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MSRP: $19,210 - $20,360
Invoice: $18,249 - $19,342
MPG: 23 City / 31 Hwy
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Scion tC Review

The 2015 Scion tC ranks 35 out of 42 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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Reviewers think the 2015 Scion tC is appealing as an affordable coupe with ample cabin space, but that rival coupes offer better performance.

The 2015 Scion tC comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission that automotive journalists say provides smooth shifts and is easy to use. The tC also is available with a six-speed automatic transmission that reviewers like for its quick shifts and rev-matching feature, which increases engine speed while downshifting for a sportier ride. The Scion tC comes with a four-cylinder engine that some reviewers say has adequate power for city driving. Still, others write that the tC accelerates slowly, and that some competing coupes offer more power. The 2015 tC earns an EPA-estimated 23/31 mpg city/highway with either transmission, which is low for the class. Critics write that the tC handles confidently, but some say that rival coupes are more agile. Additionally, reviewers note that the tC rides harshly over imperfect roads.

The 2015 Scion tC seats five, and reviewers are impressed that the back seat is suitable for adults and easy to enter and exit, which is rare in a coupe. They add that the front seats are supportive and easily adjustable. Auto critics think that sporty accents such as bolstered seats and a performance steering wheel add to the coupe’s character, but that the interior is cheapened by an abundance of plastic trim and thin padding. The base Scion tC comes standard with Bluetooth, auxiliary and USB ports and an eight-speaker Pioneer audio system with a 6.1-inch touch screen. A BeSpoke audio system is available as a dealer-installed option, which includes navigation and smartphone app integration. Auto writers find that the tC’s controls are clear and easy to use, and they like that the available BeSpoke system offers navigation and smartphone integration.

  • "While the 2015 Scion tC isn't as quick as its sporty styling suggests, it still holds appeal for buyers who want an affordable, good-looking and fun-to-drive coupe." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Scion tC is a compact coupe that belies its sporty looks with a comfortable ride and predictable but uninspired handling. 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
  • "The 2015 Scion tC is an appealing entry-level coupe, thanks to a roomy cabin, generous features list and snappy performance." -- Edmunds

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Other Cars to Consider

Critics say the Mini Hardtop is one of the most fun-to-drive hatchbacks in the class, with sharp handling and peppy turbocharged engine options. They also add that the Mini Hardtop has an upscale interior with quality materials and soft surfaces.

The Honda Civic offers a continuously variable transmission that reviewers say is very smooth and uses the engine’s power efficiently. The Civic also gets better fuel economy than the tC, and reviewers appreciate its attractive, high-quality interior.

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Details: 2015 Scion tC

The Scion tC is a two-door hatchback that seats five and has front-wheel drive. It is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, and comes with a standard six-speed manual transmission or an available six-speed automatic. The tC was redesigned for the 2011 model year, and sees no major changes for 2015. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2011 to 2015 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 10/3/14

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