Mike West Road Test: 2016 Scion FR-S Road Trip

Well, that was fun. My son has been raving about a place in the Methow Valley called The Rolling Huts designed by well know architects Tom and Olson Kundig. They sit in the middle of a beautiful meadow. Super chill and very beautiful. For our rod trip, I was handed the keys to a 2016 Scion FR-S, which happens to be one of my favorite cars ever. They are simple, fun and great looking. I wondered if we would be able to fit our overnight bags, food and golf clubs underneath the rear hatchback. Turned out 6.9 Cubic feet was enough for all of our stuff. So off we went. It’s about a 3 hour drive from Seattle to The Winthrop area. Our tester wasn’t equipped with a nav system, so my son brought along his unit.

I was curious how the two seater coupe would hold up, or more to the point how we would hold up during the long drive. The Scion was comfortable and engaging the entire way. I was surprised how comfortable the seats are. We had no trouble dialing in a perfect seating position. The back seats are another story. They were used for snacks golf shoes.

We mostly listened to Sirius over the mountain passes and back.The standard radio set up is just OK. You also get Bluetooth and a USB port no charge.

The Scion FR-S and its cousin the Subaru BRZ isn’t a fast car but I wouldn’t call it gutless either. The 2-liter 200 horsepower engine with the manual six-speed transmission  and rear wheel drive is a great combination. And the windy roads we drove seemed to be made for this car. It’s super responsive and agile. Word is, the Scion brand is going away, but the FR-S will live on as a Toyota and Subaru. That’s great news. This is one great car, and my son and I were lucky enough to drive it on our father and son getaway.

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