Sporty attitude; decent back seat; handy hatchback; cool tech features; extensive personalization options; good value
Not quite as capable as it looks
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
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
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.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||2 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||2 Years/25,000 Miles|
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.