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2016 Scion tC

Hatchback2.5L I-4FWD6A7.6 sec15.9 sec @ 86.8 mph23/31/---- mpgMotor Trend

2014 Scion tC

Hatchback2.5L I-4FWD6A7.4 sec15.6 sec @ 92 mph23/31/27.4 mpgMotor Week

2011 Scion tC

Hatchback2.5L I-4FWD6M6.9 sec15.4 sec @ 91 mph23/31/23 mpgCar and Driver
Hatchback2.5L I-4FWD6A7.4 sec15.8 sec @ 88 mph23/31/22 mpgCar and Driver
Hatchback2.5L I-4FWD6M6.9 sec15.4 sec @ 90.6 mph23/31/26.5 mpgMotor Trend

2006 Scion tC

GReddy Hatchback2.4L Turbo I-4FWD5M5.7 sec14.2 @ 101.6 mph----/----/---- mpgMotor Trend

2005 Scion tC

Hatchback2.4L I-4FWD5M7.4 sec15.7 sec @ 88 mph19/27/24 mpgCar and Driver
Hatchback2.4L I-4FWD5M8.0 sec15.9 sec @ 87.1 mph19/27/24.6 mpgMotor Trend
Hatchback2.4L I-4FWD5M7.6 sec15.9 sec @ 87 mph19/27/27 mpgMotor Week

About Scion tC

Scion is a brand that specifically targets Generation Y or Millennials, the younger crowd that is just about starting to take over as they become adults.

The Scion tC is a perfect testament to that because while it does not boast the power and speed of a real sports car, it does look like one and it is definitely more fuel-efficient. Millennials like a good looking car but they are also more aware but efficient mileage and efficient city-driving.

In a nutshell that’s exactly what the Scion tC is – a car that look great, handles great, is not fast or powerful, but it is 100% practical. If you’re hoping to race this machine then you’re in for a shock but if you want a pretty car to get you where you need to be, this is your lucky day.

Here’s a quick rundown of its specs, no fluff and explanation needed.

Specs of the Scion tC:

  • Engine: 2.5L 4-Cylinder
  • Power: 180 HP / 173 ft-lbs
  • Transmission: 6-Speed Manual/Automatic
  • 0-60 Time: 6.9-7.4 seconds
  • Top Speed: 133 mph
  • Drivetrain: Front Wheel Drive
  • Curb Weight: 3090 lbs
  • Seating: 5
  • MPG: 23 MPG City / 31 MPG Highway
  • MSRP: $18,995

Driving the Scion tC

Scion tC 0-60The feel of the chassis and the overall design of the car’s sleek looks also help it become much smoother on the road. It handles like a charm, especially with the light, very accurate 6-speed manual transmission. In handling terms one would think this is a 100% sports coupe.

Give the pedal more pressure and the lack of power becomes more apparent. The engine is slightly bigger than most but it is still a slower vehicle when compared to a real sports car. Still, all that size must amount to something, right?

Well it does and it pays off very well in the sense that this is a very fuel-efficient hatchback car. 23 mpg might not sound too great at first but comparing it to the 17-20mpg of its competitors and this suddenly becomes the ideal choice for fuel-efficient buyers.

Interior of the Scion tC

The Scion tC is actually more roomier than it looks from the outside and you can even fold the rear seats for extra cargo space. The driver seat has all-around adjustability so you will have no difficulty in finding that perfect spot.

The upgraded cloth materials and the very standard but equally clean looking dashboard, with its simple but effective gauges and center stack, all make for an impressive interior. There is a noticeable lack of color but that gets by really quickly when you notice how clean and elegant everything looks, even in plain black and grey.

The real kicker is the audio system. There is an optional Bespoke audio system available that gets added onto the standard touch screen navigation panel. It opens up well over 30,000 radio stations. This includes Scion’s very own station that features 17 individual music channels.

Exterior of the Scion tC

Two-door design, elegant rear hatch, wide but low front grille, and LED accent lighting headlights give it a very suave look. At first glance it really does like a sports vehicle. Fortunately the Scion tC is its own car and not a sports coupe-wannabe like the Honda Civic.

The overall appearance hasn’t changed much since the previous model but the 2015 update does feature two new colors.

If you’re looking for a very beautiful car then there is no doubt that you’ll be very satisfied with what the Scion tC has to offer. Where it lacks in power and speed it makes up for its very glossy look.

Problems and Advantages

First, there is one major issue with the Scion tC: it’s not as powerful as it looks. This is not the car that is going to win you races or impress the girls when you’re out on a Saturday night. It’s not a muscle car no matter how closely it resembles one.

But that’s the only real issue here. The Scion tC is a fuel-efficient car and it has much better mileage when compared to its contemporaries. It may not get to the top speed as quickly as possible but it drives smoothly and it slows down without a hitch.

Obviously its main advantage is perfect handling. The transmission is easy on the hands and you’ll really feel the vehicle switch gears, giving you that good sensation of staying in control.

Then there’s the very low recommended selling price that is just below $20,000. It’s affordable not with just its use of gas but also with its selling price, making it available for just about anyone, from college students to working single parents.


If you want a very pretty car that actually saves you money on gas then this is the ideal choice. The Scion tC is not as fast as it looks but then again it never really tried to be fast. It tried to be practical and efficient without sacrificing cool looks and inner features and in that aspect it succeeded greatly.

To learn more about Scion tC, visit the official Scion website.

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