The brand aimed to a younger audience, Scion, created the tC, a coupé option to compete already settled brands. The durability of Toyota has applied on Scion’s guts and that’s pretty good; everybody loves a durable car with excellent building quality.
The 2016 tC added more cutting-edge features to its portfolio. We can find many features as the push-start button, proximity key and a user-friendly 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
However, Scion couldn’t overcome the problems already in existence. A noisy ride experience at highway speeds, a harsh ride on rough pavement along with poor and non-competitive fuel economy is sealing negatively the tC’s fate.
For a more exciting driving experience, this car doesn’t behave too well. It has relatively average performance, but it won’t give you any adrenaline rush. In spite of that, the tC seems to be more intended for a daily-use vehicle due to its incredible space for a coupé model and an easy-to-use dashboard.
Let’s review this Japenese car.
Mechanical Aspects and Performance
The acceptable performance is powered up by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, producing 179 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque. There are two gearboxes, which are a six-speed automatic gearbox and a six-speed manual. With both transmissions, all the power is sent to its front wheels. These specs allow the tC to launch from standstill to 60 mph in 8.3 seconds with the automatic gearbox and 7.6 seconds using the manual transmission.
Is easily noticeable that the tC is not a sluggish coupé nor a fast car. Nonetheless, the electric steering wheel feels fantastic and you won’t have any complaints towards it. Perhaps, it’s not a fast car but it’s still an acceptable coupé for daily use. The efficiency is way below-average, which it is rated at 23 mpg in city and 31 mpg on the highway.
Exterior Styling and Spacious Interior
The exterior beauty of the tC is evident. It has compelling and sharp lines with an athletic shape. At the front, it has fantastic LED headlights with a unique form, along with the air intake. From the back, it is cool with its awesome taillights as well but the elevated rear seems inappropriate. The sleek and modern tC has a compelling aesthetic for its price and the 17-inch wheels are outstanding.
By the other hand, the interior is quite a different history. While it has a roomy interior and a user-friendly dashboard, the materials are low-end, and coming from a Scion’s car, it’s unacceptable. Despite the low-end materials, the design is pretty clean and has a juvenile look. The bucket seats are sporty and comfortable.
Meanwhile, The tC counts with plenty of safety and cutting-edge features such as Bluetooth hands-free calling, cruise control, stability control, traction control, six airbags, and a Smart Stop that shuts down the engine when the throttle and the brake pedals are pressed simultaneously.
The modernism extends to the convenient features that improve the entertaining and comfortableness on the tC. Features as a premium audio system with USB ports, one-touch power windows, paddles shifters in the steering wheel, a huge moonroof, and an optional BeSpoke audio system with navigation are found.
The Bottom Line: This Scion will Work for Me?
The tC is suitable as a cheap coupé, equipped quite well with cutting-edge features and with plenty of space in trunk and cabin. Its sleek shape is also a feature to bear in mind; is sexy and athletic. People who love safe cars will be attracted to its numerous safety features and good crash score.
This car is definitely not for you if you are passionate by a premium interior with upscale materials along with an aggressive and exhilarating performance. Even with an average performance, the tC’s fuel economy is not competitive at all.
Starting price at $21,330.