2013 Scion FR-S: Would You Get The Automatic?
November 09, 2012
Yesterday a couple other editors here in the office were singing the praises of the FR-S' available six-speed automatic transmission. At first I was rather dismissive, but after "enjoying" Los Angeles' typically lovely traffic last night, I can see their point.
The automatic, for reference, is quite good. It matches revs on downshifts, has paddle shifters, is impressively responsive to driver inputs (almost to the point that you might believe it's an automated manual) and has a sport mode that works quite well for keeping the revs up on curvy roads. Then there's the "significant other" factor, where getting the automatic would make the FR-S more appealing if you have a partner who doesn't like manuals.
So, be honest -- if you were buying an FR-S or BRZ, would you get it with the manual or automatic transmission?
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor