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2015 Scion tC

Original MSRP Range
$19,210--$23,190
Available Style(s)
Coupe
MPG
23 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
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2015 Scion tC

What We Like

Sporty attitude; decent back seat; handy hatchback; cool tech features; extensive personalization options; good value

What We Don't

Not quite as capable as it looks

Ratings

Expert Rating

3.6/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.4/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2015 Scion tC?

When equipped with the automatic transmission, the tC now includes steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles. See the 2015 Scion tC models for sale near you

Which tC is the Best?

The tC is a great value, particularly given how much standard equipment Scion throws in. We still prefer the manual, but the automatic is an unusually responsive specimen. Find a Scion tC for sale

 

How Much Does a 2015 Scion tC Cost?

The 2015 Scion tC is offered in a single trim level with many optional accessories.

The base tC ($19,980) comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, LED running lights and taillights, a panoramic sunroof, a height-adjustable driver's seat, air conditioning, power accessories, cruise control, a first aid kit, a tilt-telescopic flat-bottom sport steering wheel, and an 8-speaker 300-watt Pioneer audio system with a 6.1-in touchscreen, HD Radio, and iPod/USB and Bluetooth connectivity.

Available extras include 19-in alloy wheels, fog lights, a rear spoiler, a BeSpoke infotainment system with navigation and Aha Radio mobile-app integration, and a variety of mild performance aids such as lowering springs, performance brakes and a sport exhaust.

The tC model's back seat illustrates the advantages of basing a sport coupe on an existing sedan (in this case, the overseas Toyota Avensis). Unless the front passengers are unusually tall, full-size adults should be able to ride in the back for miles without complaint. Rear headroom is the most significant limiting factor.

The cargo capacity seems only average-plus at first glance, at 14.7 cu ft., but that's just the start of it. The tC is a hatchback, and if you open that lift gate and fold down the rear seatbacks, you'll have nearly 35 cu ft. of cargo space.

tC Trims

CoupeOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
tC 2dr HB Auto (Natl)$20,360 / $19,3424 Cylinder17923 / 316-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
tC 2dr HB Auto Release Series (Natl)$23,190 / $22,0304 Cylinder17923 / 316-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
tC 2dr HB Man (Natl)$19,210 / $18,2494 Cylinder179N/A6-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
tC 2dr HB Man Release Series (Natl)$23,190 / $22,0304 Cylinder179N/A6-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Safety

Is the 2015 Scion tC a Safe Car?

The 2015 Scion tC comes with standard stability control, 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes and eight airbags (front, front-side, front-knee and full-length side-curtain).

In government crash-testing, the tC scored a perfect five stars overall, including four stars for front impacts and five for side impacts. The independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the tC its top rating of Good in all crash-test categories except for the relatively new small-overlap front crash test, where the tC was deemed Acceptable (the second-best rating of four).

Behind the Wheel

In our interior evaluation, we deemed the tC model's front seats a welcome departure from Scion's ho-hum norm. The prominent side bolsters are clearly designed to hold you in place when the going gets twisty. The thick, leather-wrapped tilt-telescopic steering wheel has a wide range of adjustability, and it sports a race-car-style flat bottom that reminds us of an Audi TT.

The tC's straightforward gauges feature an orange-illuminated tachometer and speedometer housed within separate hoods. The 3-dial climate controls couldn't be simpler, and the entire central control panel is canted toward the driver for a cool cockpitlike feel. We've seen some complaints about the tC's interior quality, but we respectfully disagree: The plastics may be hard to the touch, but they have distinctive graining, and the overall ambiance in the tC's cabin is hardly cheap.

On the road, the tC is a solid introduction to the joy of driving. Thanks to standard stability control and an appetite for understeer, this Scion is highly unlikely to behave unpredictably. What it will do, though, is get the g-forces going in corners enough to whet a driver's appetite. At the same time, the tC has a civilized ride, and road noise isn't a problem by sport-coupe standards. We're fans.

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Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance2 Years/Unlimited Miles
Maintenance2 Years/25,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Fog Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System

Competition

2015 Scion tC vs the competition

2015 Honda Civic Si -- More focused on performance than the tC, the Civic Si is a little quicker if you wind it out to the redline. The tC has closed the gap considerably, though.

2015 Ford Fiesta ST -- It may be a 5-door hatchback, but the turbocharged ST is more fun than just about any 2-door car, and it's attractively priced.

2015 Kia Forte Koup -- The stylish Forte Koup offers a cool turbocharged engine that matches the Fiesta ST's power and easily bests the Scion's.

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