There's not a lot of breathing room between the Scion FR-S and the Subaru BRZ – the two rear-drive coupes are about as close to badge-engineered as the auto industry gets in this day and age. In this case, that's not a terrible thing, though, since they're both so engaging to drive, but it does make for interesting comparisons when it comes to pricing and model year updates.

Late last month, Subaru announced pricing for its 2014 BRZ, which didn't get much more than the inclusion of Aha internet radio compatibility and a $25,595 starting price – just $100 more than the 2013 model's MSRP. A modest $25 increase in destination charges ($795) means that it starts at $26,390. For its part, Scion will ask $24,600 for a base 2014 FRS, plus $755 for delivery, for a total of $25,355. That means the Subaru is more still expensive, but it has more available equipment as well.

The 2014 Scion FR-S isn't getting many tweaks, but a couple of small changes – knee pads on both the transmission tunnel and the door panels around the speaker grilles and a new standard 6.1-inch touchscreen audio system – are appreciated. (Note: 2013 model shown above).

If you've ever wondered what each and every little difference is between the two models, Driving Vancouver has an excellent new video that shows off all of the (2013) differences, right down to the trunk liners. Check it out by scrolling below.


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      mikeybyte1
      • 1 Year Ago
      The video was great. It really highlights how much these two cars are alike. Toyota is now supposedly partnering with BMW on another sports car - the Supra replacement. Hopefully that one will result in two very different looking vehicles. There is no reason that they have to look so identical. It's really too bad they did not do more to differentiate them.
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      I vote BRZ. Blue with the spoiler is perfect. The cars are not completely identical and its why I would choose BRZ over FRS. Heck the Subaru name garners more respect and heritage than the Scion brand, even if the cars are nearly identical.
        sp33dklz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scooter
        Considering the car actually IS a Subaru, you're probably making the right choice. However, most cars these days have so many companies involved, they're hardly brand specific anymore.
      KingNine
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have driven the FR-S and I LOVE it! But isn't Scion marketed to younger people? No "normal" young person that they marketed the brand towards can afford this, I'm in my early 20s and work a decent full-time job, and, unfortunately, I know this isn't in my budget.
      Duck
      • 1 Year Ago
      IMO we should make it a law that you can't remove "destination fee" from the vehicle price. Its always increasing and damn near a GRAND now, and as far as I know there is no way to get around paying it, making it a mandatory included price of the car. But they love advertising, "AVAILABLE NOW UNDER $20K!" when its $19,999 with $800 destination charge.
      budwsr25
      • 1 Year Ago
      Push Button start in the FRS yet?
      Aaron
      • 1 Year Ago
      Briliant cars! Bravo Toyota and Subaru for making this happen! We are forever grateful. I love my BRZ, and I have owned S14\'s, Civic, Datsun 510\'s, WRX, Leggy GT, and an \'06 Elise. Take all the good things from all of those cars, mix them together and you get the BRZ/FR-S. But, yes, the FR-s should have been sold in the US as a Toyota GT-86. Regardless, dealerships in my region cannot keep them in stock.
      Ken
      • 1 Year Ago
      from the negative comments it seems the honeymoon is over with the press/critical car public. I have an FR-S and love it! Mine is certainly no longer stock but the lower base price gave me more budget to modify it, It is my summertime toy, my Yaris fills in the hauling gaps and the winter driving on snowtires. Many FR-S' in my area but I guess the avg salary is higher (Fed Gov't town) but I agree the average age of the owners is about 35 - a few early 20's and a bunch of 40+'s. My car ownership history is only a Dodge Omni, Camry, Corolla, Yaris - so the FR-S is more car than I have ever owned/driven - I'm happy with 170hp (at the rear wheels) in a 2,700lb car thank you.
        Dmack
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ken
        Do you think it is bad marketing? They should reach out to women since they out number men 2 to 1. A lot of women buys stripped down Camaro and Mustang's and even the Genesis coupe 2.0 before they bumped the price up. I think they should offer really strip down model's to get women to buy. Let's just face women like affordable 2 door cars. If it doesn't have a BMW bagged at 30k and up they are not going to buy.
      nocommie11
      • 1 Year Ago
      So, when are they going to start making cars for men not for kids?
        SquareFour
        • 1 Year Ago
        @nocommie11
        When you learn how to drive, I suggest you take one for a spin. Who knows, you might even be able to afford one, unlike that '70 Hemi Cuda or that Veyron or that '69 Boss 429 represented on the posters that line your bedroom walls.
        kuntknife
        • 1 Year Ago
        @nocommie11
        When you mature, there's this car call the FR-S and the BRZ that'll be perfect for you.
        thequebecerinfrance
        • 1 Year Ago
        @nocommie11
        Well the most awarded sports car does not care what wannabe drivers think of it. So you can spare us the lame jokes.
        superchan7
        • 1 Year Ago
        @nocommie11
        MPVs are actually the only cars that are really made "for kids".
        xspeedy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @nocommie11
        Says the 40 year old that is forced to ride a Huffy.
      Street King
      • 1 Year Ago
      Price goes up because its not selling at the volumes they were hoping for. They have to pay for its R&D somehow, and with a higher price they can do that at lower volumes.
        nocommie11
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Street King
        That's true, they can't move the ones on the lots now, there are at least a dozen of them in any color you want in any large Toyota dealership. I think the hype about the car got way out of proportion. Once you drive one, you will be greatly disappointed about the power and interior quality of materials.
        type r 98 503
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Street King
        Unfortunately that's not how supply and demand works. Where price is proportional to demand and supply is the inverse. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supply_and_demand
        clquake
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Street King
        Someone failed economics 101...
          F_Monk
          • 1 Year Ago
          @clquake
          I doubt he even made it to class.
      ryanandrewmartin
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love how people are whining for more power and instead, Toyota gives them...knee cushions. Haha.
        PICKLEBOY
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ryanandrewmartin
        a higher powered FR-S is coming. Their engineering department has already stated they're testing Hybrid, Turbo, and Higher displacement versions. Most likely the 2.5L will make production in the near future. Estimated to get around 250hp
        SquareFour
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ryanandrewmartin
        You love that? I suggest your definition of love is suspect. Besides, knee cushions are awesome! :) Seriously though, they are awesome.
      CadiVetteFerrari
      • 1 Year Ago
      When you think about the top driver cars at any price, these two are on everybody's short list. These two are so good that the steering feel, the feedback, is not far off from a Lotus Elise, which has no power steeling and is akin to driving a go-kart. That's mightily impressive.
      brgtlm
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't know why anyone would buy the FR-S, the BRZ interior alone is worth the selection.
        SquareFour
        • 1 Year Ago
        @brgtlm
        I like the BRZ's gauges better, but the navs sucks so bad I'd rather do without it and the silver dash paint looks cheap and dated. The FR-S fits what I want from a car like this better: lower cost and no unnecessary frills. Plus, I like the suspension tuning better. Feels more dialed in.
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