in 2010 Affordable Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $11,250 - $11,862
Original MSRP: $17,100 - $19,420
MPG: 20 City / 27 Hwy
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2010 Scion tC Performance

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Test drivers admit that the 2010 Scion tC isn't as crisp on the road as other coupes, and its gas mileage is merely average. Still, the tC is a pleasant performer and gets decent power from the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. 

  • "As has been the case since the car's debut, the tC offers a comfortable ride and adequate handling for most tastes." -- Edmunds
  • "The tC is not as quick as some of its turbocharged rivals, but most people should be pleased." -- Kelley Blue Book

Acceleration and Power

The 2010 Scion tC has a four-cylinder engine with 161 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. According to the EPA, the 2010 tC rates at 20/27 mpg city/highway when paired with a manual transmission, and 21/29 mpg with the automatic.

  • "The tC has inherited much from its Toyota and Lexus heritage. The 2.4-liter engine sings sweetly, with plenty of pulling power, and the five-speed manual delivers crisp, short shifts." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "It's reasonably quick but not so much that you'll fear for your life." -- Car and Driver
  • "The manual transmission version feels livelier, but it needs lots of throttle for decent midrange passing power." -- Consumer Guide

Handling and Braking

The  tC's road manners shine. Test drivers found no understeer and nimble footwork in and out of turns. Braking is strong.

  • "The ride is compliant for a sporty small car. ... While not as sharp as the class-standard Mini Cooper, tC's handling is entertaining and confident. The steering has good feel and weight." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The tC will not rocket at launch, but it's plenty quick out of corners with no hint of front-wheel-drive induced understeer." -- The Boston Globe