2013 Scion FR-S: What I Won't Miss
December 11, 2013
As a follow-up to my list of things I'll miss when we sell our long-term 2013 Scion FR-S, here are some items I will not miss.
Engine Sound: It doesn't sound good at all. Not even when we installed an exhaust system did it improve. It sounds like someone cross-bred a Cessna 152 with a leaf blower.
Lack of Brake Cooling: I wanted to put this car on the track. Badly. But the brakes would've overheated after two laps.
Audio Interface: The functionality was there, but thoughtful design wasn't. Buttons were small and poorly labeled and the display had all of the refinement of a 1970s-era calculator. To its credit, the Scion's head unit was vastly better than the Subaru BRZ's.
No Steering Wheel Buttons: I got grief for pointing this out last time, but I still think it needs wheel-mounted buttons, at least for the audio controls. Either that or make the main interface usable (see the above point).
Cheapo Clock: This must've been a leftover plucked from the Toyota parts bins. I think my 1982 Corolla had the same clock.
Passenger Seat Sensor: Don't put your cellphone on the seat. It triggers the passenger sensor and it starts beeping at you to fasten that seatbelt.
Shifter Knob: That plastic medallion with the shift pattern kept popping off. We really should have gotten that fixed.
Small Trunk: I don't normally haul a lot of stuff, but even the FR-S's trunk is small for my tastes. Before I knew anything about this car, I thought it was a hatchback, and that made way more sense to me.
Fake Carbon Fiber Interior Trim: You're not fooling anybody.
While it may seem that this list is longer than the things I like about the Scion FR-S, they in no way outweigh the positives. Most of these don't matter when you're using the car as it was intended.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 24,346 miles