2013 Scion FRS: Track: Yes. Road Trip: No.
July 1, 2013
A year later, I'm still enamored by our long-term Scion FRS. As a track car and, to a lesser degree, a commuter, I'd definitely consider this as a purchase. But that's because I don't take a lot of road trips.
Last week, I drove the FRS down to San Diego to attend a press event. After the 2,400-mile Grand National trip, 140 miles each way would be a piece of cake. Shortly after hitting the highway, I quickly realized how wrong I was.
In a word, noise.
The Scion makes quite a racket. The engine is loud and not at all refined, road noise permeates every recess of your skull and the wind noise is like listening to radio static. While I wouldn't characterize the ride quality as harsh, the suspension does contribute to some fatigue. Of course, none of that matters if you have a helmet on and you're fighting for a good lap.
Now, I suppose if there was a track day at the end of this road trip, I'd easily tolerate this.
Mark Takahashi @ 19,000 miles