2013 Scion FR-S: Unexpected Features
June 12, 2013
The Scion FR-S's dual auto windows are a nice touch. Scion could've cheaped out and offered neither or just one window with auto up/down. You start to notice these seemingly minor features (or their absence) where you least expect them when you're in and out of different cars all the time.
The FR-S offers dual auto windows, but "smart key" entry where touching the handle unlocks the doors is only available on the limited edition 10 Series or through aftermarket kits. Perhaps this is an intentional distinction, an agreement between Scion and Subaru, as the BR-Z does offer smart key entry. Our Prius C "Three" model, meanwhile, offers touch entry, but only driver window auto up/down.
It's easy to go cross-eyed staring at feature sheets, so it helps to move in and out of cars regularly and get a sense of how feature sets are evolving at specific price points. This is something you can even do yourself. If you're particularly curious and mildly sadistic, visit your local dealer lots and test-drive a few models. You might end up buying a car from one of them someday, so make them humor you.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor @ 18,100 miles