Hey Oppo (+ FRS Interior Review)

Hello oppositelock, long time no post. I’ve been around, just lurking more than posting. Things have been hectic lately: I’m getting married next week, I became a manager a month ago, I got in a fender bender a few weeks ago which has dampened my mood with cars a bit. But alas, the wheels keep turning.

I wanted to make a post to come back and while I was sitting in a drive through I realized that I never made the post I wanted to praising the FR-S’s interior. Or maybe I did and forgot, so here it is again.

I really, really like the interior of this car. It’s so simple yet so well thought out. Here’s some reasons why:


Overall the anesthetic is just pleasant. Simple shapes? But not a ton of uninterrupted boring nothing. In the FRS the fake carbon textured treatment looks great and helps the car avoid feeling cheap.

It’s hard to capture in a photograph, but everything about the door is frankly the inspiration for the post. In spite of its small size, the door mounted armrest is placed perfectly. The beltline has a fake leather pad that, while not very soft, is definitely nicer to rest an elbow on with the window down than hard plastic. But the highlight here is in the picture: I don’t know how, but the angle of the window switch panel is optimal. It’s weirdly pleasurable to use. And the speaker has a pad around it perfect for bracing a knee. The side of the center console also has a similar knee pad.


he steering wheel is rare today: no buttons! It’s also fairly small and feels fantastic. It’s a big part of the reason I bought the car. This picture also shows the wonderful gauge cluster with its huge tachometer and digital speedometer. Additionally, the easily reached volume knob.


I hadn’t had a car with manual AC for a while prior to this one, and the transition has been easy thanks to this panel. The two huge knobs for changing direction and temperature work well, and a simple 4 speed knob in the middle dials things in nicely. The knobs kinda remind me of Tonka truck wheels. At the top a sliver of the clock appears, which is well placed and appreciated. The bottom, though, reveals some downsides: a questionable cubby that can barely hold my front pocket wallet and a USB port that’s truly only for music: no charging here.


Two buttons for traction control, though you really only need the one: hold down the button on the left to turn it all off. And the button in the middle takes care of pesky passengers


I’m not sure if this is specific to my car or true for all FR-S’S but the circle vent is a little loose. I love this style of vent, and despite the looseness it manages to stay in place.


We’ll end on the one bad part: whatever this is. The cup holder can be moved front to back (two positions), and it holds cups well. The gap in front works for loose items like a phone. Some may say the lack of an armrest is a problem, but the seat is so low I just lay my arm on my leg or the handbrake.

No, the real problem is evidenced by the peats in the back of the picture: my dog has a real hard time navigating this to the back. She makes it work, but shame on Subaru for failing to consider our furry friends.

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