Like all Scions, the tC does not have a pile of trim levels to choose from. In fact, it only has a single trim to choose from, and buyers can customize the sports coupe as they see fit. This a la carte option program allows buyers the opportunity to customize their car to suit their needs, but it does result in the MSRP shooting up rather quickly.
The tC has just a single engine available, and it is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 179 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 172 foot-pounds of torque at 4,100 rpm. Delivering the power to the front wheels is standard, six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed auto.
Like most Scions, the tC is available only in as a customizable base vehicle, giving buyers the ability to build their model to suit their needs. As standard, the 2015 tC bases at $19,210 and comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission, electronic power steering, projector headlights with LED accent lights, 18-inch aluminum wheels, a panoramic sunroof, folding side-view mirrors with integrated LED repeaters, a chrome exhaust tip, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, power driver's seat with memory, and a 300-watt, AM/FM/CD Display Audio system with a 6.1-inch LCD touchscreen, Bluetooth audio streaming and hands-free phone, USB port and eight speakers. Buyers can opt to replace the manual transmission with the automatic, which features paddle shifters and Dynamic Rev Management, for an extra $1,150.
The lack of trim levels is a nice change of pace and can save you money, but choosing options a la carte can also lead to rather high prices. In fact, a fully loaded tC with the automatic transmission can exceed $30,000 with all of the option boxes ticked.
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