2011 Scion tC – Test drive and new car review – 2011 Scion tC

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2011 Scion tC test

Scion introduced the tC coupe technically, is actually a hatchback) their lineup in 2005; for the Scion tC is essentially all new. never been a huge fan of the tC, but the new brings a series of changes just happen to address I consider to be the old car’s shortcomings. Is the tC that will win me over?

on. Price range $18,995 $19,995 plus options, EPA economy estimates 23 MPG city, 31 MPG

First Glance: I’ve liked you

If you poke around web site a bit, you’ll that I’ve never reviewed the Scion tC myself. I’ve farmed out my tC test to freelancers — Bob Bowden in Jason Fogelson in 2006. and else since.

This because I never drove the tC; because I simply didn’t it. I thought it was a misfit in the Scion — a handsome car, but about as exciting to drive as a Camry. (Scion is a division of And yet the tC went on to become Scion’s model, so I figured the problem be me. After all, Scion is a brand, and I’m just too

Bob and Jason weren’t crazy the tC either, but they’re even than I am.

Scion has introduced a new tC for 2011, and I’m even older now I was in 2005 (who isn’t?), I this new tC better than the old Of course, that’s not saying — fact is, I like it,

At first glance, the new tC looks a lot the old tC, but look more carefully and see lots of differences in the details. The new tC was to look like a helmet a visor, which explains the windshield pillars. I can’t why anyone would design a car to like a piece of protective intended to prevent injury in crashes, but I do like the tC’s new especially the funky (and Mustang-like) taillights.

Like the old tC, the new tC is in a single trim level. A price of $18,995 ($19,995 automatic transmission) gets you a tC power windows, mirrors and air conditioning, …-kicking stereo goes to photo), and a long of standard safety equipment, electronic stability control and airbags for both driver and passenger. As with other models, the new tC is available with a of dealer-installed accessories, everything big-brake kits to fancy knobs to stick-on carbon-fiber — all designed to allow owners to customize their and Scion dealers to maximize profits.

In the Driver’s Seat: on style, long on functionality

tC’s dash looks a lake of black plastic; closer and you’ll see several textures and a straightforward control

Photo #169; Aaron

At first glance, the tC’s is a lake of anonymous black a closer inspection reveals textures, clear gauges and air conditioning controls. The centerpiece is the wheel, flat-bottomed like the R8 and the Volkswagen GTI and with a rim as wide as Flockhart’s forearm. The front are a little light on thigh but extra-thick bolsters make extra-comfortable.

But the shape of the rear windows creates a huge blind spot, and the side mirrors are too small to compensate. I did get comfortable changing lanes in the new tC.

I expecting much from the seat. so I was surprised when I back there to find leg- and headroom and even a sunlight thanks to the tC’s sunroof. Another surprise is the — the tC is shaped like a but it’s actually a hatchback. it to the gills and you can stuff in 34.5 feet of cargo, exactly times as much as you can get into a Civic coupe.

Fold the rear seats and you may as well your pickup truck. Too bad no cargo cover, though would-be thieves can peer into the tC’s rear and see the contents of the cargo bay.

Stereos are a big deal in the Scion and the tC offers three, all with speakers and an amplifier that output to 300 watts or more. volume with my iPod as loud as I expected, but when I up a bass-heavy CD, small birds dropping out of the sky. My favorite of the stereos is the optional Alpine which has a big control dial, a and a clearly labeled MUTE My least favorite is the top-of-the-line system.

I never thought want to see a stereo with buttons, but with functions as the equalizer buried several down in the touch-screen menu I worry about young, drivers trying to program the when they should be at the road. It’s worth that the tC uses standard DIN-size head units, than integrating the audio into the dashboard, so owners can swap in a different stereo if wish.

On the Road: Most player

The tC borrows its engine the Toyota Camry; it’s a 2.5 4-cylinder that produces 180 and 173 lb-ft of torque. That’s a lot of for a car this size, although the tC quite the drag-racer I was hoping The tC is available with either a or an automatic transmission, both 6 speeds.

I prefer the stick — a car nut, what did you expect? but automatic buyers don’t out on much: Acceleration is only slower (Toyota claims in 7.6 seconds for the manual versus 8.3 for the and the automatic has a manual mode, it frequently overrides the driver. EPA economy estimates for both are identical at 23 MPG city and 31 MPG highway. Not stellar for a compact car, but the price you pay for a big engine.

My chief about the old tC was that it drove a Toyota — competent, but not exciting. The new tC has a wider track between the wheels), new spring and rates, wider tires, brakes, and electrically-assisted power — and the changes make all the Not only does the tC grip but in the corners, it actually shows signs of life!

It’s not as as a Volkswagen GTI. but it does some character — I really wasn’t expecting the tC.

I also wasn’t expecting and tire noise, but the tC delivers in droves. Actually, I was really by how noisy the tC is — I always Toyota engineers consider noise to be a crime punishable by The Scion folks say young don’t care about noise, because they listen to music. (Good the tC’s stereo is so loud.) As an old in his late 30s, I wouldn’t to take a long-distance road in this car — just an hour on the highway in this gave me a headache.

Journey’s End: Not that it

2011 Scion tC

Photo Toyota

I suppose my opinion of the Scion tC really doesn’t For one thing, the tC is designed for young men in mid-20s. I’m pushing 40, by Scion standards means I be screaming at potential tC buyers to get the off my lawn. And then there’s the that Scion has done an a job of creating a culture around the name.

By supporting everything concerts to art shows to (of course) car — and by installing foundation-cracking in all their cars — has created a channel of young who will probably buy the tC no matter how (or bad) it is.

Regardless, my irrelevant is a positive one. I like the new tC: got style, it’s got safety, got character, and it’s got value, and not forget that it’s to Toyota’s world-class quality

Needless to say — but I’m to say it anyway — the tC isn’t the fish in the sea, and my favorite fish is the Kia Forte Koup. a value-laden car that’s handsome, fun to drive, and offers a back on par with the tC’s, although not as much cargo space. The biggest problem is that a Kia, a brand name doesn’t have the same as Scion.

And then there’s Old Reliable, the version of the Honda Civic. Now into its 5th year of production, the Civic still looks although it lacks the cutting-edge and the long safety-equipment list of the What the Civic does is the hot-rod Si version. which is a of a lot more fun to drive than the tC, the Si is about four grand expensive than the Scion and if you’re going to spend kind of cash, you may as well at the Volkswagen GTI. too.

line: Youth-marketing aside, the new tC is a great little car that’s to drive and amazingly functional and for a two-door. If you’re looking for a that’s young at heart and if you can stand the noise — I recommend the new Scion tC. — Gold

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