Jay Leno has finally gotten around to getting his hands on the Scion FR-S. The latest episode of Jay Leno's Garage is all about the new low-buck sports car from Toyota. Jack Hollis, the vice president and General Manager of Scion, stops in to give the TV personality a full walk-around of the 200-horsepower coupe. While Leno's collection includes every shade of high-horsepower machinery, the comedian is also a fan of cheap driving fun for the masses. Hollis hits the high points of the model's development, including the tie-in with Subaru and not-so-subtle nods to the ghosts of Toyota performance past.

As usual, the cameras follow Leno as he takes the FR-S onto the streets around Los Angeles for a quick sprint. He also submits the boxer four to his typical "immaturity test" with mixed results. We approve all the same. You can check out the full video by scrolling below or head over to JayLenosGarage.com to check out a few photos of the FR-S hanging out in the Big Dog Garage.



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      Soul Shinobi
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love this car but I want to murder the Scion rep.
      Vergenbuurg
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's much more fun when Jay speaks with an engineer or designer... not a talking head spouting marketing bullets.
        Keldon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Vergenbuurg
        Exactly! Jay: "So you know why its called a boxer engine right?" Doofus: "Uh, huh, uh...because it comes in a box?"
      sanmusa
      • 2 Years Ago
      With Scion original offerings I never thought I would ever like the brand. But this car is making me look at it from a different point of view. Not just a customizeable people mover, but actually fun to drive. Kudos to Toyota for actually making a rear wheel drive coupe!
      graphikzking
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wish Nissan would have gotten in as well and made a 240. They would add a turbo or a Nismo option. I would love to see TRD come out with a small supercharger or turbo. Just to get it to like 240hp and 230torque. I realize that it has good power to weight ratio but I just think that it could use a bit more torque.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      jamiescale
      • 2 Years Ago
      So, this VP from Scion didn't know why they call it a boxer engine?? In 5 seconds he painted himself in my mind as simply an exec who spits out talking points and is not a car guy in the least... C'mon Scion....if you REALLY wanna seem hip, cool and like you know the enthusiast crowd, at least send someone to do these pitches that knows a little something about cars over and above what they saw in your corporate PowerPoint deck.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jamiescale
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        Gernn Blanston
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jamiescale
        It felt like a soft ad. Maybe sponsor paid-for? Definitely soft-pedaled in deference to a major advertiser. Like the Miata stats butchering at 3:00. Two car guys that clueless on a chief competitor? Please.
        jonnybimmer
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jamiescale
        Or... he just said he didn't know so Jay could explain it to him, just as when Jay asked about the power and weight of the car. I'm pretty sure he knew before hand, but asking the Scion rep to explain it aloud allowed the viewers to learn about it. These would be pretty poor videos if they had conversations like, "You know the power and weight of this?" "Sure sure, and you know why this is called a Boxer motor?" "Yup. Now moving along..." Explaining things that most of us already know allows the viewers who are still in the dark to learn about the car.
          Hazdaz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @jonnybimmer
          Thank you. At least someone gets how interviews like this work. If anything, the guy from Scion was probably trying to set up Jay for some kind of joke that never materialized, or for one of his esoteric factoids about the car business that seemingly Jay only knows. In this case, Jay's reply was quite lame, but many of times he can go off on some story-telling tangent for a good 5 minutes about why this particular component is called this, or why someone designed something else a particular way.
        Peter Middleton
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jamiescale
        shut your pie hole
      Ham Hock
      • 2 Years Ago
      Turns out Scion's VP is a bit of a spaz... Should have had an engineer present the car instead.
        Keldon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ham Hock
        Agreed, he seemed at a loss for words too many times.
      AMG THIS
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Can it do a Burnout" - No. Apparently not.
      Roshan Gomez
      • 2 Years Ago
      the Toyota guy did not know what a boxer engine is!!! give me that job...
        WillieD
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Roshan Gomez
        He didn't know where the name came from...slight difference.
          Howard Lew
          • 2 Years Ago
          @WillieD
          one more time; Seppuku....per Wikipedia..."Seppuku (切腹?, "stomach-cutting") is a form of Japanese ritual suicide by disembowelment. Seppuku was originally reserved only for samurai. Part of the samurai bushido honor code, seppuku was either used voluntarily by samurai to die with honor rather than fall into the hands of their enemies (and likely suffer torture), or as a form of capital punishment for samurai who had committed serious offenses, or performed for other reasons that had brought shame to them."
        Howard Lew
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Roshan Gomez
        He should know...they've been around for quite a while....Sepuku time!!!!!!
      carfan
      • 2 Years Ago
      I lost all respect for leno...I always thought this guy likes cars, what's this POS idoing n his garage??? Is toyota paying him to advertise their rikshaw!?
      Keldon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Does Leno know the difference between an A and B pillar? And does he have Alzheimers?? How many times did he ask how much it weighed? Jeesh.
      Josh C
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Scion rep didn't know the origin of a "boxer" motor. We've been reader about the developments for years and I think almost all of the readers on this site could have done a better job than he did.
        Hazdaz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Josh C
        With the way the question was asked, I was expecting some kind of funny story from Jay maybe relating it back to an actual pugilist. Everyone knows that a horizontally-opposed engine looks like the arms of a Rock-em, Sock-em robot, but I was disappointed by Jay's answer.
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