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Despite updates, the pseudo-sporty tC has fallen flat in our testing. Its 2.5-liter four-cylinder provides adequate acceleration and averaged a very good 27-mpg overall with the six-speed automatic. Mundane handling belies the tC's racy, sporty coupe looks. It's noisy and stiff riding, making it an unpleasant companion. On the plus side are the tC's hatchback versatility and particularly spacious rear seat. Interior fit and finish is unimpressive, the radio controls are infuriating, and the thick rear roof pillars and small windows block outward visibility.

See Reliability page for the latest 2015 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

At first glance, the Scion tC comes off as an inviting package for young, first-time new-car buyers. It looks sleek and sporty, and it comes with a generous list of standard features, including a touchscreen audio system and a dual-pane sunroof. But...

Highs

  • Roomy cargo hold
  • Decent rear seat

Lows

  • Feels cheap, unrefined, and dated
  • Lousy visibility

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...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

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
coupe
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 (179 hp)