Our friends at Scion recently gave us some hands-on time with their 2014 Scion tC. We’ve been looking forward to test driving the two-door spots coupe and graciously took it test over the course of a week.
The newly remodeled tC is impressive right off the lot with a 2.5 Liter 4-Cylinder (DOHC 16V Dual VVT-i) engine that produces 179HP. While not the fastest on the road, the tC delivers what Scion is most cherished for, value. In a brilliant marriage of design, performance and affordability, you can drive easy knowing you’re enjoying world class sport at a budget sure to make your wallet happy.
Additionally, Scion tops the tC with a 6 Speed Sequential Automatic Transmission providing for 172 pounds of torque. Furthermore, Scion developed a custom Dynamic Rev Management Transmission system that simulates a manual transmission’s feel and sound.
Our six speed automatic took to the the road with grace. The tC’s compact design and Front Wheel Drive allows for an enjoyable ride. A low center of gravity and overall balanced vehicle ensures you’ll always hug the road.
The tC’s interior skips on the nonessential and delivers exactly what you need. Every drive proves to be a treat as you’re hugged by the coupe’s bucket seats and eased by the vehicle’s clearly marked gauges and markers. We enjoyed the tC’s Bluetooth enabled 6.1 inch Touch Screen Pioneer Audio System that allowed us to listen to our favorite playlist while zipping down the highway. As an added bonus, the entire backseat folds-flat creating an even larger trunk space.
Exterior-wise, the tC is sleek and confident. The coupe’s gradual blue contours create a sporty and youthful appearance, personifying emotions of adventure with every curve. Our favorite aesthetic was the tC’s Panoramic Lift Back Trunk which unvieled the aforementioned spacious trunk space.
Value and Safety
Safety is at the forefront with Scion’s renowned Star Safety System, which includes: Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Smart Stop Technology (SST), and includes innovative surround airbag protection (side, knee, curtain and standard).
Additionally, all new Scion models come with a standard two year, 25,000 mile, complimentary “Scion Boost” service plan.
The tC continues a strong linage of value driven sports cars in the market. At $20,210, the tC is certainly a triple-threat (design, performance, value) sure to satisfy the sports car longings of any driver. However, it should be noted the tC’s average MPG (23/31 city and highway) is one of the few, if only, significant drawbacks of the vehicle.
Special thanks to Scion, who provided us with the vehicle, insurance and full tank of gas for this review.
Photography credit: Richard Brooks