If looks could kill, the tC would be a prime suspect. Beyond exterior flash, however, does this Scion have what it takes to be a wanted vehicle? Get a good gaze here.
Scion tC Trims and Feature Highlights
The tC is a compact coupe with seating for five and two trim levels for 2013: the ‘base’ tC and a special release model called the…Release Series 8.0, or RS 8.0. The base tC comes pretty well equipped for its price, with features like 18 inch alloy wheels, a panoramic glass roof/sunroof, Bluetooth & HD radio, sport bucket front seats, and rear seats that both recline and fold flat for extra cargo storage. The only big option you’ll have to mull over is whether to go automatic or manual transmission-wise.
The RS 8.0 adds mostly aesthetic features like a body kit with center exhaust, rear spoiler, black alloy wheels, lowering springs, and black trim with red stitching for the seats. Paddle shifters come with the automatic transmission, and a manual is also offered if that’s more your style.
You’ll find a 4-cylinder engine worth 180 horsepower under tC’s hood, which leads to one of the biggest misconceptions drivers face: many assume they’re going to be getting behind the wheel of a turbocharged mini rocket like the FR-S, but tC doesn’t act that way. The deceivingly sporty look may seem like a cruel trick for some people who say that the Scion doesn’t perform as well as it looks, but some people have a problem with everything. Just be sure you can live with seven to eight seconds getting from 0 to 60- more than enough burst to get you to and from work.
The base tC starts at $19,480 and you can pick up the limited RS 8.0 from $22,570.
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Scion tC Performance
Powering every 2013 tC is a 2.5 liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 180 horsepower and 173 lb.-ft. of torque. tC’s 4 cylinders are connected to either a standard 6-speed manual or optional 6-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.
The RS 8.0 tC also comes with automatic and manual transmission choices, and adds paddle shifters for the auto.
Scion tC Fuel Economy
The people at the EPA have given 2013 cT matching numbers of 23/31/26 (city/highway/combined) MPG for either transmission.
Scion tC Interior Highlights
Highlighting tC’s cabin is a sports-themed feel propelled by the bucket front seats and leather racing-shaped steering wheel. The wheel features tilt and telescoping maneuverability along with audio mounted controls, so driver comfort and convenience should be easily achieved. The most notable downside is a bit of excess plastic that you’ll have to live with, as no upgrade trims are available.
Front seats provide a stretchable 41.8 inches of legroom. Head to the back and legroom shrinks to 34.6 inches, though the 60/40 split backseats recline for extra pleasure. Said seats also fold flat to provide for a generous cargo floor, but if you keep the seats up you’ll still have 14.7 cubic feet to play with.
Scion tC Safety
tC standards include antilock brakes with brake assist, stability & traction control, and an airbag system that includes both driver and front passenger knee bags.
Put a notch on the tC belt for safety ratings. 2013 models receive a pefect 5/5 stars overall from the NHSTA, and you can expect a 2013 Top Safety Pick when the IIHS gets around to dispensing the honors.
Scion tC Summary
The tC offers plenty of style and comfort to get you through the day, but you may want to hold off on pink slip racing during weekends. Performance aside, tC provides enough positives to warrant a test drive, especially when you weigh the all-important numbers on the price tag.
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