2014 Scion tC – Super Street Magazine

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2014 Scion tC – Don’t Forget About Scion’s Original Sports Coupe

It’s amazing to think just how far the Scion brand has come in only a decade. From the beginning, they knocked us, consumers—and enthusiasts alike—right off their feet with the oddball xB and xA, introducing our country to the concept of Kei cars that are certainly more popular and commonplace in Japan due to their size and affordability, all while providing the features most all of us want, and now expect, from a new car.

They paved the way for a specific niche with other makers releasing small cars of their own, all of which helped to create the B-segment. A few years later, it only made sense for Scion to turn over a new leaf by bringing something sportier to their roster, a front-wheel-drive coupe designated “tC”, a car that was unlike its econo-friendly siblings in many ways (actual power, with an optional supercharger if so desired; decent handling) and yet very much so like its econo-friendly siblings in others (affordably priced with great mass appeal).

Other models followed, including the space-conscious iQ, an updated/bigger xB and the xA’s replacement, the xD. And need we remind you of Scion’s greatest feat in the past year: the debut of one of the greatest game changers to come along in years, all while adhering to the realm of being nearly everything one would want from an affordable RWD platform, came the FR-S. Minds blown.

Scion has never looked better, but… they also want to kindly remind you: the tC is still here, and it’s better than ever.

Debuting as the main attraction at this year’s New York International Auto Show following the announcement of the Scion 10 Series (a limited-edition roll out of all five Scion models in a premium color and specific features found only on this release), Scion pulled the cover off the restyled ’14 tC. As you can already see, it’s a more aggressive step up from its predecessor with more angular headlamps, LED accents paired into the foglight area and a good refresh for the front/rear bumpers; overall it still maintains that familiar tC silhouette.

The rear bumper actually draws some inspiration from the FR-S, so if you noticed that, give yourself a pat on the back. Inside, the girthy steering remains, the front seats will slide back into the last place you had it in before your friend got in the back and you get a very cool 6.1 touchscreen head unit, which comes standard and includes the basic essentials such as HD radio, Bluetooth connectivity and iPod/USB/aux jack inputs. Fork out an additional $1,198 and your stock unit is upgraded with BeSpoke/aha, which gives you navigation, one shot address entry (voice commandable, even while driving), POIs that come up as you approach them, aha Radio stations (check out Scion’s own AV channel) and is iOS/Android compatible.

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