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2013 Scion FR-S Long-Term Road Test

2013 Scion FR-S: Hidden Fuel Filler Arrow

November 12, 2013

2013 Scion FR-S

Notice anything missing from this photo of the 2013 Scion FR-S?

If you guessed "the arrow that points to the side of the car the fuel filler is on," you're right.

It's being perfectly hidden by the fuel gauge needle.

Here it is in this second photo.

2013 Scion FR-S

Most (but not all) cars are designed these days so that you can see the fuel arrow no matter where the needle is pointing.

Obviously, this is more important for folks like us who drive different cars all the time, but having a fuel arrow you can see is helpful to anyone as you pull into the station.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 23,845 miles


  • adamb1 adamb1 Posts:

    Why can't we just agree the filler goes on the driver's (US) side and be done with it. I hate the filler on the right side on my Ford Focus.

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    Man, are you guys picky. You normally don't fill up on half a tank, so it probably does not matter to anyone. And it's not a rental fleet staple, so any owner knows where the filler is.

  • gloss gloss Posts:

    Well, if you can see that it's not on the left side, it's safe to assume it's on the right, I'm pretty sure.

  • stever stever Posts:

    Naturally the filler is on different sides of our two cars. I'm always checking to see which side of the car the filler when I'm stopping for gas. And yeah, the default location should be on the driver's side.

  • I appreciate that every car that I've owned has always had it's gas cap on the drivers' side of the car. Unfortunately, more often than not this is true for everybody else too! I wish mine were on the passengers' side of the car so I could skip the lines.

  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    Cars I've owned with the filler on the driver's side: '93 Integra, '97 Escort, '05 F150, '13 Optima. Cars I've owned with the filler on the passenger's side: '01 Eclipse, '02 Mustang, '07 Focus, '14 Focus. So it's been split pretty evenly for me, but I'd have to agree that it's more convenient on the driver's side (despite the increased likelihood of opening your door into a concrete pole).

  • kirkhilles_ kirkhilles_ Posts:

    To me, it should be on every car intended to be in a rental fleet. Otherwise, it's really not a big deal. I do like it on the Drivers side, though.

  • tp660 tp660 Posts:

    @adamb1 This video should answer your question. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-MKtUU1XAM

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    I hate to admit that I recall many cars had the filler hidden behind the rear license plate frame. Then it didn't freakin' matter until you got hit from behind and burst into flames!!!

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    This is the first time an Edmunds LT car was ever taken to a gas station before it was sucking the last drop from the furthest corner of the tank. This is rather momentous.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    @noburgers: I had a 1970 Olds with the gas filler behind the rear license plate. The versatility was great, but nozzles never wanted to stay in place. I had to hold it in place the entire time. That got old quick. But another nice thing was that a lot of

  • hybris hybris Posts:

    @ My father had a 1987 Chevy Cutlass Supreme with the same deal. Only downsides were the easy to break steering column for car thieves and the fact that people loved to steal the chrome bumpers and hubcaps.

  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    Whenever I see "Cutlass" I think of the early-'90s crapbox one of my in-laws used to drive around in. Ugh. At least your father's '87 wasn't wrong wheel drive. (And I think you mean Oldsmobile not Chevy.)

  • philosophy philosophy Posts:

    This is ridiculous. If the needle covers the right side, and there is no arrow on the left side, then the fuel cap is on the right. Logic.

  • actualsize actualsize Posts:

    Yes. I never have this problem. The needle isn't sinking past 1/4 tank yet. The design would be a problem if you couldn't see it at that point. Interestingly, you can play "guess the fuel filler door side" while following a car at 100 yards. You don't have to be able to see down the sides, either. Simply locate the exhaust pipe and nine times out of ten the filler door will be on the opposite side. Amaze your friends! Win bar bets! Sadly, this trick doesn't work with dual or central exhausts.

  • actualsize actualsize Posts:

    Automakers can't standardize fuel filler doors on the driver's side because the definition of driver's side itself varies around the globe. They're not going to reroute the filler and exhaust for different countries. It's much harder (and far less necessary) than steering wheels. So they pick a side based on mundane and largely unseen packaging requirements and move on.

  • explorerx4 explorerx4 Posts:

    Rumor has it that more collisions damage the left rear than right rear. Unless you are my wife, not too many people worry about filling up with half a tank left.

  • barich1 barich1 Posts:

    I can't understand why you all want the fuel door on the driver's side. Then you're opening your door into the gas pump or concrete island. I much prefer it on the passenger's side so I have more room to get out of my car.

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