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Scion tC review

The sleek and sporty hatchback's appeal goes only skin deep

Published: January 2014

 

At first glance, the Scion tC comes off as an inviting, relatively inexpensive package for young buyers. It looks sleek and sporty, provides the handy versatility of a hatchback, and comes with a generous list of standard features, including a touch- screen audio system and dual-pane sunroof.

But the appeal goes only skin deep. After spending weeks driving it, we found the tC to be a loud, cheap-feeling, uncomfortable car that doesn’t really deliver anything notable for its class. In fact, its test score was only 54, too low for us to recommend it.

Scion updated the tC for 2014, with a new six-speed automatic transmission, revised suspension and steering calibrations, and some styling tweaks. You might be drawn to the tC’s sporty looks, but we found that its image writes a check that its performance capabilities just can’t cash.

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