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2013 Scion FR-S Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by joshua.drew

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Reviewed: 2013 Scion FR-S

2dr Coupe 200-horsepower 2.0L H4 6-speed manual RWD

Why the 2013 Scion FR-S?

Exterior styling

I love the styling, though this is always subjective. I think the surface tension is great, the "shark" nose is interesting, and the vintage "T" graphic from Toyotas of the past is present in the grill mesh, dash trim, gauge trim, etc.

Powertrain performance

t is still being broken in, so I cannot comment on the power above 4000 rpm. Anyone that has driven a BMW manual transmission will instantly feel at home. The shifter is "springy" yet mechanical in nature. It's shifter is no Miata 5-speed!

Ride smoothness

Shockingly smooth and quiet, considering the nature of the vehicle. It's taut, but there is little harshness on sharp impacts. The structure is particularly solid feeling.

Materials & workmanship

Some reviewers online have commented on the interior being "cheap", which I have to disagree with. There are some plastic panels, but it is well assembled and rattle free. Only the driver door handle has a very minor fit issue.

Handling

THIS is what the car is all about. The Prius tires make the car's limits lower, which makes it more entertaining at sane speeds. AWESOME. Flat cornering, and you can certainly feel the low center of gravity. Much better even than my former Porsche

Why Not the 2013 Scion FR-S?

Fuel economy

If you're looking for Prius like economy, you are barking up the wrong tree.

Quietness

It's a sports car! It's quiet compared to my 20 year old Miata... which isn't saying much!

Brand reputation & image

I WISH it was sold as the Toyota GT86 like Europe, Australia, and Japan... the Scion badge certainly carries the "youth" baggage. I am 40. I don't buy into the "image"... I buy into the handling and quality!

Rear seat room & comfort

Again, if your metric includes back seats, forget it. These are only here for insurance purposes. Seriously.

Discounts & incentives

There won't be discounts on these cars for quite some time. Limited supply (I pre-ordered mine, and it took almost 6 months)

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