New 2014 Scion FR-S Monogram Series adds a Lexus touch to Toyota's sports car
The Scion FR-S is Toyota’s entry level rear-wheel drive sports car. It used to be the company’s only sports car, but Lexus is now on a wild ride with the new IS 350, RC 350 and now the amazing RC F. However, the divide between these two Toyota brands is so wide that the Scion FR-S is literally half the price of the Lexus models. Those that wanted some refinement and near-luxury fitments in their Scion were out of luck. Until now.
The New 2014 Scion FR-S Monogram Series will be applied to a limited number of cars, about 2,000. That is about a two month supply. The cars all have luxury appointments that many buyers expect in a car. For example, heated leather seating, HID headlights, dual zone climate control, Smart-key with push button start, cargo mat and a rear spoiler. The one very interesting addition is navigation via the BeSpoke “premium” audio system. When all of these features are added to the base FR-S the price comes out to about the same as the Monogram Series. That price is a very reasonable $ 27,400 with the manual 6 speed transmission. We have drive the FR-S with the automatic and don’t recommend it, but if you must have it the price in dollars is an additional $1,100. The price in driving pleasure by opting for the automatic is far more costly.
In the automotive world special editions usually have a reason. Our speculation is that Scion sees a competitor coming that will have more value than the FR-S and has decided to create a higher trim level to keep the car competitive. That competitor must be Subaru BRZ which is the twin of this car. There is no other rear-drive affordable sports car other than the Mazda MX-5 Miata and that car is basically unchanged since about 2006. Scion Vice President Doug Murtha explained the new trim in a press release saying, “Through this limited edition Monogram Series, Scion brought together extra comforts and conveniences in the FR-S and tC without sacrificing value. By incorporating these features as standard for a limited time, we provide a great price to go head-to-head with the competition and encourage more drivers to get excited about experiencing a Scion.”
The great thing about the FR-S base model is that the stereo can easily be swapped out by any local car audio company. It is a “double-DIN” sized head unit. However, the cost adder that Scion is applying here is very reasonable to upgrade to the premium audio with Nav. The one thing we will say is that any aftermarket unit will allow the driver to input destinations and searches for food and coffee on the move. We doubt the Scion unit will allow that.
The new 2014 Scion FR-S Monogram Series looks to add the basic elements of any good touring/sport car and is well worth a look.