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- Spacious interior
- Comfortable seating for four
- Comes with plenty of standard equipment
- Isn't very sporty
- Harsh ride
- Subpar build quality
Scion tC Expert Review
New standard equipment on the 2016 Scion tC includes keyless entry and start, a rear window wiper, and a Pioneer audio system with a seven-inch touchscreen.
The 2016 Scion tC is a compact front-drive coupe with a hatchback that slots below the sportier rear-drive FR-S in the lineup.
The 2016 tC is powered by a 2.5-liter I-4 rated at 179 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque, and it can be paired to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Regardless of the transmission choice, the tC isn't very fuel efficient for its size, at an EPA-rated 23/31 mpg city/highway.
Passenger space up front and in the back is generous with plenty of room for four adults. The second row also reclines to give rear seat passengers an extra level of comfort. Cargo space is generous for a coupe at 14.7 cubic feet due to the car's hatchback and it can be expanded via the split-folding second row.
Standard safety features include dual front, front-side, and side curtain airbags.
Like all Scions, the tC comes in a single model grade and has plenty of standard equipment including Bluetooth connectivity, a Pioneer audio system with a seven-inch touchscreen, 18-inch alloy wheels, a USB port, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, and a panoramic sunroof.
Features such as navigation, remote start, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror are dealer-installed accessories. Personalization options are extensive thanks to Scion offering an array of accessories that are dealer-installed. Performance accessories include a TRD parts such as an exhaust, lowering springs, a cold air intake, front strut tie brace, 19-inch alloy wheels, and air filter. Other customization options include two types of rear spoilers, body graphics, fog lights, and a leather-wrapped shift knob.
The 2016 tC isn't especially sporty; however, it does offer plenty of space, making it more practical than most coupes. In a comparison test that also included the Honda CR-Z, Fiat 500, Hyundai Veloster, Volkswagen Beetle, and Mini Hardtop, the tC placed last due to its poor driving dynamics. While the car has a lot of power on tap, we noted that the car had slow steering, and was sloppy around corners. Additionally, the interior wasn't very quiet, with plenty of exterior noise, particularly from the tires, penetrating the cabin. In a 2011 First Test review, we noted that the front and rear seats proved comfortable for long drives. However, the ride was harsh, with the car's rear end bouncing around too much over bumps. Body roll also proved to be an issue when driving through twisty roads despite the 18-inch wheels and tires providing respectable grip.
The tC is Scion's best-selling model and is based on the same platform as the Toyota Auris, which is known as the Scion iM in the U.S.
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Scion released details on its customized cars to the SEMA Show. The line-up will include three customized tC: a Neu-Vintage Scion tC by Eddie Hahm, Scion tC by Mark Arcenal, Scion tC by John Pangilinan.
The Neu-Vintage Scion tC by Eddie Hahm is taking cues from the salt flat race cars of early Bonneville, World War II aircraft inspiration that was so prevalent in post war hot rods and high dollar pre-war, coach-built automobiles of the 1930’s, this build blends vintage with modern mechanics onto a Scion tC.
The Scion tC by Mark Arcenal features TRD supercharger, custom autumn copper paint, fatlace custom two-piece cast aluminum four-piston calipers, Sparco 2 Circuit Pro Seats w/ rails and sliders, 310X260 - steering wheel, quick release, black six point belts, fire extinguisher and mount, battery switch, pit board and numbers, 3 LED SAT, Navigator foot rest, grip pedals, Luxor shift boot, RACING shift knob.
The John Pangilinan tC comes with JLine – custom11RL3 three piece wheels – charcoal-T with semi gloss black lips, GReddy turbo timer, Profec B-Spec II, pressure gauge and boost gauge, Rockford Fosgate T1500 Punch mono amp, T400 Punch 4channel amp, (4) P3D212 Punch 12” shallow subs, T162S Power component system, cables, fuse holder, distribution block, battery terminal, and circuit breaker.
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Scion bids its final farewell at the New York Auto Show with a modified Scion tCby Robert Moore, on
It’s only been a little over a month since we news broke that the Scion brand would be no more, and now, Scion is set to make one final appearance in the place where it debuted the first Scion model – the New York Auto Show. Scion is looking to use the show has a final farewell and will display a number of models from the last 14 years, including the 2002 BBx Concept, 2004 FiveAxis speedster xA, 2009 Kogi BBQ Truck xD,2009 iQ Concept,2011 FR-S concept, and the 2014 Slayer tC. That isn’t all Scion is bringing to its last Auto Show, though.
Meet the Scion tC Release Series 10.0, a model that was designed in partnership with Kei Miura. As a final farewell, this special tC is equipped with a number of performance and visual enhancements that is said to make it the best production tC ever built. Scion Vice President Andrew Gilleland said, “For those enthusiasts looking for a piece of history, this is a great opportunity to own our best tC ever. With the TRD performance parts, the JDM Aero Kit and the screaming red and black color scheme, it’s a fitting tribute to Scion’s mission to build cars for younger customers.” He continued, “We have a lot of fans that are sorry to see Scion being transitioned to Toyota. But it’s the right thing to do, and we know the spirit of Scion will live on, so we are going out in style.”
Scion is a youth-oriented brand, and aside from a couple of good years, it has struggled with sales pretty hard over its lifetime. There may be fans out there, but as unfortunate as it is for the brand, there weren’t enough fans to keep it alive. With that said, let’s take a look at Scions final model and see what Scion and Kei Miura did to leave a lasting impression on the world.
Continue reading to learn more about the Scion tC Release Series 10.0.
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What makes the Scion tC Release Series 10.0 special
To start off, let’s take a glance at the exterior of the TC Release Series 10.0. The body is finished in Barcelona Red and has been equipped with an aerodynamic kit designed by Kei Miura himself. To be honest, I was expecting to see redesigned bumpers and side skirts, but instead, a small lip spoiler has been added to the front bumper and the side skirts. The Scion emblem below the hood and the tC emblem in the grille has been finished in a dark-out gloss black. To the rear, the taillights have a slightly darker appearance, the Scion badge has been blacked out, and the rear fascia got the same “aerodynamic” lip treatment as the front and sides. The lip in the rear gives a diffuser-like appearance that sits well between to two chrome exhaust tips. A small fin has been added to the deck lid, which is something that should have come standard on the tC to begin with.
On the inside, Scion carried over the black and red theme by adding sport-tuned inserts to the seats that also have red accent stitching. You’ll also find red stitching on the E-brake handle, shift lever boot, and steering wheel. In addition, to the seat inserts and red stitching, special floor mats and cargo mats that are exclusive to the Release Series have also been added. Red seatbelts further the contrast of colors and a special, sequentially-numbered badge is also found inside.
As far as performance upgrades go, there isn’t much. Scion added TRD performance lower springs to drop the ride height a bit and reduce the center of gravity. This should provide for better cornering and steering response, but I wouldn’t expect much of a difference over a standard tC. In addition to the lowering springs, the Release Series 10.0 has also been equipped with a TRD performance dual exhaust system, which Scion says provides a “deeper, more resonant, exhaust note.” Outside of these two things, the Release Series 10.0 is bone stock, sporting a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 179 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. The car can be had with a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed sequential automatic with paddle shifters. Even with the performance exhaust, I would hold my breath if you were expecting much improvement performance-wise. In stock form the tC hits 60 in 7.3 seconds with the manual or 7.8 with the automatic. If anything, expect an improvement of 0.1 seconds with either transmission.
The Release Series 10.0 will hit Scion dealerships in June of this year and carry a price tag of $23,190 when equipped with a six-speed manual or $24,340 with the automatic. That price doesn’t include taxes or a delivery fee of $795. In all honesty, it’s nice to see a tC with aerodynamic and performance enhancements, but I expected to see more considering this is Scions last hoorah.
If Scion really wanted to leave a lasting impression, this baby should have been decked out every which way with a more aggressive body kit all the way around and engine enhancements to go with exhaust and suspension upgrades. Then again, maybe that is why the brand is going under. In all reality the tC, as well as other models, were merely production models with custom-looking appointments here and there – you know the kind of thing young people do to cars themselves to personalize them.
The Scion tC made its debut in 2005 and was a welcomed addition to the line of affordable vehicles from Scion. Despite Scions original promise to stand out in the crowd and offer frequent product cycles, the first-gen tC lasted until 2010. Scion tried to make better with its promise, offering a refresh for the 2014 model year and again for the 2016 model year, but in 2016, the brand didn’t change the exterior at all. Apparently the brand never understood the concept of what frequent product cycling means. For its final production year, the tC did make some changes to the interior, including a 7-inch Pioneer radio and push-button start. At the time of this writing, the tC goes for $21,330 in base form, before taxes, options, and delivery.
Read our full review on the Scion tC here.
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Scion is not going away quietly. With a final Kei Miura-inspired tC Release Series 10.0, a display of some of its most impressive project cars, and cool swag, the Scion by Toyota booth is sure to be a flurry of activity at the New York International Auto Show, March 25 – April 3, 2016.
It’s only fitting that Scion closes its auto show history at New York since that’s where it all began. Fourteen years ago Scion debuted its first concept vehicles and announced the new youth division for Toyota that would be a laboratory for experimentation and introduce new products and processes.
That commitment to innovation carries through to the debut of Scion’s final Release Series vehicle for the tC sports coupe, Scion’s most popular car. Thanks to a partnership with Kei Miura, known for his JDM aerodynamic designs, the final edition MY16 tC Release Series 10.0 will leave quite an impression with enhanced performance, and aggressive exterior and interior features.
The tC RS 10.0 will radiate in Barcelona Red and is equipped with a Kei Miura-designed Aero Kit that includes a front lip spoiler, rocker panels, rear lower spoiler and a deck spoiler. Providing contrast to the red paint, the RS 10.0 has black-out Scion badges and gloss black alloy wheels.
TRD performance lowering springs reduce the center of gravity for quicker turn-in, cornering and enhanced steering response. A TRD performance dual exhaust provides a deeper, more resonant, exhaust note.
On the interior, the black and red theme continues with sport-tuned seat inserts with red accent stitching. The same stitching complements the shift boot, parking brake cover and steering wheel. Exclusive Release Series carpeted floor and cargo mats, striking red seat belts and a Release Series sequentially numbered badge complete the package.
The tC Release Series 10.0 will be available with a 6-speed manual for a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $23,190 or 6-speed sequential automatic transmission with paddle shifters with an MSRP of $24,340. A delivery, processing and handling fee of $795 is excluded in the price. Only 1,200 RS 10.0 tC coupes will be available beginning in June through Scion by Toyota dealerships. More information is available here.
“For those enthusiasts looking for a piece of history, this is a great opportunity to own our best tC ever,” says Scion Vice President Andrew Gilleland. “With the TRD performance parts, the JDM Aero Kit and the screaming red and black color scheme, it’s a fitting tribute to Scion’s mission to build cars for younger customers.”
Additional examples of creative Scion builds will also be on display at New York, including:
2002 BBx Concept
2004 FiveAxis speedster xA
2009 Kogi BBQ Truck xD
2009 iQ Concept
2011 FR-S Concept
2014 Slayer tC
“We have a lot of fans that are sorry to see Scion being transitioned to Toyota,” said Gilleland. “But it’s the right thing to do, and we know the spirit of Scion will live on, so we are going out in style.”
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2016 Scion tC First (and Last) Test Review
The Last Test of Scion’s Original HitScion tC Full Overview
The last time Motor Trend tested a Scion tC—2011—we came away less than impressed with its middling performance—and that the manual-equipped test car we got came with more than 7,000 tough miles on the odometer. In 2014 the tC received a refresh that gave it a new front fascia, new 18-inch alloy wheels, additional spot welds, a retuned electric power steering system, revised stabilizers and shock absorbers, a reprogrammed automatic transmission with downshift rev-matching and quicker shifts, and redesigned taillights. To see if these changes improved the tC, we spent some time with a 2016 model equipped with the optional automatic gearbox. Finally and unfortunately, this will be the last test for the tC, as the car will be discontinued in August 2016 and killed off along with the Scion brand.
Stepping inside the 2016 tC, the first thing you'll find is a simple interior layout with a standard 7-inch infotainment touchscreen that's new for 2016 but lacks a rearview camera. Build quality is a tC weak point; the plastics inside the cabin are hard and brittle. A number of areas in the cabin also have rattles, including the driver's side A-pillar, the panoramic moonroof, and the dashboard.
Read about the final special-edition Scion tCRIGHT HERE.
The tC's infotainment system, essentially the same unit found in the Scion iM, has controls that are simple and user-friendly, but the layout looks dated. One issue is the placement of the phone and voice command buttons next to the touchscreen, which can be distracting to use, instead of the steering wheel. Using the unit's voice command, on the other hand, is intuitive because the system can easily understand your speech and the available prompts are not overly complicated. The graphics on the available navigation system are clear, uncluttered, and easy to read, and the standard eight-speaker Pioneer audio system sounds great when playing digital music via a flash drive or Bluetooth streaming.
The tC seats four passengers comfortably and five in a pinch. Those in the rear seats will also enjoy the reclining seat back and extra footroom afforded by the flat rear floor. Taller drivers might have a hard time finding an ideal seating position because the driver's seat doesn't adjust low enough and the steering wheel doesn't tilt high enough to give enough room for people with long legs. Cargo space, on the other hand, is generous at 14.7 cubic feet with the split-folding rear seats up and, if you decide to go on a Costco or Ikea shopping spree, 34.5 cubic feet with them down.
Under the hood you'll find a 2.5-liter I-4 with 179 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque. Whether you have the six-speed manual or the optional six-speed automatic transmission that was in our test vehicle, there's plenty of power on tap for climbing steep grades, passing, and merging even with four passengers on board. Fuel economy, however, isn't exceptional at an EPA-rated 23/31 mpg city/highway regardless of the transmission. The tC's chief competitor, the 201-hp Hyundai Veloster Turbo, is rated at 25/33 mpg with the manual and 27/33 mpg with the automatic.
The six-speed automatic shifts smoothly when left to its own devices, but there are times when it gets confused and hunts for gears, especially at low speeds. In manual mode, there's a noticeable delay between the time you hit the shift paddles and the car up- or downshifting. Additionally, if you don't activated manual mode with the paddle shifters and simply move the gear selector to the manual gate, the car mysteriously defaults to fourth gear even when stopped. We also had a manual tC on hand during our testing of the automatic model (the manual is shown in blue below). Between the two, the stick offered a better driving experience but had a vague shifter with long throws that also felt overly light and flimsy when rowing through the gears. The clutch, on the other hand, was light and easy to engage, making it a breeze to drive in traffic.
At the track, our automatic-equipped tC performed decently with a 0-60 time of 7.6 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 15.9 seconds at 86.8 mph, which is 0.7 second slower to 60 mph and half a second slower in the quarter mile than the manual tC we tested in 2011. Braking performance was better in the 2016 model, stopping from 60 mph in 118 feet, 7 feet shorter than the 2011 tC we tested. The automatic finished the figure eight in 27.5 seconds while generating an average of 0.63 g, which is 0.2 second slower than the 2011 test car with a manual. In terms of lateral acceleration, both cars aren't that far from each other, the 2016 model generating an average of 0.85 g and the 2011 manual 0.82 g.
The tC's ride was poor on rough surfaces, and road and tire noise became excessive. At speeds faster than 40 mph, there's plenty of wind buffeting in the C-pillar, making the cabin even louder. Ride comfort does improve on slightly smoother surfaces, but it still feels jittery, and plenty of exterior noises continue to enter the cabin. On twisty roads, the tC handles respectably and stays well planted thanks to its independent suspension and decently controlled body motions. Steering, however, is slow, numb, and artificially heavy, and it lacked feedback; there isn't much communication between you and the front wheels, especially through tight, winding roads.
Improvements made to the tC in 2016 make it better than the car we tested in 2011 but weren't enough to bring it back to form. The noisy cabin, mediocre driving dynamics, less than stellar build quality, and uncompetitive fuel economy brought the tC down. As an entire package, the tC was a good value proposition on paper, but it comes with too many compromises that make it less desirable than other cars in its price range. A final special edition tC will be released before the car and the Scion brand rides into the endless night into the automotive afterlife.
|2016 Scion tC|
|PRICE AS TESTED||$23,673|
|VEHICLE LAYOUT||Front-engine, FWD, 5-pass, 2-door coupe|
|ENGINE||2.5L/179-hp/172-lb-ft DOHC 16-valve I-4|
|CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST)||3,150 lb (63/37%)|
|LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT||176.6 x 70.7 x 55.7 in|
|0-60 MPH||7.6 sec|
|QUARTER MILE||15.9 sec @ 86.8 mph|
|BRAKING, 60-0 MPH||118 ft|
|LATERAL ACCELERATION||0.85 g (avg)|
|MT FIGURE EIGHT||27.5 sec @ 0.63 g (avg)|
|EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON||23/31/26 mpg|
|ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY||147/109 kW-hrs/100 miles|
|CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB||0.75 lb/mile|
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Top speed 2016 scion tc
As previously mentioned, the tC’s exterior carries over unchanged for the 2016 model year. Actually, Scion added a rear glass wiper as standard, but that doesn’t really affect the coupe’s design, does it?
I’m not saying Scion should’ve pushed for a redesign. The tC is still fresh styling-wise and the cues borrowed from the FR-S give it a sporty stance and work well with the somewhat boxy design. However, since the coupe will carry on unchanged until a third-generation tC is launched, Scion could have added a couple of new exterior colors and wheel designs to this update. Heck, they’ve could’ve thrown a new package in there as well, something similar to the Release Series 9.0, but not as flashy.
This is where the tC received most of its new features. The most important addition here is the new standard audio system, which includes a 7-inch Pioneer touchscreen display (replaces the previous 6.1-inch unit) with AM/FM/HD radio, voice recognition, Bluetooth hands-free and audio streaming, and Aha, an app which provides access to 100,000 Internet radio stations.
The tC also received a Smart Key with push-button start, a feature usually available with premium vehicles.
Styling-wise, the 2016 tC’s interior stands out by means of silver-painted door handles, a new center console tray cover, and a leather-wrapped shift knob. It’s not much, but it makes the coupe’s plasticky, cheap-looking cabin a tad better.
If you were expecting a more powerful engine under the hood, then be prepared for disappointment. The tC continues with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder it received back in 2011, and output remains unchanged at 179 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. Granted, the four-banger is relatively powerful for this segment, but there’s plenty of room for improvement and I think the tC would be better off with a turbocharged powerplant.
Transmissions are also carried over, meaning customers can opt between the six-speed manual and the six-speed automatic (updated for 2015, when it also received paddle shifters). When equipped with the manual, the tC hits 60 mph in 7.3 seconds, while the automatic version needs around 7.8 seconds to reach the same speed. Not exactly a rocket, but fast enough for an entry-level coupe.
For fuel economy, the coupe is rated at 23 mpg city and 31 mpg highway, which puts it on par with the Honda Civic Si Coupe and below the Hyundai Veloster.
As usual, customers in need of a sportier experience can opt for a range of TRD performance parts, including a brake kit, an air filter, air intake, exhaust, and springs.
For 2016, the Scion tC retails from $20,180, including delivery and handling, which is a $200 increase over last year’s model. For that amount you get to take home the manual version, while the automatic costs $21,330 before options, also a $200 increase. Quite the deal considering the extras coming with this update. Adding the performance-enhancing TRD parts will set you back another $3,658.
2014-2015 Honda Civic Si Coupe
The Civic Si Coupe may be less engaging than most performance coupes, but it offers a lot of bang for the buck. Definitely sexier than the tC, the two-door Civic is also significantly more powerful thanks to a 2.4-liter, inline-four rated at 205 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. Mated to a close-ratio, six-speed manual transmission (there’s no automatic option for this model), the engine enables the coupe to hit 60 mph in six seconds, more than a full second quicker than the Scion.
Despite being this fast, it still earns an EPA-estimated 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway, or about the same as the tC. Pricing for the Civic Si Coupe starts from $22,890, putting it more than two grand above the manual-equipped Scion.
Read more about the Honda Civic Si Coupe here.
2016 Hyundai Veloster
Though the Veloster is actually a hatchback and not a coupe, it’s the vehicle Scion usually compares the tC to. What’s more, Hyundai used the tC as a benchmark for the new Veloster. Updated mildly for 2016, the Korean hatch uses the same 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine as in the past. The four-pot cranks out 138 horsepower and 123 pound-feet of torque when mated to the six-speed manual transmission, and 132 horses and 120 pound-feet when equipped with the EcoShift dual-clutch transmission.
Significantly less powerful than the tC, the Veloster is also a lot slower, needing around eight seconds to hit 60 from a standstill. However, because it’s 403 pounds lighter than the Scion, as well as focused on fuel economy rather than performance, the Veloster trumps the tC in the battle for miles per gallon, rated at 28 mpg city and 36 mpg highway with the manual transmission. The Hyundai is also the more affordable choice here, fetching $18,000.
For those in need of more grunt, there’s the Veloster Turbo with 201 horses and 195 pound-feet coming from a 1.6-liter turbo-four. This model will get you to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds for $22,600 before options.
Find out more about the Hyundai Veloster here.
Despite the lack of upgrades on the outside and under the hood, the Scion tC remains appealing to sporty-minded buyers on a limited budget. Its main drawback is that it looks quicker than it really is, with some similarly sized and priced competitors offering more power. However, if you’re looking for a sporty-looking coupe with good fuel economy, an excellent audio system standard, and an affordable sticker, the tC is a safe bet. As a first-time buyers, you’re likely to appreciate the tC’s good handling and the numerous accessories.
- New interior features
- Good bang for the buck
- Optional TRD performance parts
- No updates on the outside
- Needs a more powerful engine
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