Rate and Review your car for The Car Connection. Although like most modern cars the FR-S uses an electric power-steering system, I was hard-pressed to notice it. Mild fender bulges stick up above the hood, visible from within the cockpit. In sum I found the 2013 Scion FR-S perfectly satisfying when I put it into a tight turn, followed by a dollop of disappointment as I tried to power out of the exit. Also, the engine bay is fucking spacious for such a small car; easy to remove air filter and check levels on fluids. The 2013 Scion FR-S has already delivered more than most buyers of a light, lean, and small sports car probably expect: Top Safety Pick status from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). I also see the brz and frs everywhere these days. The FR-S' short wheelbase, about 8.5 feet, contributes to its tight cornering. And while 200 horsepower should be more than adequate, the low torque number makes itself felt in a variety of situations. Not that bad but putting slightly wider wheels and much wider tires with better tire compound made mine GLUED to the road. Press J to jump to the feed. Softer riding than the Z. The six-speed manual, with which CNET's car was equipped, is the clear choice. Optional upgrades include a BeSpoke premium audio system with apps compatibility and a 5.8-inch touch-screen LCD display, plus a range of appearance accessories. The main choice is between manual or automatic transmissions--from there, all options can be added a la carte. Love the look of the car, I haven't gotten so many damn thumbs up or people yelling compliments at lights when I have my windows down, and I have NEVER had people coming up to me at a gas station to ask questions and compliment, now I do. I've read that others consider the interior plain and cheap looking, but I think it's perfect. I was surprised that Toyota did not offer some form of its new Entune app integration. Would never fill with 91 or below unless there's literally no option. For example, these plastic headlight-assembly brackets. The voice command button for the phone system is on the lower left of the head unit. However, for those attracted to this review by the pretty picture, let me briefly recite the car's development history. Edit: I'm surprised to learn that CA typically only has a max of 91 octane. If you're still having an issue with your high pressure pump, take it back and let them know. Anyways pick a car you love and you'll be happy with you're decision at the end of the day. Digital audio sources include HD Radio, Bluetooth streaming, iPod, and USB drive. Inside, the 2013 Scion FR-S is basic, but well-executed. Since the airport and the ballpark are about two miles from each other, I didnt get much chance to do any real driving right away.
The stick was decent but could use a bit more clarity of "clicking" into a gear. Classy and sporty, with a few bells and whistles but not overdone. I got the 3.8l gen coupe with brembos and torsen for 26k which was what my subie dealer wanted for the BRZ. And the suspension, while well-tuned for cornering, was not too stiff for everyday driving. I have had it all this summer (85-100F) and just recently been getting 65F nights. I have a 2013 genesis coupe 2.0t premium. Some parts of the interior could be a bit better. That's not to say the FR-S isn't tremendously fun to drive, however; it's a light, tossable, balanced sports car that rewards the driver for a properly setup line, and refuses to punish for going a bit over the limits. Some Sunocos even have 94, at least they do on the east coast. Trying for a fast start was equally disappointing, as the FR-S does not launch fast. The clutch grab really soon and was a bit "bitey" but I just may have not been used to it, the FRS felt more sensitive too but now feels completely normal. Awesome. Can seat 2 with PLENTY of room though. Mids and highs were not quite as strong, but still clear. Neither the NHTSA nor the IIHS has crash-tested the 2013 Scion FR-S yet, but the basics of modern safety equipment are covered, with six airbags, anti-lock brakes, stability control, and traction control. A cam with an LSA of like 106 or 108 (degrees) is going to have a lumpy idle (it also won't make a lot of vacuum for things like the power brake booster and vacuum motors for heating / air conditioning dampers and doors) , while a cam with an LSA of like 112 to 114 will have good idle quality. The base Pioneer head unit in the car offered an excellent set of audio sources. However, I had an easy time keeping the car in the middle of that range, and ended up over 28 mpg as an average, even with plenty of high-rpm driving. 2022 CNET, a Red Ventures company. Brakes are progressive and strong, with little in the way of fade or overheating noted even after several laps on track. After driving the FR-S over the twistiest roads I could find, I can say that the Toyota and Subaru teams developing this car wholly succeeded. Just as the new Challenger turns once-difficult burnouts, convenience-store-parking-lot donuts, and 12-second quarter-mile passes into accomplishments that any idiot can pull off with almost no practice, so does the FR-S put all the dorifto moves of Initial D into the grasp of just about any schlub. These cars are a great deal for FR-S shoppers. The Car Connection is published by. You want to wow the kids in the mall parking lot with a perfect 180-degree E-brake turn on your first attempt? Worth mentioning that starting with 2013's the Gen Coupe 2.0T's got the much improved transmission found in the 3.8. The cargo area consists of a moderately-sized trunk, or, with the rear seats folded, a large flat load bay that can accept quite a bit of stuff--including four full wheels and tires, a toolbox, and a helmet, according to Scion. This system, called Bespoke, requires an iPhone 4 or better, which is limiting. Need a series on the disaster of Powershift transmission. I have done a lot to the car over the 2 years. Future accessories, to launch sometime later, include a rear spoiler, fog lights, a center arm rest, and TRD performance upgrades including intake, exhaust, suspension, and other upgrades. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine. The boxer-4 engine, of course, is straight-up Subaru. As a bonus you should be able to unlock 10% or so at the wheels with better exhaust flow. I need to out-donut the Glasshouse Caprices at the sideshows in Oakland, car writers treat their cars like gorillas, Faster Farms 1966 Plymouth Belvedere race car, car companies exhuming the long-dead corpses of their past, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8mc5_HmjJI&feature=share&list=UUsD7YXhIUr-bn4tSPcVqkHw, TTAC Throwback: Here's Why You Should Buy This 1980 Pontiac Firebird "Yellowbird", Porsche's Next Flagship Will Be an EV Crossover, Mountain State Review: 2013 Scion FR-S Vs. 2006 Mazda RX-8. I agree to receive emails from The Car Connection. The transmission isn't the best but it's my first manual car so I can't say what a amazing tranny feels like. Precise shifting like no other car I have driven. My first real complaint about the FR-S came up when I decided to crank up some Ant Banks on the sound system, for the enjoyment of my tailgating companions. This is the 21st century, you can buy full-featured MP3 players direct from China for, like, $6.59, and theres really no excuse for a factory stereo with alleged iPod interface to be such a pain in the ass to navigate. The 2013 Scion FR-S handles beautifully, with extremely well-tuned suspension and steering gear. Toyota, missing a sports car from its lineup for years, codeveloped the FR-S with Subaru, of which it owns a large stake. Junkyards are almost always in areas with terribly potholed roads, and I learned right away that you dont want to set the car in the stiff VSC Sport mode on such roads. I previously had a 2005 Acura RSX base MT. What do the people do with serious high-compression sports cars? I miss the space in my RSX :( The rear seats on my RSX allowed adults in the back, barely, and could do like 10 min trips in it. Prior to the automotive beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. The cornering also became more satisfying when I pushed the VSC Sport button, which initiated a sport mode in the vehicle stability control program. Headroom is good as well, though the curving roof liner near the intersection with the side window may cause interference for those well over six feet tall. Ventilated discs all around, the brakes do not offer the kind of modulated slowing power I wanted when entering a turn. Lots of soft-touch elements can be found on the dash, doors, and center console area. The HVAC controls are uncomplicated, which is good, but the control mechanisms feel crappier than what Im used to on Toyota cars. I love the handling, response and feel from the wheel. However, I am lucky enough to have a 100 octane pump about 7 freeway exits away. I'm fully aware that many consider them 'underpowered' at 200HP but speed isn't really a priority since I live no where near a track or anything of the sort. Right, so whats this thing like to drive? Anti-honk boxes (or whatever the technical term is anti-resonance chamber?) I've put 63,000km's on the car since I bought it and I've never had a mechanical issue with. Either way, I've found really good grip in those tires UNLESS I was doing AutoX racing. However, I did do a real-world trunk-capacity test right away, and learned that you can fit two good-sized suitcases with no hassle. I approve of the semi-old-timey-looking instrument cluster, though the weirdly centered speedometer is more or less useless (theres a digital speed display inside the tach).
The eight-speaker audio system in the car was as youth-oriented as the brand, with strong bass response. Nevertheless, it's surprisingly competent on a windy canyon road or a race track when left to its own devices in sport mode. Once known and revered for its affordable rear-wheel-drive sporty coupes, Toyota, along with the rest of the industry, largely abandoned the layout in favor of more fuel- and packaging-efficient front-drive cars. From quick steering to the alert chassis agility is what the FR-S is all about. I love the black and red interior and the decent amount of leather used around the cabin in a base model (2014 has a tiny bit more, center console leather knee padding). 2022 MH Sub I, LLC. From handling to bodywork to engine, it would be almost petty to point out any flaws. Inside, the cabin is nicely finished in carbon-look accents and solid, durable-feeling plastics. The optional system brings in many advanced connected features, such as navigation, Facebook, and Yelp integration. You might not expect much in the way of comfort or interior quality of a $25,000 car focused on sporty driving, but the FR-S would surprise you. Manually-adjustable six-way driver and four-way passenger front seats, fold-flat rear seats, a first-aid kit, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, cruise control, keyless entry, USB/Bluetooth/auxiliary inputs, and more. Note the size similarity between the roomy luxury car and the snug sporty car. Hello all, I'm currently looking into purchasing a used Scion FRS (2013 model) and I was curious to hear what everyone thinks of them. Felt more bulky but still gripped well. My 12-year-old niece, whos about 4 8 tall and skinny, couldnt find a way to sit comfortably in the back of the FR-S. On that subject, everybody, including me, refers to this car as a Toyota, which is as good an indication as any that the Scion brand hasnt sunk deep roots in the car-buying publics consciousness. The greatest joy in driving the FR-S comes from maneuvering through a turn. The way you get near-peak torque around ~3000 RPM is great, as well as its peak torque at ~5400RPM.
The FR-S is still small when parked next to a 66 Belvedere. I picked up the car at the Oakland Airport and was parked next to the Faster Farms 1966 Plymouth Belvedere race car and eating barbecued meat products about five minutes later. CNET's car came with the base Pioneer head unit, a decent non-navigation system with a number of digital audio sources and a Bluetooth phone hands-free system. Power 100-Point Score is based on hundreds of thousands of independent and unbiased opinions of verified car owners. The FR-S would make a completely non-punitive commuter, unless your idea of commuting comfort was derived from the 1974 Cadillac Sedan DeVille. The stick felt like it was rubber as I slide it into gears and the clutch was far from linear when it came to pushing back on your foot and was also far too long of a push. If you want the opinion of Jack The Ohio Player Baruth, who is capable of going quickly around a race track in most un-car-journo-ish fashion, on the FR-Ss racetrack prowess, go here. This is good, because theres something depressing about car companies exhuming the long-dead corpses of their past and using them to hawk modern machinery. All 2013 FR-S coupes come with a standard Pioneer audio system, featuring eight speakers and a simple, but useful head unit. Likewise, the fixed suspension delivers flat cornering, while a limited-slip differential maintains power at both rear wheels. I had to stick with no-thud-required stuff (e.g., the Dead Kennedys) for the soundtrack of my East Bay visit. Coming to a turn exit, the tachometer pointing above 6,000rpm, the FR-S had little power to give. Now take the Cruiser out of the equation.
Were going to see FR-Ss upside-down, on fire, and/or T-boned-into signposts wherever teenagers gather. No fix yet from Toyota. While on my tour of the industrial East Bay, I happened upon this parked mid-80s Cressida. Behind the wheel, the 2013 Scion FR-S is a balanced, nimble sports car, its light weight making cornering a joy. Id planned on stuffing a sock into the anti-honk boxs inlet and seeing how bad the honk really was, but ran out of time. Scion offers a base and an optional Pioneer head unit. Surprised you guys don't have more 93 in the US. The road noise is a little much on the highway and PA roads aren't very nice to sporty cars. It's worth pointing out that neither the BRZ nor FR-S have been rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) yet, however. The FR-S gets its own front and rear look, with bumpers molded to show curved intakes, an oblong grille opening, and at the rear, a dual-exhaust outlet with very mild aerodynamic-look features. Sounds like crickets, happens once my car is warmed up, started at around 1200 miles. Toyota originally used this two-mode fuel delivery system in its Lexus models, with port injection working at low engine speeds to eliminate injector clatter, and direct injection taking over at higher engine speeds to deliver better efficiency. Scion's new little sports car is at its best in a series of tight turns, but low torque leads to power lulls. The automatic transmission is even easier to use, with a choice to shift manually via the steering wheel-mounted paddles, and while it rev-matches downshifts seamlessly, it occasionally displays some hesitation in selecting a lower gear, especially when the computer feels the engine speed is too high--beeping and delaying past the proper downshift point. However, unlike in the Hyundai Genesis Coupe, traction control never felt intrusive.