The rear-wheel-drive Scion FR-S features a 200-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, teamed with a choice of a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.
Its mere 2,800-pound curb weight and optimal weight distribution give it super-agile handling and balance at its limits.
In corners, the car turns in promptly, with virtually no body lean.
The steering is well weighted, with decent feedback.
Inside, the cabin is relatively plain, with well-bolstered front sport seats, but the stiff ride and elevated noise levels can be taxing, and the vestigial rear seats are best left for cargo.
Taken as a sports car, it's an admirable effort, but the FR-S might be somewhat tiresome as a daily driver.