2016 Scion tC

Original MSRP Range
$19,385 - $24,340
Available Style(s)
23 - 23 MPG City / 31 - 31 MPG Hwy
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70 vehicles starting at $10,999
2016 Scion tC

What We Like

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

What We Don't

Not quite as capable as it looks; interior feels a little cheap


Expert Rating

3.5/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.4/ 5


What's New in the 2016 Scion tC?

The tC adds several new standard features for 2016, including a new 7-inch touchscreen and keyless access with a push-button starter. 

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 2016 Scion tC Cost?

The 2016 Scion tC is offered in a single trim level with many optional accessories.

The base tC ($20,200) comes with 18-in alloy wheels, LED running lights and taillights, a panoramic sunroof, a height-adjustable driver's seat, air conditioning, power accessories, cruise control, keyless access with a push-button starter, a first aid kit, a tilt-telescopic flat-bottom sport steering wheel and an 8-speaker 300-watt Pioneer audio system with a new 7-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.

tC Trims

CoupeOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
tC 2dr HB Auto (Natl)$20,535 / $19,5084 Cylinder17923 / 316-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
tC 2dr HB Auto Release Series 10.0 (Natl)$24,340 / $23,1234 Cylinder17923 / 316-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
tC 2dr HB Man (Natl)$19,385 / $18,4164 Cylinder179N/A6-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
tC 2dr HB Man Release Series 10.0 (Natl)$23,190 / $22,0314 Cylinder179N/A6-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Scion tC Safety

Is the 2016 Scion tC a Safe Car?

The 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). Unfortunately, it's lacking the modern safety features offered by some models such as lane-departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert and more. It doesn't even have an available backup camera.

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).

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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
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System


2016 Scion tC vs the competition

2016 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.

2016 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.

2016 MINI Cooper -- The tiny MINI Cooper offers on-the-rails handling and hatchback practicality. Prices can get steep in a hurry, so you'll have to be careful with options.

Used Scion FR-S -- The FR-S also hails from the Scion brand but offers enthusiast-friendly rear-wheel drive and a sportier chassis than the tC. It's more expensive, though, so you may have to consider a used model.

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