There are very few vehicles available today that compare directly with the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ twins. A case could be made for the Mazda MX-5 Miata, and possibly even six-cylinder versions of American coupes like the Ford Mustang. Pretty much everything else is either too expensive or is powered by the wrong set of wheels.

The boys from EverydayDriver on YouTube decided the only fair way to judge the inherent qualities of the Toyobaru twins was to pit them against two standard-bearers of years past: The Honda S2000 and Mazda RX-8. Neither of these cars is an exact matchup, with the Honda boasting a convertible top and the RX-8 offering more practicality via a rear seat and two reverse-opening doors for easier access. What they do offer, however, are similar performance stats and proven reputations for excellent handling.

None of this talk answers the real question, though: Which one wins the comparison test? Scroll down to watch the video, and be prepared for something of a surprise conclusion.


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          ravenosa
          • 1 Year Ago
          Not know how to drive must be frustrating as heck for ya, kid. You ever think of learning?
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      Justin
      • 1 Year Ago
      The S2000 is still incredibly lust-worthy.
      PICKLEBOY
      • 1 Year Ago
      One thing that doesn't quite fit right is the fact that the RX8 and S2000 both cost much more new than the FR-S. Yes the money for them used is comparable to a new FR-S, but shouldn't the fact that the two cars are used play into account if you're considering choosing one of these. You'd be really hard pressed to find an unmolested S2000
        Scooter
        • 1 Year Ago
        @PICKLEBOY
        haha @ unmolested. So many of them were violated and driven into the ground. You either find em priced like almost new or really, really beat up.
        PatrickH
        • 1 Year Ago
        @PICKLEBOY
        You need to do more research. There are plenty of S2000s out there unmolested.
      Dfelix70
      • 1 Year Ago
      I seriously think I shed a tear on this. I lamented almost daily getting the 350Z Roadster instead of the S2000 back in 2006 even though I truly looooved my Z. And it still makes me sad to know that Honda discontinued it, which makes absolutely zero sense. Honda/Acura seriously needs to get back on their A game and not worry about counting the goddamn beans all the time. They have gotten rid of cars that truly could have extended legacies in the automotive industry: NSX, S2000, Integra Type-R, Legend Sedan and Coupe, Prelude Si, CRX Si. Stop letting the bean counters rule the boardroom (or whoever makes the decisions over there!!!)
        SCOTTM
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dfelix70
        Actually, it makes complete sense...because guys like you bought Z's instead. Maybe if you and the other lamenters who bought RX-8's and MX-5's would have bought the car you really wanted (S2000), it would still be around, only in a modern iteration. So shame on you. You have nobody to blame but yourself.
      micetree
      • 1 Year Ago
      I drive an FR-S, and I have to agree with them on the fact that the S2000 is the better performance car. That being said, I'm 33 years old and drive 45min to work and 45min back home five days a week. As a fun daily driver, the FR-S was my choice. With an occasionally heavy foot I average 29mpg. An S2000 would be in the low 20's. RX-8, even worse. 40HP less, yes. Better MPG and still fun in the twisty bits, yes. So if you want a fun RWD daily driver that won't beat you and your wallet up, the FR-S wins.
        Mr E
        • 1 Year Ago
        @micetree
        that's about where i'm at too. my current car has 170-something hp and, i pretty much never use all of it during my commute.
        Poe
        • 1 Year Ago
        @micetree
        A quick trip to fuelly.com shows that the majority of S2000 owners average around 24 MPG - but there are some who average in the upper 20's, with highs of 32 or more. My 50-mile commute is mostly 55-mph rural 2-lane highway, so I'd guess I'd be in the high 20's most of the time if not low 30's (if I could keep the revs down, but how much fun is that?).
      sinistro79
      • 1 Year Ago
      Honestly, I wasn't that surprised by the outcome of this comparison test.
        Echelon Bob
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sinistro79
        Agree completely. Comparing FR-S to RX-8, maybe. But S2000? No chance.
      budwsr25
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would love to have all 3 of these cars sitting in my driveway. I have looked at several s2000\'s over the years for sale and they all have been drove hard and put away wet. The sellers still have the nerve to ask top dollar for them.
      thumerzs
      • 1 Year Ago
      Reviewers seen driving a convertible with the windows up just goes to make the point that I\'ve been saying all along - somebody needs to offer an affordable sports car again - with a targa or t-top roof.
      Brodz
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think what the S2000's problem was, is that it wasn't price competitive. It was in Honda tradition, over-engineered. They weren't able to achieve the balance that Mazda could.
      Cor
      • 1 Year Ago
      We are quite lucky in South Africa. The AP2 came with all the updates and upgrades on suspension etc, but they decided to keep the AP's 9k RPM 2.0 engine. Best of both worlds!
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      Honda, I'm still waiting...
      mikeybyte1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Prelude. S2000. Acura Integra. Honda made some really fun tossable machines at it's peak. Makes you realize how mainstream they have become. I wonder if they will ever try to return to those days.
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