At one time many thought that vehicles produced from Japanese car companies were pieces of junk. That perception has largely changed and now these same automakers produce some very dependable cars.
Beyond daily drivers they all make some very good performance cars. These range from the Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster to the supercar beating Nissan GT-R. Without further hesitation we announce our nominees for our Import Car of the Year.
The Scion FR-S is a fun to drive lightweight rear-wheel-drive sports car. The car may not be the fastest machine in the world, but it is a well balanced car perfect for a back road.
The car is affordable, but that means that higher-end feeling trim is not often used. That was until now. The exclusive Scion FR-S Release Series 2.0 offers a more luxurious performance machine and only 1,000 examples will be produced.
“The FR-S is well known for being a fabulous sports car, and now we’re taking it up a notch in the luxury arena,” said Scion Vice President Andrew Gilleland. “It’s the perfect car to take from the race track during the day to the red carpet that evening.”
Today, I was filming an episode of our upcoming, nearly daily, vlog called My Depreciated Porsche (more on that next week). In it we spotted a Scion FR-S and this brought up some conversation about if it is better to drive a new Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ or an inexpensive Porsche Boxster.
If you look at the two cars they are very similar in many ways, at least on paper. The early 986 Boxster has about the same horsepower, weighs about the same and launches from 0-60 mph in about the same time. Both the FR-S and Boxster are good handling fun to drive cars.
Click past the jump (or scroll down if you came directly to the full article) to find out more about the 986 Boxster versus Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ.
Now the road going FR-S (or Subaru BR-Z for that matter) is a fun to drive sporty vehicle that many feel would be just incredible with a bit more horsepower. The purpose built machine that will make the climb is a Mackin FR-S that was first shown at SEMA. Besides the needed safety equipment there is something that we would like to see in a production FR-S sitting under the hood.
Click past the jump (or scroll down if you came directly to the full article) to find out more about the Mackin FR-S and the driver that will take on Pikes Peak.
You may have seen our What Would You Drive game already. If not, the way it works is you see pictures of two cars and you choose the vehicle that you would rather drive. It then keeps a record of wins and losses and awards points to each car.
Based on the points we have compiled this list of the most popular and least popular cars as of June 29th. As you can see , you love Porsches and McLarens, but Elios and Ford Mustangs didn’t do quite so well.
Below are the highest rated cars starting with the most popular car.
Porsche 911 GT3
Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet
Porsche 911 Turbo S
Porsche Cayman S
Porsche 918 Spyder
Porsche 911 Targa 4S
Porsche Cayman GT4
Porsche Boxster GTS
Below are the lowest rated cars starting with the least popular vehicle.