Review: 2014 Scion tC (With Video) | The Truth About Cars

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Review: 2014 Scion tC Video)

Many assumed with the new FR-S hitting the it would only be a matter of before the front-wheel-drive tC was sent out to However with an average age of 28, the tC is isn’t just the youngest it’s the youngest car in America. demographics like that, planners would be fools to off the tC and so the “two coupé strategy” was The last time we looked at the tC, the had yet to be born, this time the tC has refreshed in the FR-S’ image. two door is right for you? past the jump, the answer surprise you.

Let’s with the nitty-gritty. Starting at and barely climbing to $20,965, the tC is 25% than an FR-S. This delta is why (in my mind) the tC’s numbers haven’t fallen the FR-S was released with slightly above 2011. If you of the tC as the budget FR-S alternative, the strategy starts to make sense. From dealers I spoken with it seems to be Prospective buyers that quite afford an FR-S or are troubles justifying the cost to have been looking at the expensive tC.

With strategy in Scion decided to remake the in the FR-S’ image. Wise since the FR-S is one of the best modern Toyota designs. hard points remain the on this refresh, tweaks are to new bumper covers, headlamps, lamps and wheels. I think the new nose suits the coupé well since most jobs range from to downright Frankenstein. Similarly, the new bumper cover fixed the tall and flat rear cover by breaking it up with a panel and a non-functional triangular red What’s the lens for? anyone’s guess.  To see how the two Scions up, check out my 5-second Photoshop

While some found the new tail lamps too “boy I think they work on the tC and with the tC’s target than the old units. As is obvious by the FR-S is quite low to the ground a low slung cabin creating the low of gravity it is known for. The tC on the hand is mainstream economy

Since this is just a the tC’s major styling is still with us: the ginormous and small rear window. from my personal belief the look is awkward, the shape has a impact on visibility creating blindspots for the driver and not permitting passengers to see the scenery. The new tC’s new should be enough to get FR-S short on cash to give the tC a before cross-shopping. Mission Compared to the other FWD competition I the tC second, below the new Kia Forte and above the somewhat bland Civic.

Once inside the tC, shoppers are likely to be disappointed as is very little FR-S Scion’s FWD coupé. Hard in a mixture of black and charcoal continue to dominate the cabin, I was OK with in 2011 because the was coated in hard polymer as Nearly three years the competition has upped the game the 2013 Civic bringing injection molded dash to the segment followed by the 2014 stylish new interior. It’s worth noting that continues to offer the tC in one interior black. Sticking with model of streamlined inventory, all tCs a standard dual-pane glass which is an interesting touch but I I would trade it for upgraded

Front seat comfort is average in the tC.  Front offer limited adjustibility and lumbar support (the do not have an adjustable lumbar feature). tC drivers sit in a more fashion than in the FR-S to the tC’s overall taller but thanks to that large visibility is worse than the FR-S. The tC’s rear are a different matter. At 34.5 the tC sports nearly two inches rear legroom than the Koup (2013 numbers), more than the Civic and more than the FR-S. with a surprising amount of it is possible to put four 6-foot adults in the tC for a reasonable amount of Thanks to the hatch back and a trunk that’s 50% larger the Civic and more than larger than the FR-S, you can jam for four in the back of the tC as well.

Infotainment Gadgets

The only change inside the tC is a new Pioneer Instead of borrowing radios Toyota, Scion has generally for consumer branded units are designed for Scion but share with the Toyota parts The notable exception was the old Toyota navigation unit which was in a few Scion models with an eye $2,250 price tag. For Scion is using a new Pioneer system featuring 8-speakers, HD iDevice/USB integration and an integrated CD The software looks like a of Pioneer’s interface and something Toyota’s new Entune systems. The all look is less elegant and far “aftermarket” than the well-integrated from Kia or even Honda’s dual-level system in the Civic. quality however was excellent in the tC well matched speakers and high limits.

Should you particularly spendy, you can pay Scion to add the “BeSpoke Premium Audio which is a fancy way of saying software and smartphone app integration. my advice, spend your on something else. The tC’s of infotainment bling is troubling Scion positions themselves as a for the young. At 33 I’m still in the vicinity of the tCs market (average age 28) and even to my eyes, the entire Scion lags in this area. the idea is: buy an aftermarket radio and it installed, but I can’t be the only one wants a super-slick system a large touchscreen, navigation and apps as the standard system. at Scion listening?

On the gadget front, the tC and the Civic are matched but Kia’s new Forte is to offer goodies like a camera, color LCD in the gauge dual-zone climate controls, start, keyless entry, HID power seats, etc. leaves the Scion in an odd position no factory options at all and competing with relatively base of the competition.

Drivetrain Drive

The tC the same four-cylinder engine under the hood of the Camry and The 2.5L mill has lost 1 and 1 lb-ft for 2014 (for no reason) dropping to 179HP at RPM and 172 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 Sending power to the front is a standard 6-speed close manual transmission and an optional 6-speed automatic that now throttle matched down-shifts. If numbers sound healthy, should. I have a preference engines “symmetrical” power (HP and tq are nearly equal) as they provide a well-rounded driving That is certainly true of the tC, when you compare it to the 2.0L in the FR-S.

Boo! Hiss! I it’s sacrilege to say anything than positive about a boxer engine, but let’s at the fine print. The FR-S’ 200 don’t start galloping 7,000RPM, a grand higher the Camry-sourced 2.5, but the real is the torque. The FR-S has only 151 to play with and you have to until 6,600 RPM for them to That’s 2,600 RPM higher the 2.5. This has a direct on the driveability and the character of the two coupés. The needs to be wound up to the stratosphere to the most of the engine while the tC well at “normal” engine Hill climbing and passing are the two where the difference in character is obvious. The FR-S needs to a few gears in order to climb or while the tC can often stay in Sure, the FR-S sounds when singing at 7-grand, but not always on a majestic mountain sometimes you’re just on the in rush hour. Thanks to a curb weight and gearing the FR-S ran to 60 in 6.7 seconds last we tested it, 9/10ths faster the tC.

Don’t mistake me, the FR-S has limits than the tC pulling Gs in the corners and having a very handling RWD nature while the tC like a John Deere in the What might surprise you is that despite the nose-heavy FWD of the tC, in stock form, at 8/10ths on a track, the FR-S is likely to away. Some of that has to do the tC’s improved suspension and for 2014, but plenty has to do with the rubber choice on the FR-S. fits low-rolling-resistance tired to the RWD in order to improve fuel AND to make the FR-S capable of fun with only 151lb-ft of When it comes to the hard we don’t have a skidpad in the California TTAC testing so I’m going to have to refer to X’s” numbers: FR-S tC 0.84g. Say what? Yep. of the publication the tC scores shockingly to the FR-S in road holding. I was. More on that

How about the competition? Let’s in. The Civic Si is a bit more hard-core. only with a manual a wide demographic has to be removed the comparison. However those like to row their own will a FWD 6-speed manual transaxle is, dare i say it, better than RWD transmissions. The shift feel and pedal are near perfection and the slip front differential the Civic on the track. In the real there’s less daylight the two however with essentially the curb weight, equal numbers and only a 20HP by the Honda. The result is a Civic ties in my mind with a interior and better road but higher price tag ($22,515) and a of practicality when it comes to and people hauling.

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I’m going to over the Golf because, as I on Sesame Street, one of these is not like the other. How about the Elantra Coupe? It’s down on power (148 HP / 131 has a cheaper interior and handles a damp noodle. If you’re why the Elantra GT had to get its bones stiffened, the Coupé is why. How about the GT? the Golf, it’s not quite the animal. Altima? Dead. Ditto. The Genesis plays the FR-S and the other bigger which brings us to the oddly Kia Forte Koup.

The 2014 has yet to be driven, but based on our experiences the 2013 Koup and the 2014 4-door sedan, I expect things. Kia has announced the Koup land with an optional turbo engine good for 201 and 195 lb-ft of twist. I expect the and manual transmission to still be a behind the Honda Civic Si, but the and gadget count on the Koup class leading. Unless Kia the Koup all wrong, I expect it to in around 20-23K. I also it to lead my list.

That brings us full to the tCs fiercest competitor: its stable the FR-S. No matter how you slice it, the tC as good-looking. It may seat four relative ease, but the interior as nice as the FR-S either. It good fuel economy and is of fun on the road, but the appeal of the tC is more than emotional. Still, the numbers are added up the tC delivers 75% of the looks, 85% of the handling and 90% of the performance for 78% of the Being the deal hound I am, makes the tC the better Scion.


Excellent handling a FWD car)

Cheap plastics continue

The steering isn’t as as the Civic Si.

Lack of premium or options young buyers

Scion provided the vehicle, and one tank of gas for this review

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