Cross-Section Impressions - 2013 Scion FR-S Long-Term Road Test

2013 Scion FR-S: Cross-Section Impressions

May 6, 2013

2013 Scion FR-S

Unless you're road tripping in one of our long-term cars, it's rare to get more than two or three days in the same car. But I managed to stay in the Scion FR-S for a week recently, which generates a good cross-section of comment from friends and strangers. Like friend Mandi, a mother in her late 30's. "That's a fancy car. What is it? A Scion? Is that really a Toyota? Wow."

Or my buddy James, a father in his mid-40s: "This is a Toyota? (It's a Scion.) This is really sweet." (Later) "Oh man, this car's hard for a fat guy to get out of."

Guy at the car wash (peers inside the driver window, scans from the headliner to the rear seat and finally to the dash). "Nice!" with a thumbs-up.

Some of the wife's Japanese girlfriends: "Ehhh? Hachi-Roku? They still make this?" (Sort of, but not what you remember. Explanations ensue.) "How much? Stekki, nah." (basically, approval).

Ben, a neighbor in his mid-60s: "Looks really cool. The same company that makes that little breadbox car? I wouldn't have thought. Reminds me of the old Datsuns (280Z)."

Funny thing about this car, you start looking forward to driving it. Even around town chores get a little cheerier. After a few days, the only thing I wanted was a transplanted Focus ST six-speed manual.

Dan Frio, Automotive Editor

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