We're a lot alike, you know. I'm talking about automotive journalists and enthusiast consumers. We both want cars to be excellent to drive; we both want them to live up to automakers' hype. We're both excited and terrified to drive new, highly anticipated cars for fear that they'll fall short of our expectations. And we're both ecstatic when a car -- no matter the door count, engine specs, or what badge adorns the hood -- is just as good as we want it to be. We can say, without a doubt, the 2013 Scion FR-S is a car that makes us pretty damn ecstatic.
...The FR-S is one of the most playful and enjoyable cars we've driven in quite a while. Throw the car into a tight 90-degree bend and after initial front-end push, the rear end will start coming around predictably and controllably. Countersteer and dial in a little throttle, and suddenly you're drift star Ken Gushi, sashaying down a stretch of switchbacks in perfect rhythm. The car stays tremendously flat in both corners and under braking, and the brakes feel more than up to the task, offering a very firm pedal that's easy to modulate, along with impressive fade resistance and stopping force.