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Scion tC

The Scion tC has an impressive value for money

Engine Engine power Fuel consumption Fuel type 0-100 (0-60) Top speed
2.4 i 16V VVTi 160 hp 9.4 l/100km Petrol 7.5 s ?

Body type Hatchback
Number of doors 2
Number of seats 5
Engine position Front
Driven wheels Front
Length 4 419 mm
Width 1 755 mm
Height 1 414 mm
Wheelbase 2 700 mm
Ground clearance 130 mm
Weight (normal) 1 318 kg
Weight (max) ?
Boot space (min) ?
Boot space (max) ?
Fuel capacity 55 l


   The Scion tC is produced since 2005. It is available as a coupe. It is built by Toyota and in fact the tC can be considered as a further development of the Toyota Celica.

   This car uses the Toyota Camry's 2.4-liter engine, developing 160 horsepower. This engine is smooth and plenty powerful. It pulls well at low revs, but midrange passing power is nothing special. It comes with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic gearboxes, however the automatic one should be avoided as it hampers acceleration.

   The Scion tC uses the chassis of the Toyota Avensis. Steering is hefty, but accurate. The ride isn't too firm. There is only minimal body lean, impressive grip and good steering feel going through the corners. However it's 61/39 weight distribution between the axles, as well as the front-wheel-drive do not makes it as thrilling as other sportscars.

   Some wind and road noises are present at the motorway speed, while the engine sound is tiresome at high revs.

   The Scion tC is aimed directly at a young generation market, hence it's low price. Considering car's equipment levels and good resale values it is a true bargain. Fuel economy is decent, while servicing costs won't brake your pocket. Toyota is famous for it's reliability so there shouldn't be any mayor problems. For example the same engine was continuously improved for many years.

   It feels like interior belongs to a car that costs twice as much. Materials are first-rate and there is evident attention to details. Quality leaks from every pore as it is common to Toyota cars. Everything fits together beautifully, works intuitively and looks great.

   Front bucket seats are comfortable and supportive, while there is enough room to suit taller drivers.

   Despite that the tC stands for 'Touring Coupe' this Scion is rather a three-door hatchback than a true coupe. The rear seats are suitable for two adults on short trips, though the rear headroom is restricted. Getting on the rear seats might be tricky as well. Rear seats can be split 60/40 for added versatility. With the seats down amount of storage space is very decent.

   On the standard safety list there are twin front airbags as well as driver's knee 'bag. Anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution is standard. Side and curtain airbags are optional, however even the base model scored well during the crash tests. Engine immobilizer is fitted to keep the thieves away.

   The Scion tC comes well equipped considering it's price. Air conditioning, cruise control, electric windows and mirrors, tire pressure monitor, good audio system and sunroof are standard. There are a number of performance options making this car more sportier, including a turbocharger and lowering kits, shock absorbers, high-performance clutch and so on.

   Production of the Scion tC still continues.


   Advantages: Affordable entry-level sports car, that is well built, reliable, economical and has plenty of standard features.

   Disadvantages: Bland overall look and cramped rear seats. Only one engine available. Not as hardcore as some rivals.

   Verdict: The same Celica but several grand less.

   Also consider: Acura RSX, Mitsubishi Eclipse.


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