Scion tC car review

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Scion tC

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The Scion tC is, in ways, the reincarnation of the Toyota a sporty two-door version of the and practical Corolla. As the Corolla got formal, the Celica got sportier in but its weight and slow increases in worked against it as more offered high speed in packages.

The tC is powered by a 2.4 liter with intelligent variable-valve and dual cams; it has a good of torque from just idle all the way up to a rather high and the 160 horsepower rating doesn’t the way that power is always making it feel more in everyday use than the Matrix XRS is stronger on paper. The optional TRD makes it feel even muscular, with an ever-present low that brings up images of V8s.

Acceleration (with the is measured at about 7.8 seconds which is, amusingly, identical to the 1995 Neons; it is slower the Corolla XRS, despite the larger engine, because of added weight. However, the instant-on acceleration provides a convenience, and safety measure should be weighed against any sprint comparisons. In-gear is very good for this class.

That comes at the of gas mileage, which is 22 city, 29 (EPA).

Two five-speed transmissions are one manual and one automatic; with a wide torque range, six aren’t missed. The suspension is for sportiness, with a front and double wishbone design, the standard P215/45R17 all-season promise good grip and a sporty ride. Since we do not in the mid-1960s, braking is not ignored; the tC has four-wheel antilock brakes electronic brake distribution.

of the little car is enhanced with front airbags and a driver airbag, while side and curtain airbags are an extra (cheaper than ABS used to be a few years ago).

Cornering is a mixed bag, due to the tires. While the tC sometimes as though it is on rails, handling as as considerably more expensive cars, even those low-profile tires have a tendency to squeal (we’ve that in other Bridgestone and sometimes the tC feels a bit heavy and to body roll – not given its weight.

Launching embarassing tire chirp or can be hard unless you start and smooth launches are somewhat difficult than usual; can be laid at the doorstep of good a low first gear, and the squeal-prone Overall, the tC does not seem a true performance chassis, but it quite well most of the There are optional tires we’d generally recommend.

is firm but not uncomfortable, with bumps being smoothed out and not too busy-ness over rough Despite the low-profile tires, the tC is at preventing major bumps and problems from shocking The subsonic booms made by cars over bumps are absent from the tC.

The tC seems to be pretty solidly at younger with a Celica-style sporty and two big doors. Once you get into the there’s a decent amount of and in front, the seats are higher the last Celica, so the driving out of a feeling is no longer an issue.

reclining is the order of the day; the is as far from the Corolla and Scion xB as the was. (Indeed, they are on completely different platforms and different engines, but the overall is surprisingly similar.) More to the the tC’s standard stereo is a unit with 160 watts, 6 and sound processing, hidden a cool silver panel. Our car had a $59 shift knob by OBX and a $525 TRD that made a Camaro-like every time we hit the gas, but was not at speed. Turn signals in the side mirrors and dual for front and rear drivers out the package.

The interior, while fairly (albeit dark in our black has cheap-looking aspects, and while it well-assembled, our test car, 11,000 miles, had a surprising of buzzes and rattles coming different directions. The Pioneer is surprisingly hard to use; the navigation options are good for MP3 but any driver who uses those in motion will probably as though they’re in a heated argument.

There are no knobs at making quick adjustments and the buttons don’t have an feel; they also to be quite small, including the button, situated inconveniently at the far end of the Changing bass and treble is by pressing a tiny Audio key with an A) and then using the up/down buttons. Sound is though not exceptional; satellite is integrated into the base

The climate control is centered a large, smoothly moving knob whose indicator gradually moves from red to as you go from hot to cold. The rest of it buttons, with a separate a/c That means you can’t go in modes, but the system is so well most people won’t to; there aren’t any drafts, and the fan is quiet.

The instrument panel uses silvered, grained with amber backlighting preserves night vision. The complement of gauges are in the usual temparature, fuel (1/1, R), speedometer, tachometer. Warning are in blackened areas underneath the

Contrast could be better; the is designed to reflect ambient to make the black lettering out more, but the gauges are well so there’s not much ambient for them to catch. The effect is at night, though, with echoes of the bright needles the reflecting surfaces. The speedometer up to 140 mph, but the commonly active (0-80) is large enough the optimistic scale isn’t an

Controls are generally placed and conservatively, and the cruise control is usual extra stalk moves with the wheel and for easy bump-up, bump-down, and but you do have to active cruise time you restart the car. controls are manual, with a for changing bottom seat a lever to pump the seat up or and another lever for the recline.

The Toyota gas cap cover release is in the place on the floor by the door, but the doesn’t have a remote it unlocks with the doors and has a latch. Speaking of locking, the in-key remote is nicely using a smaller key fob and a more color-scheme than many systems. Indeed, the Scion tCkey fob looks much more than the Lexus LX470’s key which is a uniform black have the alarm buttons in).

The side mirrors integrated turn signals nicely and are good-looking, but you can’t see the going when you’re in the car they face forward. not a big deal, to be fair. We liked the power windows, with up and down – a single gets them all the way up or all the way down.

The (also standard!) has a vent in addition to open and closed, and has open and close as well; the sun has a vent built in, so you can leave the sun all the way shut and air can still get out of the sunroof.

The sunroof is quite nice, two separate covers; with open, the Scion tC feels open to rear seat who also sit beneath the hatch The covers (sun shields) are not the fabric-covering-cardboard variety, but are more window shades mounted the fabric rolls up in a clever move. The only drawback to system, which is implemented well in feel and usability, is you can’t have them open; it’s all or nothing.

While it is a two-door, the tC is not an impractical designed to torture rear-seat Seat belts are arranged so do not block the entrance to the back; seating space is generous, decent headroom; rear passengers get their own dome with a separate control; and the two seats both have memory, so that the driver (or passenger) does not have to for a few minutes each time move the seat forward to let in or out of the back. Our only rear-seat is the difficulty of using the LATCH connectors, but we suspect most with kids of car-seat age opt for another two doors (xB.

Cost-cutting is reserved to certain and it’s often clear those are. The seat is a textured black cloth, the sun do not have vanity lamps do have covered mirrors), the materials are various black and plastics, and the spare tire is a single big cardboard piece so getting the spare tire out removal of everything from the area.

Normally we’d say doesn’t matter much any since people hardly get flats, but with 45-profile it may be another story – or There wasn’t much noise, but the air had the feeling you get when a is open – that is, the seemed to buffet up and down, something was open to the wind when the windows and sunroof sealed shut.

Under the everything is neat and clean, plenty of spare room for purpose (supercharger?) and fluid clearly marked. Our 11,000 car had an immaculate engine.

Interior is generous for this type of and, indeed, the interior be nicely sized even for a sedan. Cargo space is limited, though very the hidden hatchback design a large, flat area, and how you can put into it depends on the shape of cargo. Underneath a large cover is the spare, jack, and a extra storage space, all in cushioning foam that it easy to pack everything in again.

Longer objects are easily by lowering one or both of the rear the fabric is designed to work this arrangement.

Most have some sort of to prevent thieves from valuables in the cargo bay. generally fall into two a piece of carpet-covered cardboard, attached to the hatch door so it when the door is lifted; and a shade-like retracting fabric Scion has eschewed both of using instead loose covers that are manually to the backs of the back-seat headrests.

The works, though it isn’t as as the conventional methods; it is a little flexible, admittedly.

The glove also provides quite a bit of space (and the tire monitor set button), and a dual-level center console between the seats is a good place for objects (top level) and CDs and (bottom level). An extra underneath the climate control is slightly too small for most CD though putting CDs into sleaves solves that

Front cupholders are deep crude but effective, with a gap for sunglasses and such. Rear-seat get similar cupholders in the side of the car with small storage

Our test car was a reasonable $16,465 destination, but Toyota loaded it up some good options and questionable features. The base tC nicely loaded, with air the Pioneer stereo, four-wheel brakes, low-profile tires and big wheels, variable wipers, wipers, power locks and remote, dual moonroof, defogger, cruise, tilt and such; but our test vehicle had the and overhead airbags ($650), ($145), cargo liner rear bumper protector OBX shift knob ($59), TRD ($525), and front strut tie bar

The final price ended up $18,231, though you can spend ($16,465) or much more with all options, we understand, not anyone would do that!). The feels better than the RSX, Ford Focus and some other cars in price class (and the one and it comes with two doors, if something you really want. It also come with quality – the Echo lent its basic chassis was one of the cars available, according to surveys.

Overall, the Scion tC is an mix. Clearly designed to to younger buyers, it provides a reasonably-priced two door coupe sporty looks, a nicely 2.4 liter engine that good go-power without to be revved to absurd levels, a mix of cornering and ride, a bunch of features – some and some not – and enough and rear seat room to be practical. Those looking for performance, albeit at a higher may be interested in the Dodge SRT-4, WRX, or Mustang, but all three are the base price of the Scion tC, price includes a large of nice options.

The tC is faster and comfortable than the Toyota and, we think, a nicer ride than the Acura RSX sells for a considerable premium) or Si. As far as two-door sporty coupes go, a good deal and surprisingly to live with. That being closer to middle age teen-age, if we were to look at and Scion cars in this range, we’d probably opt for the XRS.

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