What I Won't Miss - 2013 Scion FR-S Long-Term Road Test

2013 Scion FR-S Long Term Road Test

2013 Scion FR-S: What I Won't Miss

December 11, 2013

2013 Scion FR-S

As a follow-up to my list of things I'll miss when we sell our long-term 2013 Scion FR-S, here are some items I will not miss.

Engine Sound: It doesn't sound good at all. Not even when we installed an exhaust system did it improve. It sounds like someone cross-bred a Cessna 152 with a leaf blower.

Lack of Brake Cooling: I wanted to put this car on the track. Badly. But the brakes would've overheated after two laps.

Audio Interface: The functionality was there, but thoughtful design wasn't. Buttons were small and poorly labeled and the display had all of the refinement of a 1970s-era calculator. To its credit, the Scion's head unit was vastly better than the Subaru BRZ's.

No Steering Wheel Buttons: I got grief for pointing this out last time, but I still think it needs wheel-mounted buttons, at least for the audio controls. Either that or make the main interface usable (see the above point).

Cheapo Clock: This must've been a leftover plucked from the Toyota parts bins. I think my 1982 Corolla had the same clock.

Passenger Seat Sensor: Don't put your cellphone on the seat. It triggers the passenger sensor and it starts beeping at you to fasten that seatbelt.

Shifter Knob: That plastic medallion with the shift pattern kept popping off. We really should have gotten that fixed.

Small Trunk: I don't normally haul a lot of stuff, but even the FR-S's trunk is small for my tastes. Before I knew anything about this car, I thought it was a hatchback, and that made way more sense to me.

Fake Carbon Fiber Interior Trim: You're not fooling anybody.

While it may seem that this list is longer than the things I like about the Scion FR-S, they in no way outweigh the positives. Most of these don't matter when you're using the car as it was intended.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 24,346 miles


  • Does it need better brake cooling or just better brakes period?

  • fsunole fsunole Posts:

    Why is the A pillar trim blacked out on that car but not in any of the other photos of your FR-S?

  • mtakahashi_ mtakahashi_ Posts:

    Wow, fsunole, good eye! I recycled that photo from an old post and must've blacked it out as a styling exercise.

  • fsunole fsunole Posts:

    Thanks, Mark. I actually like it better like that. With some dark tints the it looks very 370z esque (a quit photoshop I did: http://imm.io/1m8kJ)

  • fsunole fsunole Posts:

    Quick*. You guys need an edit system :)

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    I think we'd all be very sad to know just how many people ARE fooled by the faux carbon-fiber trim. I've seen enough Corollas with blue and white roundel badges around here to know some people are pretty confident of the things you can convince people of.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    One big thing I would not miss...a track-day toy the does not come with track-day-caliber power, brakes or tires.

  • gslippy gslippy Posts:

    Engine sound - I've never liked the sound of an opposed engine, whether it's a Porsche, old Beetle, or Subaru.

  • sherief sherief Posts:

    They sound good with an unequal length exhaust manifold.

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