2013 Subaru BRZ Long Term Road Test


2013 Subaru BRZ & Scion FR-S: Interior Padding

August 10, 2012

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This strip of padding covered in soft (presumably) fake leather is a great touch in the interiors of both the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S. I often find myself on road trips wanting to rest my arm up there, so not only is the padding and pleather appreciated, so is the significant ledge it covers. A nice, unique touch to be sure. So too is the nicely padded regular armrest lower on the door.

Unfortunately, I wish the Toyabaru consortium would've paid similar attention to the center console.

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For one, there is no center armrest. I don't know why sport compacts so often lack center armrests, but it's an irritating tradition that carries into the FR-S/BRZ twins. I understand that putting an covered armrest would hide the removable cupholder unit, but why not make the suggested armrest in question slide rearward like those of other cars do? Not only could I rest my arm, but the cover would provide some additional hidden storage as well. At the very least, they could swap out the hard plastic that makes up the center console in favor of the soft-touch, squishy stuff on top of the dash. My elbows are more apt to come down on the former.

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And while we're at it, have that squishy stuff line the center stack as well. After several hundred miles this week, my right leg was getting sore after hours of making contact with the center panel's hard plastic cover. I can imagine that prolonged aggressive driving would be even worse as the contact would be harder.

The BRZ and FR-S are already home runs. These are the types of mid-cycle changes that could make them perfect.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 2,729 miles

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