Scion has been a part of the American autoscape for a decade, and the tC coupe has carved a youth-friendly niche with sporty styling and dealer-installed options for easy customization.
Updated styling gives the tC a more muscular look. Auto-off headlights and LED taillights are new, as is a 6.1-inch touchscreen that controls infotainment operations.Bluetooth compatibility and steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls are now standard.
One of the more pleasing features of the tC is its Panoramic sunroof. Audiophiles will enjoy the Pioneer eight-speaker premium sound system with CD player and MP3/SiriusXM capability. An array of airbags and features like keyless entry enhance driver safety and security. Outside are standard 18-inch split-spoke alloy wheels.
All tCs come with cloth upholstery, and this compact's rear-seat headroom is best suited to shorter passengers.
Under the Hood
The sole engine is a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder with 179 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. It's mated to a six-speed manual transmission with rev matching that prevents RPM from dropping during a downshift; an automatic transmission is optional. Fuel economy is respectable at 26 mpg combined.
This sporty hatchback zips from zero to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds. The suspension -- MacPherson struts up front and double wishbone at the rear -- tends to transmit some vibration during acceleration. Modifications to the stabilizer bar, optimizing shock absorbers and additional spot welds, though, improve handling on rough pavement and curving country roads, providing a more comfortable ride than previous models of the tC.
The Scion tC offers great value for the younger crowd. It comes with technological accessories such as a 6.1-inch touchscreen and Pioneer eight-channel sound system with Bluetooth, CD, satellite radio and mp3 compatibility -- all standard. As if that isn't enough, the tC has a panoramic sunroof and an optional audio system with smartphone integration.
Buyers can customize their tCs with an array of dealer-installed options.
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|Build & Price|
2013 Scion tC$16,882 | 20,121 mi
2013 Scion tC$17,898 | 5,221 mi
2013 Scion tC$20,993 | 1,639 mi
2012 Scion tC$13,470 | 39,996 mi
2012 Scion tC$14,888 | 26,800 mi
2012 Scion tC$15,980 | 18,036 mi
2012 Scion tC$16,980 | 31,298 mi
2012 SCION TC$16,998 | 20,789 mi
2012 Scion tC$17,295 | 27,756 mi
2012 Scion tC$17,495 | 10,094 mi
2011 Scion tC$13,950 | 38,041 mi
2011 Scion tC$14,950 | 13,052 mi
2011 Scion tC$14,990 | 22,911 mi
2011 Scion tC$15,950 | 10,569 mi
2011 Scion tC$15,995 | 58,294 mi
2011 Scion tC$16,995 | 35,781 mi
2010 Scion tC$10,994 | 46,368 mi
2010 SCION TC$12,587 | 56,239 mi
2010 Scion tC$13,495 | 41,047 mi
2010 SCION TC$13,887 | 45,045 mi
2010 SCION TC$14,899 | 20,886 mi
2010 Scion tC$15,999 | 49,171 mi
2009 SCION TC$12,656 | 80,438 mi
2008 Scion tC$9,495 | 85,156 mi
2008 Scion tC$9,876 | 86,172 mi
2008 Scion tC$10,687 | 79,621 mi
2007 Scion tC$9,397 | 80,133 mi
2007 SCION TC$10,688 | 63,900 mi
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