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MSRP: $19,210 - $22,440
Invoice: $18,249 - $21,318
MPG: 23 City / 31 Hwy
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Scion tC Review

The 2014 Scion tC ranks 32 out of 40 Affordable Small Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Scion tC, as well as reliability and safety data.

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The 2014 Scion tC offers good cabin space, sporty looks and high-tech audio at a nice price, but automotive critics say rival coupes are more fun to drive.

The tC’s four-cylinder engine will suffice for most drivers, critics say, but they wish it had more power to match its sporty design. Test drivers write that both the six-speed manual transmission and six-speed automatic offer quick, refined shifts. With either transmission, the 2014 Scion tC gets an EPA-estimated 23/31 mpg city/highway, which is low for the class. Test drivers say that the tC’s handling is good and the ride is smooth, but they add that rival coupes offer more thrills behind the wheel.

The Scion tC seats five and test drivers say that unlike most coupes, the back seat is suitable for adults and relatively easy to enter and exit. There’s ample rear legroom and front seats are supportive and easy to adjust, they note. The interior is basic, with mostly plastic accents, test drivers say, but bolstered seats and a performance steering wheel give the 2014 tC’s cabin a notably sporty character. The base model is equipped with an eight-speaker Pioneer audio system with a touch screen, Bluetooth, auxiliary/USB ports, remote keyless entry and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. A BeSpoke audio upgrade adds navigation, as well as social media integration and thousands of Internet music channels when paired with a compatible smartphone. Controls are easily accessible and intuitive and the standard audio system is great, reviewers say. The optional BeSpoke system gets high marks for convenient social media integration and high-quality sound.  

  • "The sporty 2014 Scion tC coupe isn't the quickest 2-door on the market, and it is eclipsed in the fun-to-drive department by Scion's new FR-S rear-drive sport coupe. But, the tC continues to hold appeal to buyers looking for an affordable and fun coupe loaded with high-tech audio and add-on features all for a price in reach of anyone who can secure a car loan. Toss in an enviable reliability and resale history, a usable rear seat and improvements to the car's performance abilities and the tC seems destined to thrive." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "A corner carver it is not, yet for buyers seeking a stylish and practical machine for a relatively low purchase price, the tC will likely fit the bill." -- Left Lane News
  • "While the 2013 Scion tC looks the part of a sporty compact coupe, its handling performance doesn't quite live up to its appearance. However, the benefits of a generous list of features and a comfortable, roomy cabin should be plenty to attract the average driver." -- Edmunds (2013)

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Other Cars to Consider

Reviewers say that the redesigned Mazda3 is a good choice for those looking for fun driving dynamics and a powerful engine. It also offers superb fuel economy, and auto writers love the Mazda3’s athletic handling. 

The Honda CR-Z is a sporty hybrid coupe that offers a comfortable cabin and numerous standard features, including a backup camera. The CR-Z also uses considerably less fuel than the tC.

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Details: 2014 Scion tC

The five-seat Scion tC is a two-door hatchback with standard front-wheel drive. It comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Both a six-speed manual transmission and a six-speed automatic are available. The tC was redesigned for the 2012 model year, and since it sees no major changes for 2014, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2012, 2013 and 2014.

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Review Last Updated: 5/16/14

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