Stellar Handling - 2013 Scion FR-S Long-Term Road Test

2013 Scion FR-S Long-Term Road Test

2013 Scion FR-S: Stellar Handling

June 21, 2013

2013 Scion FR-S

I continue to be impressed with the handling of our 2013 Scion FR-S.

There's the sharp and perfectly intuitive steering fed to you via a wheel that feels so right in your hands. And the precision with which the suspension works as you attack corners.

In short, the FR-S is simply a blast to point through turns.

Another part of the FR-S's back-road goodness is its forgiving nature. It telegraphs exactly what it's doing, you feel it through the steering wheel and the seat, so it's easy to understand what the car is up to as you shoot for those apexes.

And yeah, the FR-S doesn't have a lot of power. No kidding. So I won't sit here and tell you that driving this thing is more fun than flogging around some 400-plus-horsepower V8 (well, it's more fun than some, on a curvy road anyway).

But that's okay. Because the FR-S's speed isn't just handed to you. You have to work for it, keep your momentum up through corners, and there's nothing wrong with having to work for something.

Regardless, the Scion's starting price of $25,255 (including destination) makes this a heckuva lot of fun for the money.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 18,555 miles


  • who wants a car that requires and rewards driving skill? Why not just get some big engine car that can leave all the camrys in the dust at stoplights? That is the true test of manliness. :P

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    This is like the ten-thousandth post of this type - it handles great, great road feel, not that much power, but rewarding to drive, and not that expensive. Yeah - check. We get it.

  • gloss gloss Posts:

    @fordson1 Is someone forcing you to click on it?

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Is someone forcing you to read my comment?

  • jederino jederino Posts:

    I have yet to test drive this. Does the wheel communicate a lot of information, beyond being accurate and responsive? The steering in wife's Ford Fusion has terrifc accuracy and responsiveness, but little road information comes through the electric steering wheel. My G35 has only decent feel at legal speeds.

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