Scion is a brand of vehicles produced by Toyota for the North American market. Scion was founded in 2002 and was first introduced in March 2002 at the New York Auto Show. Marketed as a youth brand, the Scion lineup uses a one-trim and a simplified purchase process.
The 2013 Scion FR-S (Front engine Rear drive Sports coupe) is a sports coupe that was inspired by the legendary Toyota 2000 GT. This affordable Japanesse sports car is all new and is built in collaboration with Subaru, which co-developed (along with Toyota) a flat 4-cylinder horizontally opposed direct-injection boxer engine (same engine as his brother, the Subaru BRZ). The rear-wheel-drive Scion FR-S comes with seats for four and features an excellent steering, high fuel economy, a light and well-balanced chassis, comfortable front seats, a distinctive styling and abundant standard features. The FR-S competes with Mazda MX-5 Miata, Hyundai Genesis coupe and Subaru BRZ.
The 2013 Scion FR-S is available in a single trim level (like all Scion’s models) and comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, chrome-tipped dual exhaust, power windows, keyless entry, power mirrors, air conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel, cruise control, 6-way driver and 4-way front-passenger manually adjustable seats, cloth upholstery, leather-wrapped shift knob, aluminum sport pedals, Bluetooth connectivity and an 8-speaker, 300-watt Pioneer sound system. 18-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, fog lights, front LED running lights, dual-zone automatic climate control, an electroluminescent dashboard and a premium BeSpoke sound system are available as options.
The Scion FR-S is powered by a 2.0-liter horizontally opposed boxer four-cylinder engine that produces 200 hp and 151 pound-feet of torque. This engine is paired with a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifter and dynamic rev management.
Standard safety features include ABS, brake assist, traction control, stability control, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags.
The Aol Autos website says about the new Scion FR-S:
The Scion FR-S offers track-day fun at an attainable price. Its traditional rear-wheel-drive layout with double-wishbone independent rear suspension and low center of gravity make for an entertaining driver’s car.
The 2014 Hyundai Veloster is a sporty hatchback coupe with two front doors and one forward-opening rear door on the passenger side of the car. This stylish three-door hatchback has an attractive and modern cabin design, with soft-touch surfaces and a sport three-spoke leather steering wheel. A 7-inch touchscreen multimedia display (that is the largest multimedia touchscreen in its class) is standard for all models. A rearview camera, driver-side blind-spot mirror and daytime running lights are now also standard on all models. A new Turbo R-Spec model of Veloster is available for 2014. The Hyundai Veloster competes with Honda CR-Z, Scion tC and Mini Cooper.
The Veloster is also notable for its standard electronics and entertainment features such as an iPod interface, Bluetooth connectivity and Pandora radio. The BlueLink emergency communications system is also present and comes with the typical safety telematics features. Standard safety features for all 2014 Hyundai Veloster include antilock brakes (ABS), traction control, stability control, side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags.
The 2014 Hyundai Veloster is offered in three trim levels: base, Turbo R-Spec and Turbo. The 2014 Veloster comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, dual fold-away heated power bodycolor side mirrors, dual centered chrome-tipped exhaust, rear window wiper/washer, headlights with LED accents, Daytime Running Lights (DRL), air conditioning, power windows, a 6-way adjustable driver seat, cloth upholstery, 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, an advanced LCD trip computer, a 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen with rearview camera and a 6-speaker audio system with CD/MP3 player and iPod/USB interface. A navigation system, a panoramic tilt-and-slide sunroof, fog lights and 18-inch alloy wheels with painted inserts are available as options.
The Turbo R-Spec adds, as standard, 18-inch alloy wheels with chrome accents, an unique front fascia/grille, projector headlights, LED tail lights, unique interior seating, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, B&M Racing Sport shifter and a 450-watt Dimension premium sound system with 8 speakers and subwoofer. The Veloster Turbo adds to the Turbo R-Spec side mirrors with turn-signal indicators, automatic headlights, keyless entry, keyless ignition, a 6-way adjustable power seat with power lumbar, leather upholstery, heated front seats and an electroluminescent gauge cluster. All Veloster Turbo models come standard with Torque Vectoring Control (TVC) to help drivers get the most performance of its engine.
The 2014 Hyundai Veloster comes standard with a 1.6-liter GDI DOHC 4-cylinder engine with Dual-CVVT that produces 138 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque. This engine is paired standard with a 6-speed manual transmission, while a 6-speed EcoShift Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) is optional. The Veloster Turbo and Turbo R-Spec are powered by a 1.6-liter Turbo GDI 4-cylinder engine that produces 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. The 6-speed manual transmission is standard while a 6-speed automatic transmission is optional.
The Car Connection website says about 2014 Hyundai Veloster:
The 2014 Hyundai Veloster is more sporty coupe than sports car; but with available turbo power and a standout three-door design it isn’t short on excitement and flair.
You can watch a video Veloster review on YouTube.
The 2014 Honda Insight is a hatchback hybrid that comes with good handling dynamics and a competitive price. This five-seat, five-door suburban-oriented hatchback is one of the most fuel-efficient cars on the market. The most direct competitor of the Insight is the Toyota Prius C, that is similar in concept, size and price. Honda Insight also competes with other non-hybrid cars, like Volkswagen Golf and Ford Fiesta.
The 2014 Honda Insight has front-wheel drive and comes in three trim levels: base, LX and EX. The Insight base comes standard with 15-inch steel wheels, full power accessories, automatic climate control, 60/40-split-folding rear seats, driver’s seat height adjustment, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a trip computer and a 2-speaker audio system with a CD player.
The Insight LX adds as standard equipment a front center armrest, cruise control and an upgraded 4-speaker audio system with an iPod/USB interface. The 2014 Insight EX adds 15-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, automatic headlights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity and a six-speaker audio system. A navigation system with voice controls and a touchscreen, and a rearview camera are available as options for the EX.
The 2014 Honda Insight is powered by a hybrid system that consists of a gasoline engine and an electric motor (a nickel-metal hydride battery pack is also present, of course!). The 1.3-liter in-line four-cylinder engine produces 85 hp and it is paired with a permanent Magnet AC Synchronous electric motor that produces 13 hp and 58 lb-ft of torque. The maximum combined output is 98 hp and 123 pound-feet of torque. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is standard for the base Insight and LX. The EX comes with a CVT with paddle shifters that basically functions like a regular automatic transmission.
Standard safety features of the 2014 Honda Insight include 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction control, stability control, active front headrests, side curtain airbags and front-seat side airbags.
The Kia Soul debuted as a 2010 model, and for 2014 it was redesigned. The Soul is one of Kia’s best-selling models and also it is Kia’s first exclusive model, not a version of an existing model from parent company Hyundai. The 2014 Kia Soul comes with a roomy cabin, a fantastic amount of cargo space for its class, comfortable and supportive seats, and high-quality materials.
The 2014 Kia Soul is a front-wheel drive four-door hatchback with seating for five, that is offered in three trim levels: base, + (Plus) and ! (Exclaim). The base model comes standard with 16-inch wheels, rear privacy glass, hill-start assist, power-heated side mirrors, air conditioning, full power accessories, cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 60/40-split-folding rear seats, Bluetooth connectivity and a 6-speaker audio system with a CD player, iPod/USB interface and steering wheel-mounted controls.
The Soul + (Plus) adds 17-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, keyless entry, front seat center console armrest and a fold-down rear seat armrest. A navigation system with an 8-inch touchscreen display, a panoramic sunroof, automatic headlights, foglights, keyless ignition, heated and ventilated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, leather upholstery and 10-way power driver seat are all available as options.
The Lia Soul ! (Exclaim) adds to the Soul+ model with standard equipment foglights, 18-inch wheels, LED daytime running lights, the leather-wrapped steering wheel, the 10-way power driver seats, a cooled glavebox and power-folding side mirrors. A navigation system, an automatic climate control, xenon headlights, heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, an upgraded instrument panel and an updated Infinity sound system are available as options.
The 2014 Kia Soul base comes with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder DOHC 16-valve engine that produces 130 hp and 118 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard while a 6-speed automatic transmission is optional. The Soul+ and Soul! models are offered with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 164 hp and 151 lb-ft torque. The six-speed aotomatic is the only available transmission.
Standard safety features of the 2014 Kia Soul include four-wheel ABS, traction control, stability control, hill-start assist, active front head restraints, front-seat side airbags and side curtain airbags. A rearview camera is available as an option.