Good Shifter, But Not Great - 2013 Scion FR-S Long-Term Road Test

2013 Scion FR-S Long Term Road Test

2013 Scion FR-S: Good Shifter, But Not Great

June 19, 2012


In my last Scion FR-S post, I went on and on about how fun it is to drive in the canyons. But don't think that it's perfect. There was one minor annoyance that I found.

Because I was limited to a 4,000 rpm ceiling on my first pass, I was required to climb into fifth gear from time to time. The problem I found was the downshift from fifth to fourth. Something would catch halfway between the gears and keep me from snapping it into the lower gear quickly.

And that's a shame, because the shifter is great everywhere else. The throw is short and the action is crisp. It was just that fifth to fourth downshift. It doesn't feel like a gear mechanism problem that's not allowing me to downshift, rather, it feels like some linkage if binding up.

It's probably not a big deal, since now that it's done with the break-in and dipping into fifth gear on tight twisty roads will likely be rare.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 1,090 miles

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