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in Affordable Small Cars

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

Test drivers say the tC has a sporty-looking cabin with well-bolstered seats and intuitive controls. However, a mostly plastic interior detracts from the design, reviewers say. There’s also a good amount of passenger and cargo space, especially compared with other coupes, critics note.

  • "Despite some recent material upgrades, the plastics inside still skew towards the econobox end of the refinement spectrum." -- Left Lane News
  • "Dials and instrument clusters have a round theme that is pleasant and manages to be Spartan without looking like anything is missing." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Like its updated outward appearance, the tC has an interior design that evokes speed and sport. From the thick, flat-bottom steering wheel, cradling seat bolsters, and controls canted toward the driver, the tC strives for a high-performance sports car feel. These elements are slightly contrived, but they work if your expectations are in line with the Scion's affordable price tag." -- Edmunds
  • "The Scion tC is unusually practical for a small sporty coupe, with good interior room and usable cargo space." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Seating

The 2014 Scion tC accommodates five and comes standard with a manually-adjustable driver’s seat and a leather-trimmed tilt/telescoping steering wheel. Reviewers are impressed with its spacious back seat, which they say offers a generous amount of legroom and relatively easy access for a coupe. The front seats are supportive and most drivers should be able to find a comfortable position, reviewers say.

  • "From the standpoint of practicality, the tC is one of your better choices. The rear seats have above-average legroom, and getting in and out of the back is pretty easy by coupe standards." -- Edmunds
  • "The tC's driver's seat is adjustable enough for all shapes and sizes, and rear-seat passengers will be surprised by the amount of room they actually have." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The cabin builds on the exterior's ‘sports car’ theme controls canted towards the driver, well-bolstered seats and the kind of flat-bottomed steering wheel usually found on serious high-performance vehicles." -- Left Lane News
  • "Even larger folk should be comfortable in tC's front seats. The low roofline means headroom is tight for tall folks, but legroom is vast; even 6-footers won't need to push the seat all the way back." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Interior Features

The 2014 Scion tC has an eight-speaker Pioneer audio system with a 6.1-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, auxiliary/USB ports, remote keyless entry and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. An optional BeSpoke audio system includes navigation, as well as social media integration and thousands of Internet music channels when paired with a compatible smartphone.

Reviewers say the tC’s controls are easy to find and use. The standard audio system has good sound quality and Bluetooth is easy to connect, test drivers note. They also applaud the tC’s optional BeSpoke audio system for its crisp sound, convenient smartphone integration and handy navigation features.

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  • "In years past, Scions stood out for their above-average sound systems, but for 2014 the playing field is much more level. That said, the optional BeSpoke audio system is worth the money considering that it provides a navigation system and smartphone integration that connects Internet radio, Yelp and other popular social media applications." -- Edmunds
  • "That such a thorough audio setup is standard on a $20,000 coupe is just flat-out great. The Bluetooth connectivity is easy enough to work with and the sound quality itself is excellent." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
  • "The controls are mostly simple, handy, and clearly marked. The gauges are well lit and have distinct markings. The tC's beefy steering wheel feels good to the touch and adds some sporty character." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Cargo

The Scion tC has 14.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in use, which is pretty good for a coupe. Reviewers note that the tC’s hatchback style makes it easy to load cargo.

  • "The hatchback body style also means it's easier to load bulky items in the tC than it is for traditional coupes like the Civic or Hyundai Elantra." -- Edmunds
  • "Interior small-items storage is average--there are small door pockets, a handy glovebox, and a small but deep bin beneath the center armrest." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/16/14

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