2014 Scion tC 3-Door Liftback Review by Stu Wright

Recently a new 2014 Scion tC was delivered to me for testing.  Scion (descendant) is the name Toyota chose in 2002 for their new division that markets automobiles to North American members of Generation Y.  In other words, descendants of current Toyota owners. Originally, the lineup included the xA hatchback and xB wagon, and in 2004 they introduced the compact tC sports coupe, which was the model I tested.  The paint was Absolute Red, with black cloth bucket seats and five passenger seating.  It is an attractive sport coupe with reconfigured styling for 2014 that includes extensive modification of the grill.    

    I drove to Denver in the tC and went down I25 to get there for a visit with my three daughters, plus a visit to a travel agency.  Highway ride is stable and very pleasant, due in part to the existence of MacPherson strut/double wishbone front and rear suspension along with rack and pinion electric power steering.  The car has 106.3” wheelbase and the chassis is derived from the European-market Avensis sedan as well as the Lexus HS-250h.  Acceleration (0-60 in 7.5 sec.) is provided by the 2.5 liter, 4 cylinder, DOHC, dual variable valve-timed in-line power plant.  Horsepower is 179 and the torque comes in at 171 ft.-lbs.  Fuel economy of the tC with the 6-speed automatic computes at 23mpg city, 31mpg highway, and 26mpg combined, with a 14.5 gallon fuel tank.    

    Turning radius on the Scion is an average 18.7 ft., and the length is 176.6 in., making the handling and parking of this vehicle pretty manageable.  Whenever I took the tC around the community, a lot of looks and questions were presented to me because of the car’s top-notch styling.  Men seemed to pay particular attention, which is good for Toyota because they are striving for 60% male purchasers.  On hand is  top-line stereo equipment in the car with 8 speakers (3 directly beside my left knee) that of course would be a staple of such a model.  The stereo is made by Pioneer and has steering-wheel mounted audio controls and the USB port/Ipod connection.  Outside, the tC features 18-inch ten-spoke alloy wheels surrounded with 225/45R18 Toyo Proxes A20 all season radials.  Looks are enhanced with the bulging rear wheel-wells and the new front grill with a Lexus look to it.  And coupes are typically better looking.   

    M.S.R.P for the Scion tC, as equipped, was $20,965.00, including freight.  No options were added, because the car is sold as is, including power windows and locks, cruise control, remote keyless entry, tilt/telescope steering column, and dual power moonroof that rolls out on top of the roof when opened.  The glass that runs the entire span of the roof presents a striking appearance.  It is a hatchback design without a package tray in the rear (you can peek in the 14.7 cubic ft. cargo area from outside).  That’s OK; it’s a pretty nice car.  I can see why it is Scion’s second-best seller.


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  • Lee says:

    This was just a basic description of what the car has, not a review of how it specifically drives, other than to say, ” Highway ride is stable and very pleasant.” Not very helpful!

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