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The Scion tC provides a sporty feel and lots of style at a surprisingly low price.

Introduction

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.

What's New

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.


Interior/Exterior

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.

Performance

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.

Which Style To Buy?

2014 Scion tC
Starting price
$19,965
Shopper Popularity
64%

2014 Scion tC Base

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Recommended for: Buyers looking for a dash of style in a reliable commuter.

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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