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Scion tC 2008 coupe
Trim Shown: Coupe
The Scion tC coupe includes a lot of features for the money, such as a dual-panel sunroof. It is powered by a spirited 161-hp, 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine, with the choice of a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic. We recorded 26 mpg overall with the manual. Handling is fairly nimble but isn't sporty. The ride is pleasant. The rear seat is relatively spacious for a small coupe, and the seatbacks can recline for passenger comfort. The hatchback body style increases versatility. Head-curtain air bags are optional. A costly, dealer-installed supercharger improves acceleration without sacrificing fuel economy. Reliability has been above average of late.

See Reliability page for the latest 2008 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 (161 hp)
  • 2.4-liter 4 supercharged (200 hp)