2013 Scion FR-S Long Term Road Test


Focus, FR-S, BRZ, Mini: What Should Blake Buy?

November 27, 2012

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I received this question on Twitter the other day from a gentleman named Blake who presently owns a modified 335i.

"Buying fun commuter, what's your pick? Scion FR-S, Ford Focus ST, Mini Cooper S? I drive in LA and like RWD, Cooper's looks and Focus' value. Torn."

Great question, since all three have lived in our long-term garage. Here's what I replied (just in case you don't follow me @jriswick. And you should, I give away free punch and pie all the time).

"Got family? Need back seat, trunk practicality? Go on road trips? Value a comfortable ride and quiet cabin? Want torque? Well rounded = Focus."

"Want customization? Style? That special, unquantifiable notion of 'character?' = Mini."

"Screw all that crap. I want to drive! = Scion FR-S or Subaru BRZ"

"Personally, I'd buy the Ford. It's so well-rounded and yet so much fun at the same time. One of my faves."

But what do you all think? What should Blake buy?

James Riswick, Automotive Editor

Comments

  • sinna46_ sinna46_ Posts:

    I recently wanted a fun small car. I thought I preferred rwd and wanted a BRZ/FR-S, but ended up with something more usable and more comfortable. VW GTI.

  • k04gti k04gti Posts:

    I have a GTI. If buying today I'd get the Toyobaru, and add FI.

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