2013 Scion FR-S: 15,000 Miles
April 10, 2013
Our long-term 2013 Scion FR-S hit 15,000 miles just as I arrived at work on Monday. It's aging well considering its aggressive price point, as there are no annoying rattles yet and the simulated suede upholstery still looks new. The stock audio system still sounds no better than my clock radio, but that isn't why you buy this car.
So why would you buy this car? Well, I imagine because you'd like to take it to track days like Jay Kavanagh. There's also a strong case to be made for getting an FR-S just to enjoy in your everyday life on public roads. I didn't make it to the mountain roads over the weekend, but I still had fun commuting in our Scion.
I love the quick steering and the car's overall haste in changing direction. The pedals are set up nicely for heel-and-toe downshifting. The engine needs more personality (or failing that, a turbocharger), but one thing it does have is ample torque for dealing with traffic.
I'm not saying our Scion FR-S is quick, much less fast. I'm saying that if you compare it sport compacts of 10-15 years ago, it's a commuter's dream. It can pull low revs in 2nd and 3rd gears when traffic slows down, so you're not constantly having to go to 1st or Neutral, and there's still room to accelerate in 6th. For me, this makes the FR-S instantly more appealing than an Integra or Prelude of yesterday.
Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 15,000 miles