|Sporty/performance car; Built in Japan|
|Good condition price range: $8,800 – $19,200*|
2011 Scion tC Front
2011 Scion tC Rear
2011 Scion tC Interior
2011 Scion tC Front-2
The second-generation Scion tC is unusually practical for a small sporty coupe, with good interior room and usable cargo space. On the other hand, its noisy cabin and pleasant, rather than sporty, handling are disappointing. Still, tC is worth considering by shoppers looking at small coupes; but it’s no longer the class standout that it was before.
Redesigned for 2011, the second-generation Scion tC gained power, added safety features, and promised greater fuel economy. The tC was a two-door hatchback sport coupe, sold by Toyota’s youth-oriented division. For 2011, a new 180-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine replaced a 161-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder. Either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission could be installed, replacing a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic. Electronic power steering was new for 2011. The tilt/telescopic steering wheel had a flat bottom for additional thigh room. Standard safety features included all-disc antilock braking, traction control, an antiskid system, front side airbags, curtain side airbags, and knee airbags for the driver and front passenger. A 60/40 split-folding rear seatback, 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels, and a panoramic sunroof were standard. Options included a navigation system. Scion also offered an optional plug-in navigation unit for the Alpine Premium audio system that was available. Many dealer-installed accessories could be installed. Sporty rivals included the Mini Cooper and Volkswagen GTI, as well as the Honda CR-Z Hybrid.
A new Release Series 7.0 trim level joined the 2012 Scion tC lineup, with unique body cladding, paint, and exterior/interior trim. Otherwise, the tC had no major changes.
Not much was new for 2013, as the tC was again little changed after its 2011 redesign. The only news was a specially equipped, limited-edition Release Series 8.0.
The 2014 tC received several enhancements and some new features. Among them were new front and rear bumpers, headlights, LED taillights, hood, 18-inch wheels, and LED accents on the front bumper. The engine was unchanged, but was now rated at 179 horsepower instead of the previous 180. The 6-speed automatic transmission received some new software that the company said improved performance. Additionally, the suspension was tweaked with enhanced stabilizer-bar hardware, re-tuned shock absorbers, and a stiffer body via additional spot welds. The electric power steering was re-tuned as well.