2014 Scion tC Review: Car Reviews

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Toyota Scion tc

Lukewarm hatch gets style for 2014

FAST

1. The only engine available is a 4-cylinder making 179 hp and 172 lb-ft of

2. A new six-speed automatic transmission the throttle on down shifts.

3. economy should remain the at 23 mpg city and 31 mpg highway for both the and manual version.

4. Pricing for the tC is $19,965 for manual versions and for the automatic including delivery


To date, Scion has spent million on the arts to help the brand into youth and it seems to have worked the lowest average age for buyers of any car

Still, the child of Toyota has a lack of popularity in recent due mostly to some rather product.

GAINING TRACTION

solve part of the problem, the launched last year one new model to the lineup while interest in the brand overall.

With an average owner age of 31, the FR-S proved to be another hit younger buyers, despite its price tag (for a Scion). nothing, however, compared to the tC, continually wins over buyers with the youngest age of any car in the industry at just 28.

To continue the momentum, a large refresh of the tC occurs this year to things current and with whose attention spans are than the grass on a putting First shown off at the New York Auto Show, the 2014 tC has reworked to resemble the FR-S in looks, and, to lesser feel.

MORE STYLE

To see if all changes have made a Scion brought us to Hollywood to put the tC through its paces. The new model is recognizable as something completely compared to previous tCs. The old and conservative looks have way to a far more daring design. Up there are angular new headlights, a new a gaping new grille and LED accent The back-end features new LED tail and a revised lower rear to resemble that of the FR-S.

The overall goal of this is to make the tC look more the FR-S, and there definitely are styling cues in this new Still, the tC doesn’t look any like the FR-S than it other Toyota models, the restyled Avalon. Most of the work like the new 18-inch wheels and headlights, but some like the taillights, look out of The Fast the Furious (we’re the 2001 original here).

plenty of personalization features in the from audio upgrades to brakes and lowering springs, the tC gets more of the sporty right from the start. inspiration from the FR-S, rigidity is improved, while sport-oriented shock absorbers and bars are utilized.

The power has been reprogrammed as well, to improve steering feel and And the automatic transmission now features the Dynamic Rev Management technology in the FR-S where it blips the on downshifts.

REVISED CHASSIS NOT ENOUGH

though, these changes do to make the tC engaging. The steering feels vague, over and not that sporty. It does better in the corners, but the chassis terribly well balanced and is to body roll.

Toyota Scion tc

Under the the engine remains the same four-cylinder engine found in year’s tC, but is down 1 hp and 1 lb-ft of to now develop 179 hp and 172 lb-ft. Power is to the front wheels by either a six-speed manual transmission or the mentioned updated six-speed Power still feels and torquey and the tC is expected to hit 60 MPH in roughly 7.4 The exhaust does emit a bit of a which is fitting for a compact with sporty pretensions. economy, you guessed it, should the same at 23 mpg city and 31 mpg highway for the automatic and manual versions of the tC.

CHEAP, BUT PRACTICAL INTERIOR

the 2014 tC has not received much during the 2014 restyle, is unfortunate. Out-of-date hard cover most surfaces, a trait found in most and sightlines remain interesting.

are a few highlights inside like the rimmed steering wheel, seats and new standard display system. The latter is a 6.1-inch LCD infotainment unit that is a debut in the tC, but will find as the standard entertainment unit in all Scion models. This is news for potential buyers and may Features Editor Sami scrambling out to his own 2013 FR-S a tape measure to see if he can retrofit unit.

The system’s interface good and is easy to operate. minutes we were navigating all of the menus and customizing our audio and setups. As has always been the the sound system in the tC is exceptional for a in this price range mainly to the three range grafted into each Rear seat and trunk are unchanged which means remain on the small side, thanks to the tC being a hatchback, can medium sized items.

THE COMPETITION

It is this unique shape with hatchback that continues to keep the tC in a lonely field without any main competitors – for better and for

On paper, it matches up well the base Kia Forte Koup and Golf 2.5. But, the tC is coupe than the Golf and hatchback with the Forte Fringe competitors include the Veloster and Honda Civic both of which the tC is a step performance wise. But when it time to play with the big boy of these cars, the Civic Si or Turbo, the Scion falls We’ve said it before and we say it again, the tC is a lukewarm hatch.

THE

So, have the changes for 2014 changed the tC? No. It will most continue to be a small time in the compact car market. Still, by and modernizing the tC, it remains a great for buyers who go to a Scion dealership on buying a FR-S, but who are not ready to with some of the drawbacks in a dedicated sports car. and its no haggle base price of makes it an attractive option thousands less than its sibling.

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