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2013 Scion FR-S: What I Won't Miss

December 11, 2013

2013 Scion FR-S

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.

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2013 Scion FR-S: Unprocessed, Please

June 19, 2013

2013 Scion FR-S

The Scion FR-S audio system features three sound-processing modes: Hear, Feel and Natural. Unfortunately, it doesn't feature OFF. This drives me a little nuts. Inevitably, Hear becomes the default and sounds most transparent when dialing in bass and treble settings. Feel amplifies bass and low-mids, while Natural applies some sort of compression and basically sucks the life out of your music.

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2013 Scion FR-S: Wind It Out

January 21, 2013

2013 Scion FR-S

The Scion's Multi-Information Display shows only a handful of parameters, including outside temperature, current fuel consumption, average fuel consumption and the engine speed at which the rev indicator turns on, complete with buzzing alert (this is in addition to the regular odometer and trip meter that also share the screen space). You can customize the alert to display/sound between 2,000 and 7,400 rpm.

Whether by default or someone on staff changed it, it shouldn't surprise you where ours is set.

Dan Frio, Automotive Editor @ 12,500 miles

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2013 Scion FR-S: Cooling Things Down Quickly

July 10, 2012

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Blog commenter christople asked how well our 2013 Scion FR-S's A/C handles the heat. And after enduring several hot days recently, including an excursion to Angeles Crest during the hottest part of the day, I have to say that I'm impressed by how quickly the Scion's air-conditioner cooled down the cabin. Even after the car was left sitting out in the hot sun for several hours the A/C turned on full blast did away with the hellish heat within seconds, OK, maybe minutes.

The air got nice and frigid. So much so that I found myself quickly turning down the fan to a more subtle "1."

In terms of how the car handled being driven hard with the A/C on full blast, editor JayKav said the engine's A/C load control could be better as you notice the A/C compressor turning on and off when you drive it. The idle dips noticeably every time the A/C compressor turns on.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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2013 Scion FR-S: The Boxer Briefs

June 20, 2012


I've always been a fan of boxer engines. One reason: packaging.

Look at all that room on top of the engine. It's just begging for a supercharger, no? But I fear I might be in the minority when it comes to forced induction (sounds like some sort of religious cult kidnapping, but I digress). Personally, I like superchargers over turbos because in my experiences, they deliver more linear power and, I'm somewhat embarrassed to say this, but, they sound cool.

Sure, turbos sound cool if they hiss and pop, but there's something about that high-pitched supercharger whine. Last year's Shelby GT500 had it, but the new bonkers 662-hp GT500 doesn't. And that was a huge disappointment for me.

What do you think? Turbo or Supercharge?

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 1,199 miles

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2013 Scion FR-S: Wheel of Misfortune

June 20, 2012


Another couple of days with our new long-term and it's quickly filling the Mustang- and 911-shaped holes in my heart. Yes, it can be said that it pushes all the right buttons with me, but...

...I can't push some of its buttons!

Look at that picture above. See anything that's missing? That's right, no buttons on the steering wheel. Is it just me, or is this a glaring oversight?

Something like this usually doesn't bother me too much, but the FR-S could certainly use them. Why? Because the main audio controls leave much to be desired.

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