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Scion is a new brand from Toyota, aimed at young buyers. The small tC coupe joins the xA and xB as the third Scion model. The tC is powered by a spirited 160-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, with the choice of a slick five-speed manual or four-speed automatic. The tC is fairly nimble and has a pleasant ride. Fit and finish is impressive, but the radio is unintuitive. A dealer-installed supercharger increases power to 200 hp. The 60/40-split rear seats fold to enlarge cargo room, and the seatbacks can recline for passenger comfort.

See Reliability page for the latest 2005 Scion tC recalls.

Safety Equipment

ABS standard. Side and head protection air bags available, standard from 2008. ESC unavailable 2005-2010, standard from 2011.

Road Test

While not exciting, the Scion tC is a well-rounded, competitively priced coupe with a lot of standard equipment. It's also one of the few coupes out there with a usable back seat. Ride quality is relatively comfortable and quiet. Handling is sound, b...


  • Ride, quietness, rear seat, hatchback versatility.


  • No rear wiper, not sporty, poor crash-test results, no ESC.


2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.4-liter 4 (160 hp)
  • 2.4-liter 4 supercharged (200 hp)