2013 Scion FR-S Long Term Road Test

2013 Scion FR-S: The Stitching

September 17, 2012

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Yep, I sure enjoy driving the FR-S, even when it's just back and forth to the office, or around town. Can't wait until I have time to take it on a back road to see how much more capable it is with the new tires in comparison to the stocker I took up Glendora Mountain Road many months ago.

But the car isn't perfect. For instance, although the shift action is fine, with reasonably short throws and good precision, the red stitching on the knob is kinda rough. As minor an irritant as this is, I do notice the coarseness on the heel of my hand as I snick it through the gates on the 2-3 and 4-5 upshifts. Feels cheap.

Worse, it doesn't appear there's even a reason for this stitching's existence. Other than "aesthetics."

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 6,178 miles.

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