2013 Scion FR-S: Great Cockpit
August 30, 2012
Tuesday was my first time driving our 2013 Scion FR-S. Never been in a BRZ, either, so this was my first encounter with the rear-drive coupe duo. I've only been driving the FR-S on the freeway, but I'm still enjoying it. This is a great car.
And it has a great cockpit, especially when you consider what ordinarily passes for good in this general price range. OK, well, there's the Miata and it's pretty good as long as you're not too big, but the cockpits in the Mustang, Camaro and 370Z are varying degrees of crummy -- instances of suspect ergonomics, strange styling flourishes and uninviting plastics. OK, maybe not crummy, but certainly mediocre. I'll acknowledge, too, that I do like the materials in the Z for the most part, but I want a telescoping steering wheel -- something our Scion has.
Now the FR-S cockpit is not an upscale place, but you can tell an awful lot of thought went into it -- and maybe that was inevitable since teams from Subaru and Toyota had to reach consensus before they could forge ahead with anything. There's not much space in here, but for average-size adult (5-foot-10), it never feels cramped. I can rest an elbow on the doortop or the door's armrest cutout, and it never feels awkward or uncomfortable (and there's padded vinyl in both locations).
The driving position is excellent. I can sit exactly how I want to sit in this car, and so I sit very upright with the great little steering wheel dead ahead and a great view of the road. Honestly, sitting in this car reminds me a lot of sitting in our 1985 Porsche 911, less the offset pedals. I'm going to go out on a limb (well, it's not really a limb) and guess that one of the interior design chiefs is a big fan of old Porsches. Reaching the shifter is natural and easy, and while the audio controls are all kinds of Scion-crazy, the sound quality is so sub par, it reminds me to turn down the radio and just drive.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 5,515 miles