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2013 Scion FR-S Long-Term Road Test

2013 Scion FR-S: Family Style

April 25, 2013

2013 Scion FR-S

You already knew that the 2013 Scion FR-S doesn't offer much rear-seat legroom. Just 29.9 inches, in fact. But as this photo illustrates (possibly poorly), the FR-S is still up for a small family challenge. She didn't have a ton of room to stretch her legs, but our 7-year-old did fine back there during a day of driving around town, taking in the sights. No complaints about space or headroom with the booster seat.

Front-passenger Mom is 5'2" and petite, and could afford some forward seat travel. A taller front passenger would've run the kid out of luck. As the saying goes, your mileage may vary.

The FR-S isn't your first-choice family car. It's stiff and noisy. Cabin conversation requires a forceful voice. But it does the job in a pinch without punishment. I could see the Scion FR-S (and Subaru BRZ) being an ideal car for a newly-minted parent coming from a Miata or S2000, or perhaps needing to retire an aging Integra or RSX, but still looking for that thrill.

Dan Frio, Automotive Editor @ 15,500 miles


Comments

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    "I could see the Scion FR-S (and Subaru BRZ) being an ideal car for a newly-minted parent coming from a Miata or S2000, or perhaps needing to retire an aging Integra or RSX, but still looking for that thrill." Exactly. My Miata still works with one kid in a pinch, but when the second comes around I hope to replace it with an FRS.

  • jederino jederino Posts:

    And I could downsize my G35 sedan when its ready for replacement, and my boy has grown into a booster seat...nice!

  • bassracerx bassracerx Posts:

    when i was a kid i had to deal with a 91 grand-am coupe until i was 10 and then my dad got a daewoo hatchback. if i got this car and put my kid in the backseat he still wouldent even know the MEANING of the word cramped. that being said the first time i saw this car in person i immediately put it on the would-not-own list because it is downright diminuative and although it is a "drivers car" it is stile S-L-O-W i would rather have a v6 mustang or something similar and it would post similer numbers around a track. i think the frs/brz is more of a 2 seater with a backseat thrown in for lower insurance prices.

  • jederino jederino Posts:

    @bassracerx: I'm thinking the back seats are slightly more useful than those in the 911, so there's a benefit to outweigh the speed concerns you have!

  • DLu DLu Posts:

    "I could see the Scion FR-S (and Subaru BRZ) being an ideal car for a newly-minted parent coming from a Miata or S2000" A first-time parent has enough stress already. Trying to fit a carseat in THAT is going to be tough at best. Young couple with a small puppy maybe ...

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