Scion was created as an offshoot of parent company, Toyota, with the intention of attracting younger drivers and car buyers with a small lineup of affordable, unique, and customizable models. Over the years, there have been various styling, powertrain, and equipment tweaks, but the names of the models have largely remained the same. For 2015, the familiar xB returns with a new rearview camera, the tC coupe now offers paddle shifters and a bright orange/black limited-edition variant, and the tiny iQ carries over unchanged. The xD hatchback has been discontinued.
That leaves the FR-S, by far the most aggressively styled and tuned ride among the Scion ranks. Updates for 2015 include a revised suspension, mild styling enhancements, and standard automatic headlights.
Sharing its vehicle architecture with the Subaru BRZ, Scion's FR-S 2-door coupe delivers tight handling wrapped in a decidedly sporty package. For 2015, this rear-wheel-drive (RWD) model has been upgraded with a retuned suspension, new paint colors, faux carbon-fiber interior bits, and the addition of standard automatic headlights.
Scion offers the 4-passenger 2015 FR-S in a single configuration equipped with a 200-horsepower 4-cylinder engine, 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission, 17-in. alloy wheels, leather and aluminum interior accents, 6.1-in. touch-screen audio display, 6 air bags, and a full assortment of power features. All 2015 Scions also boast a 2-year/25,000-mile free factory-scheduled maintenance plan, along with 24-hour roadside assistance.
By far the brand's smallest model, the funky yet functional 2-door iQ returns for 2015 without any changes. This little front-wheel-drive (FWD) runabout provides seating for 4 occupants, draws 94 horsepower from its 1.3-liter 4-cylinder engine, and is delivered equipped with 16-in. steel wheels, continuously variable transmission (CVT), power windows and door locks, air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, 160-watt premium sound system with a 6.1-in. touch-screen display, and 11 air bags. According to the EPA, drivers of the 2015 Scion iQ can expect to average up to 37 mpg combined.
While not redesigned, last year's Scion tC did arrive with its share of updates, ranging from freshened styling to revised transmissions. Building on that, the 2015 model returns with the debut of new steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters accompanying the available automatic gearbox, and a couple of new exterior hues that serve to mix up the color palette a bit. The company has also debuted a limited-edition Release Series 9.0 tC highlighted by its orange and black paint job, lower body kit, orange cabin components, lowered suspension, and special black alloy wheels.
A little softer around the edges than the RWD FR-S, the 2-door FWD tC coupe offers seating for 5; a 179-horsepower, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine; 8 air bags; 300-watt sound system with a 6.1-in. touch-screen display; 18-in. alloy wheels; and a standard panoramic moonroof. These amenities are accompanied by a height-adjustable driver's seat, LED exterior lighting, leather interior accents, and more.
Intended to tap into the pulse of the youth market, the boxy Scion xB wagon has enjoyed much broader appeal, finding favor with relatively new drivers and empty nesters alike. Little has changed in recent years, a trend that continues for 2015 with the debut of a standard rearview camera and nothing more. So, like the 2014 model it replaces, the 2015 xB sports a 158-horsepower, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission, 6 air bags, room for 5, cruise control and the usual assortment of power features, 160-watt touch-screen audio system, Bluetooth connectivity, LED front accent lights, and up to 69.9 cu. ft. of cargo space.