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Scion tC 2012 coupe
The tC is a small, well-equipped coupe that is also affordable. The 180-hp, 2.5-liter engine provides good acceleration. When mated to the smooth and accurate six-speed manual transmission it averaged a very good 28 mpg overall. A six-speed automatic is available. While not as sporty as some more performance-oriented competitors, the tC is fairly nimble and pleasing to drive. It also benefits from the versatility of a hatchback, and the cabin, particularly the rear seat, is quite spacious for a coupe. But a jittery ride and noisy cabin detract from the overall experience. Interior fit and finish is unimpressive, and the thick rear roof pillars and small windows block outward visibility.

See Reliability page for the latest 2012 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

The tC is a well-equipped, small, affordable coupe. The 2.5-liter, 180-hp engine provides good acceleration and very good fuel economy, when mated to the six-speed manual gearbox. A six-speed automatic is available as well. While not as sporty as som...


  • Fuel economy, secure handling, hatchback versatility, and crash-test results.


  • Noise, ride, visibility, radio controls, fit and finish, no rear wiper.

Best Version to Get

Our tC's $21,130 sticker price stretches Scion's reputation as a value brand. True, you get a dual-panel sunroof and an automatic transmission for that price. But you really just get a long list of "stuff" rather than a nice car. Even then, such niceties as satellite radio and heated side mirror...


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
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 (180 hp)