2013 Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ: Not A Hatchback
August 16, 2012
From afar the fastback shape of the 2013 Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ suggests these machines are hatchbacks, and indeed when most of us recall the old AE-86 we're picturing the liftback in our minds. But this is not the case; the FR-S and BRZ have a trunk like the notchier-looking AE-86 coupe.
And while it's not a very big trunk, I didn't think the Scion's 7.0 cubic feet would hamper my visit to the local appliance store because I was going after a GE Profile Spacesaver countertop microwave, a tiny 1.0 cubic foot, 800 watt model that stands less that 11 1/4 inches tall and spans less than 2 feet wide.
But foam packing corners make the box it comes in a little larger, and that's enough to keep it from fitting through the small trunk opening. The roof of the trunk is too low as well, so even a deliberate application of brute force isn't going to get it in there.
On the one hand the lack of even a smidge of utility is somewhat diappointing, but on the other hand I really value the single-minded design focus on chassis stiffness and light weight that led to the choice of trunk over hatchback. It says a lot about other less-visible engineering decisions made all over the car.
As for the microwave, I did eventually get it home.
And I didn't have to resort to out-of-the-box thinking either, by taking the microwave ... out of the box. No, I was traveling solo, so I made it ride shotgun.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 4,750 miles