Steering Wheel Audio Controls
Finally. Like the idiom goes, you don’t know what you got until it’s gone. The lack of steering wheel audio controls on the 2013 FR-S/BRZ compared with just about everything else we tested certainly made driving a BRZ feel antiquated. Maybe in another four years we’ll get Bluetooth controls on the steering wheel that competitors like the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata and Volkswagen Golf GTI offer now
Nicer Interior Materials
A large piece of plastic painted with a faux carbon-fiber pattern was previously slapped across the center dashboard of the FR-S’ interior. It’s gone for 2017, replaced by a similarly shaped accent piece covered in a “Granlux” material, which feels like a soft, fake-suede-like cloth. This type of trim covering is often used on sports cars, and it has a nice premium effect inside the 86, also appearing on the door panels.