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The Subaru BRZ and Scion FRS Are Basically The Same Cars

When it comes to comparing similar cars, there are some that we generally acknowledge are basically the same car. This happens for cars that look identical, share similar features, or have a lot in common. When we talk about cars like the Toyota Supra and how it’s closely related to the BMW Z4 we look at all of the parts that were created in collaboration between the two. When we look at cars like the BRZ and FRS, it’s hard to distinguish if they actually have any differences.

BRZ and FRS Styling

When it comes to appearances, the Subaru BRZ and Scion FRS have a lot in common. In fact, if you didn’t know any better from looking at the badge, you might be inclined to mix them up. The BRZ and FRS have similar headlight shapes which makes it harder to distinguish between them in low light or at night. Their front bumpers aren’t twins, but they aren’t far enough from each other. In fact, their front bumpers are so similar that it just looks like they are different trim packages of the same car.

The BRZ and FRS have similar, if not the exact same, body lines that follow from the aggressive front ends over the back of the car and to the trunk. The stock wheels of both cars are almost completely identical as well, but many owners opt to put aftermarket wheels on these cars because they are incredibly customizable. The rear taillights of the car are also very similar and, much like the headlights, you probably couldn’t tell if you were coming across a BRZ or FRS if it was getting dark outside.

CHICAGO – FEBRUARY 19: 2016 Scion FR-S is on display at the 108th Annual Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois on February 19, 2016. (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)

They also share the same exact trunk lid, rear bumper, diffuser, and exhaust tips. From the front view, side view, and rearview, the Scion FRS and Subaru BRZ could be identical twins. Subaru and Scion thought they could change it up simply by moving the badge placement on the trunk lid and we wouldn’t notice.

Okay, so they do have some differences

The Scion FRS and Subaru BRZ do have some mechanic differences that set them apart. The BRZ, for example, has a softer suspension than the FRS, which means it goes over bumps more smoothly. The FRS, on the other hand, has a stiffer suspension so you feel more of the bumps in the road. The chassis of both cars are not only the same design, but they are also both made at the same factory.

So, you might be thinking…at least the interiors are probably different…right? Kind of. They have the same steering wheel and share a similar dashboard and center console layout that makes the interiors seem identical. The materials used on the dashboard and center console can vary in color options and slightly different in way of the radio and size of the climate control knobs, but they are otherwise very similar.

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM – JANUARY 13: Subaru BRZ compact coupe sports car on display at Brussels Expo on January 13, 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. The BRZ is also marketed as Toyota 86 (Toyota FT86, “nToyota GT86) and as Scion FR-S in the US. Photo by Sjoerd van der Wal/Getty Images)

Altogether, the Scion FRS and Subaru BRZ could easily be different trim levels of the same car. They have very few differences and the differences they do have are so small and insignificant that it’s genuinely hard to tell the difference between the two.