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2010 Scion tC Coupe

2dr HB Man (Natl)

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  • $17,100 original MSRP
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Benefits of Driving a 2010 Scion tC Coupe

Launched in 2005, the 2010 Scion tC is the only coupe in the Scion lineup for the model year. The 2010 tC is aimed squarely at 20-something buyers, with its sporty yet economical performance and an appearance.

What's new for 2010?

For 2010, the sporty Scion tC is little changed from 2009. For exterior colors, Nautical Blue Metallic replaces Blue Ribbon Metallic.

Model Strengths

  • A stylish and economical value
  • superb front seats
  • sporty handling
  • numerous customization options
  • torquey engine
  • good legroom

Model Review

The 2010 tC is offered in only one trim, and is available with either a manual or automatic transmission. The Scion brand, aimed directly at younger buyers, offers simplified ordering, with a long standard-equipment list, and extensive accessory availability. This makes the entry price low, at only $17,000, and customization easy.

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2010 Scion tC

Source: The Car Connection

The experts at TheCarConnection.com have gathered some of the best reviews on the Web covering the 2010 Scion tC, to bring you a conclusive review on this sporty coupe. TheCarConnection.com's editors have also driven the tC and report on their own experiences here.

The 2010 Scion tC is now by far the oldest vehicle in the Scion lineup of small cars, and the tC is unchanged for 2010 except for one exterior color change (Nautical Blue Metallic replaces Blue Ribbon Metallic). Launched in late 2004 as an '05 model, the tC is the only coupe sold under the Scion brand, which is offered at select Toyota dealerships.

For a small car, the tC offers a big engine: a torquey 161-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder similar to the one in the Toyota Camry. The tC is thus quite entertaining to drive, if you fit the standard five-speed manual transmission. With the available four-speed automatic, it's just adequate. And the handling of the 2010 Scion tC is especially tight, with good, communicative steering and a firm but comfortable ride.

The interior of the 2010 Scion tC has a sporty, cockpit-like design. The seats are snug and well bolstered, and they give an excellent driving position, though tall drivers will be short on headroom and stout drivers will lack hip room. The stylish cabin and instrument panel design look like they could belong to a much more expensive vehicle, conceivably even a Lexus. But the low seating, high beltline, and thick rear pillars make rearward vision and backing up a definite challenge.

The small backseat can actually accommodate three people, and door access is decent, but the tC's narrow body limits comfort (and elbow room). Coarse road surfaces produce an unwelcome boominess inside the cabin, and the moon roof chimes in with a loud wind rush at speed. On better surfaces, the engine merely offers a subtle sporty tone for driver and passengers.

As with most Toyota products, the 2010 Scion tC uses safety is a major selling point. Dual side and front and rear side-curtain airbags are standard, as is a driver's knee airbag, and anti-lock brakes. One missing ingredient is electronic stability and traction control, which aren't available. The federal government rates the tC as good, with four- and five-star results for frontal impact and the highest five-star ratings for side impact.

The 2010 Scion tC offers just one trim level. It's well equipped as standard, with generous standard equipment for a car this inexpensive. That includes air conditioning, keyless entry, steering-wheel controls, cruise control, sport seats, and a Panorama moon roof. The outsized sound system is from Pioneer, with subwoofer and full connectivity for iPods and other MP3 players. A navigation system is optional, as is an upgraded Pioneer sound system that has the capability to change "skins" and play four-second video clips. For tuners seeking more speed, a supercharger is available from TRD and thus covered under the vehicle warranty.

Among the plethora of accessories that buyers can ask their dealer to install on the tC are a rear spoiler, carbon-fiber trim, fog lamps, and many other "appearance enhancements" and trim pieces. There's also much more serious performance equipment, sourced from Toyota Racing Development (TRD). The list starts with a performance exhaust, and extends through such upgrades as front strut tower braces and a rear sway bar.

The Bottom Line:

The 2010 Scion tC offers more sophisticated handling and lavish features than the low base price would indicate.

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Safety Ratings help

What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

Driver Crash Grade

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Fog Lamps Opt
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Handsfree Wireless Opt


Alarm Opt
Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles

Scion Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

12-month/12,000-mile Comprehensive Warranty.*

7-year/100,000-mile Limited Powertrain Warranty**

*Whichever comes first from date of Scion Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle purchase. The Comprehensive Warranty covers any repair or replacement of components which fail under normal use due to defect in materials or workmanship. (Program not available in Puerto Rico and Hawaii.)

**Whichever comes first from original date of first use when sold as new. See your Scion Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles dealer for warranty details. Program not available in Puerto Rico and Hawaii. For AL, FL, GA, NC & SC, warranty coverage differs in the following ways: 7-year or 100,000-mile Scion Certified Limited Powertrain Warranty coverage begins on January 1st of the vehicle's model year and zero (0) odometer miles and expires at the earlier of seven years or 100,000 odometer miles.
Age/Mileage Eligibility Model Years 2007-2015 / Less Than 85,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection Reconditioning and 160-point
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $50/Visit

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