The Subaru BRZ is only going to be available for a few people, so most people will have to buy its nearly identical twin, the Scion FR-S. That isn’t so bad, as the FR-S is going to cost less than $25,000 with a manual and get up to 30 miles per gallon.
Tons of fun
The Toyota-Subaru joint venture that produced the Subaru BRZ, also being called the Toyota 86 and GT86 and the Scion FR-S, is capturing attention because the car is a throwback to classic sports cars Toyota and other car makers used to make.
It isn’t going to be a drain on the wallet to drive it. According to Car and Driver, EPA ratings have just been made available for the Scion FR-S. Models equipped with a manual six-speed transmission will get 22 miles per gallon city and 30 mpg highway. Models with the six-speed automatic transmission will sip even more moderately, getting a very respectable 25 mpg city, 34 mpg highway.
Price now available
The price for the Subaru version of the car, the BRZ, is not available yet. A limited number of people will be able to buy one, though, as Subaru is only bringing 6,000 of them to the U.S. this year. However, the prices for the FR-S have been announced, according to USA Today.
The FR-S with a six-speed manual will cost $24,200. The automatic will cost $25,300, though that is before the $730 destination fee. However, according to AutoBlog, the automatic transmission also comes with paddle shifters and automated rev-matching for smoother gear changes. The engine is a Subaru 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine, producing 200 horsepower.
The car is definitely geared toward the younger, hipper buyer, as it also includes a 300-watt Pioneer sound system with CD and USB inputs as well as Bluetooth connectivity and HD radio, according to USA Today.
Some other options
There are some other rear-wheel drive coupes available. The Ford Mustang, Chevy Camaro and Dodge Challenger all cost less than $25,000 and produce 100 or more horsepower than the FR-S. However, they get worse gas mileage and are also up to 1,000 pounds heavier, which makes a difference while driving.
The Hyundai Genesis Coupe, in the base four-cylinder model, produces 274 horsepower with a 2.0-liter engine and costs $24,250. It gets slightly worse mileage, as the manual transmission is rated at 21 mpg city, 30 mpg highway and the automatic gets 20 city, 31 highway.
There is also the Mazda Miata, which is cheaper at $23,470 for the base model, but also less powerful with 167 horsepower and it lacks a back seat. However, Mazda dealers are likely to still have a few RX-8 models in stock, which are more powerful with 232 horsepower with the manual gearbox, and slightly more expensive at $26,795. The RX-8 also doesn’t get as good of mileage, at 16 mpg city and 22 highway.