2013 Scion FR-S Long Term Road Test

2013 Scion FR-S: Useless Speedometer

September 10, 2012

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The Toyabaru twins' analog speedometer is pretty much completely useless. During the day, it's often too dark to read its tiny numbers (especially with sunglasses) and its range of travel is always taking place from 4 to 7 o'clock where it's even darker. I'm not sure who thought it was a cool idea to make a speedometer appear to go backwards as the car goes faster, but it's not.

Contrast this to the tachometer which has larger numbers, sensible dial travel, better lighting and in the FR-S, that bright silver trim. It also incorporates a digital speedometer that I've used 100 percent of the time when driving these two cars. It is what ultimately renders the analog speedo completely useless. So, I'd just do what a World War II fighter pilot would've done ...

Gauges with Sweetheart back home

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 5719 miles

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