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2016 Scion tC OVERVIEW

First launched back in 2005, and reworked six years later, the tC sport coupe has been Scion’s top-selling model. Boldly stylish and driver-oriented, the compact five-seater is built on a simple front-drive platform. While falling short of authentic sports-car status, its 179-horsepower engine provides a satisfying road experience coupled with appealing fuel economy, helped by relatively light weight.

What's New for 2016

A new audio system features a Pioneer seven-inch touchscreen display and voice recognition, with Bluetooth hands-free connectivity and streaming audio. An Aha app offers access to some 100,000 internet radio stations. Also new for 2016 are a Smart Key with pushbutton start, rear wiper, center console tray cover, and leather-wrapped shift knob.

Choosing Your Scion tC

Like other Scions, there’s little choice of trim levels. Just one, actually, plus a limited-edition Release Series. Buyers are encouraged to customize their tC sport coupes to suit their personal tastes, using available accessories.

All tC coupes hold a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 179 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 172 pound-feet of torque at 4,100 rpm. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, while the optional six-speed automatic transmission includes paddle shifters and Dynamic Rev Management.

Base tC

Priced at $20,180 (including $795 destination charge), the well-equipped tC comes with a six-speed manual transmission, electronic power steering, projected headlights with LED accent lights, panoramic sunroof, and 18-inch aluminum wheels. Folding side mirrors have integrated LED turn-signal repeaters. Also standard are a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, power driver’s seat with memory, keyless entry, pushbutton start, air conditioning, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, power windows with automatic up/down, and a Pioneer touchscreen-controlled audio system with USB and Aux inputs. An automatic transmission adds $1,150 to the price.

A navigation system is optional. Additional options include a rear lip spoiler (high- or low-profile), foglamps, floor mats, cargo cover, and auto-dimming mirror. A selection of TRD performance options also can be added to the tC coupe, if desired.

tC Release Series

During the 2015 model year, Scion launched a limited-edition tC coupe known as the Release Series 9.0. Only 2,000 were to be built, priced at $23,960. The Release Series coupe includes a two-tone Magma and Black exterior, an aero kit designed by Cartel Customs, TRD center-exit exhaust, blacked-out Scion badges, and 18-inch black-finished alloy wheels. Except for a slightly lowered suspension, the Release Series is mechanically identical to a regular tC coupe.

CarsDirect Tip

Aiming at fun and efficiency more than performance and precise handling, the tC is priced reasonably for this category. Besides, it’s refreshing to have no complicated trim levels to choose from. As usual, however, adding options (especially those TRD extras) can raise the cost considerably. A fully loaded tC with automatic could top $30,000. Unless you’re a dedicated manual-shift fan or always prefer automatics, it’s prudent to try both transmissions before buying.

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