Remember years ago, when affordable performance coupes ruled the roads? Well, check it out: The 2013 Scion FR-S is bringing sporty back. It may have taken a while, but the FR-S was sure worth the wait. With sizzling performance and looks to match, this rear-wheel-drive Scion is good old-fashioned fun on a budget. Here are five reasons why you've got to check out Scion's latest.

1. All-World Athleticism
On winding roads, the featherweight FR-S really shines. Tipping the scales at just over 2,700 pounds, the Scion undercuts its rivals by hundreds of pounds, so it dances through corners without ever feeling cumbersome. But it's not just about that svelte waistline. With its extraordinarily low center of gravity and hair-trigger steering precision, the FR-S was designed from the ground up to handle like a true sports car. Even premium rides like the Porsche Cayman have to work hard to keep up.

2. Designed for Track Day
Lots of cars have high-performance pretensions, but few are actually built with the track in mind. The FR-S is an exception. The engineers purposely left extra headroom for helmets, so even taller track jockeys should fit easily in full racing attire. As for the tiny back seat, well, it's actually intended to carry racing tires and tools, not people. How cool is that?

3. Comfortable Enough for the Street

Amazingly, the FR-S still feels at home in daily driving thanks to fantastic front seats, a surprisingly compliant ride and even an optional automatic transmission. For an extra $845, you can also enjoy Scion's BeSpoke touchscreen audio system with voice recognition, Pandora compatibility and more. The FR-S is still best for folks who really like to push their cars hard, but you could easily get away with commuting to work in this thing, and that's a testament to the all-around engineering effort behind it.

4. Style to Spare
With curves in all the right places, the FR-S scores serious style points. The best part is, Scion managed to make the styling eye-catching without going over the top. No silly wings or hood scoops here-just clean, crisp lines conveying that the FR-S means business. One concern some people have about sport coupes is that they're not "mature" enough, but we think the FR-S is sufficiently restrained to appeal to a wide age range.

5. Reasonably Priced
As a true purpose-built sport coupe, the FR-S doesn't have many peers at its entry price of about $25,000. If you want this kind of athleticism from another automaker, prepare to pay up. The no-nonsense FR-S isn't the fastest or loudest car in this segment, but it gives you all the handling you need at a price you can afford.

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Josh Sadlier is an automotive journalist based in Los Angeles and has contributed to such publications as and He holds arguably the most unexpected degree in his profession: a master's in Theological Studies.

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