2013 Scion FR-S: What I'll Miss
December 10, 2013
Our 2013 Scion FR-S's days are numbered in the long-term lot. It has served us well and I will miss it. I contend that it's the most fun you can have in the $25k range, and fun would be a priority for me if I were car shopping for myself. Click on through to see what about the FR-S I'll remember fondly.
Driving Dynamics: The FR-S has impeccable balance. The last car that I had this much fun in was the first BMW M Coupe.
The Stock Tires: No, they're not grippy, and that's the fun. You can get the tail whipping around without all that pesky horsepower and torque.
Styling: More than a year later, it still looks great. Sharp lines and classic sports car proportions.
Steering: Great feel and relatively quick. Just the right amount of power assist.
Pedal Placement: The gas and brake pedals are close enough for easy heel-toe downshifts. Much how I judge a Mexican restaurant by their carnitas, I judge sports cars by pedal placement.
Handbrake: It's one of the few cars that will actually lock up the rear wheels with a pull on the lever. It's important to me, okay? I'm told chicks dig it.
Seats: I logged a lot of time in those seats without going numb or becoming mean. Even more impressive is the amount of lateral support they provide without impeding entry.
Gauges: In particular, I like the tach/digital speedo arrangement. Both are instantly legible with a quick glance.
Stability Control: You can disable it on the fly and it's really truly off. Besides these likes, I also have a few fond memories that I hope will stick with me. When it was fresh to the long-term lot, I drove it on the Kulinary Mille. It was the least expensive car there, but its ability in the curves impressed plenty of other drivers. Then there was the Black Friday Autocross that Kurt Niebuhr and my sister joined me on. I couldn't beat Kurt's time in the Focus ST until I swapped out for stickier tires.
Yup, you can count me as an FR-S fan. A cousin of mine in Washington state bought one and he concurs. When it comes to bang for the buck, you'd be hard-pressed to beat it.
Stay tuned for my list of things I won't miss.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 24,346 miles