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2007 Scion tC

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2007 Scion tC Review

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The Scion tC has proven to be everything its competitors feared. Smartly styled, fuel-efficient and a blast to drive, the little tC is more than just a good value - it has become the poster child for the lucrative aftermarket parts and customization crowd. Though not as space-efficient as the xA or xB, the tC can comfortably fit two adults and its versatile hatch design makes it easy to load in sports equipment or overnight gear. A near-flawless repair history and excellent resale value are but part of the tC's early success stories. By holding the tC's price well below $18,000, Scion has grabbed a substantial chunk of the all-important youth market, grabbing young buyers who may likely move up to Toyota and Lexus brands as they grow older.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you've been a long-time fan of Toyota's now defunct Celica coupe, you'll like what Scion has done with the tC. Its robust power, long list of standard equipment and low base price are exactly what young consumers are looking for in a fuel-efficient sports car.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The tC is long on style, but short on rear-seat headroom. At a certain age, you might think the interior is a little too hip - and colorful at night. Drivers taller than six feet may feel cramped behind the wheel.

What's New for 2007

The big news for 2007 is the introduction of the bare-bones Scion tC SPEC Package. Designed specifically for the tuner who wants a "clean slate," the SPEC Package includes steel-rimmed wheels with wheel covers, unique front-end treatments and a lower base price.

Driving the tC
Driving Impressions

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. Handling...

... and braking are also well above average, making the tC a very fun car indeed. Front-seat passengers enjoy ample head and legroom, but the rear passengers will have to stoop if they're over six feet tall. The rear area is better utilized by folding down the seats, creating a large cargo hold; the front seat also folds flat, allowing longer items such as surfboards to be stowed with the rear hatch closed.

iPod Compatibility
The optional iPod connector allows you to control your iPod via the radio. The system is hidden beneath the center console armrest and continually supplies power to the iPod.

LED Interior Light Package
The optional LED interior light package fills the foot wells with neat blue lighting.

2007 Scion tC Details
Interior

The tC's interior is Lexus-like in its execution. Fit and finish are flawless, right down to the seamless dash-mounted airbag. New for 2007 are the addition of sun visor extensions and a tire-pressure monitoring system. The instrument cluster is neatly arranged into three separate circular housings, and the center stack is covered with a silver finish. A large aluminum knob is used to control the climate system, and above it resides a Pioneer CD/MP3 player hidden behind a flip-up panel. The front seats are properly supportive, with nice side bolsters and new fabrics. The placement of the clutch, brake and accelerator pedals, however, is unusually close.

Exterior
2007 Scion tC photo

The tC exterior is handsome, but not revolutionary. From the front, the tC resembles a coupe version of Volvo's new S40, with a set of lighted eyebrows borrowed from BMW. Around back, the sleek hatch and side windows look a bit like an Acura. A unique item is the massive panorama moonroof included as standard equipment on every car. The new SPEC Package removes the sporty wheels and rear spoiler, but offers a number of front end treatment options to please the most demanding tuner.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The tC has a 161-horsepower 2.4-liter engine, five-speed manual transmission, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, rear defroster, power door locks, power windows, remote keyless entry, tire-pressure monitoring system, power hatch release, automatic halogen headlamps, dual power mirrors, power panorama moonroof, AM/FM stereo with CD/MP3, left-side knee airbag, cruise control, tilt wheel with audio touch controls and alloy wheels.

Optional Equipment

Options include a four-speed automatic transmission, stainless steel exhaust, carbon fiber trim, ground effects kit, under-dash interior light kit, six-disc CD changer, Bazooka subwoofer, front-side and side-curtain airbags and a host of dealer-installed options.

Under the Hood

Unlike the xA and xB, the tC gets a big dose of power in the form of a 16-valve 2.4-liter engine. The tC is not as quick as some of its turbocharged rivals, but most people should be pleased with the car's combination of good acceleration and great gas mileage.

2.4-liter in-line 4
161 horsepower @ 5700 rpm
163 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/30 (manual), 23/31 (automatic)

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2007 Scion tC Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.1
Out of 10

Based on 675 Ratings for the 2005 - 2010 models.

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  • Value
    9.4/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    9.3/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

Sharp, icy cold AC, CLEAN, one owner-seriously!

By on Sunday, April 24, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 98,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Clean, dependable, one-owner, super sporty"

Cons: "I will miss it :o("

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Take Me Home With You!

"A lot of car for the money, my Scion is super-clean and dependable. The body is sharp and all electronics are functional. The only thing nicer than the exterior is the fresh, spotless interior. Selling this only because we're becoming debt-free on Dave Ramsey's plan!!"

1 person out of 4 found this review helpful

Take Me Home With You!

Fantastic car, I under estimated it's nice looks

By on Monday, December 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great exterior design that never outdates"

Cons: "none, maybe burgandy is a boring color"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I picked up my manual transmission stock burgandy 2007 scion TC at a carmax in california in 2010. At the time it had 27k miles on it and as of Dec 2015 it's at an even steven 40k miles. I have to say, for all this time, the only thing I changed was the brake pads and now the tires. What a durable vehicle! For a long time I thought there was something wrong because it seemed too fast. The acceleration was so jumpy that my tires would always squeal from stop to first gear, which I hate. Also, I found out recently, no other scion TC I've seen has black leather seats. Mine does and it's a privilege to have this unique feature. Also, the only other panoramic roof (the black top) vehicle I know other than a scion TC is a Tesla Model S, which I know I won't be able to afford in my lifetime. Anyways, I have to say that this model scion TC (the bubble car) as people say, is the most eye pleasing to me. The newer scions were always ugly in my book, and I'm very grateful now that I chose this vehicle. These days, whenever I go for a standard oil change at Toyota, I now get offers and comments about if I'm interested in selling my car. And this is coming from the people who work there! The resale value for this is just fantastic. Reminds me of a Honda Civic but better. Now I know I will take extra good care for my TC."

14 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Great car. Toyota engine

By on Friday, June 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "toyoto camry engine .Handles well it hugs the road"

Cons: "A rough ride and geared to low in 5th gear"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Bought 07 TC for our 17 year old son He is now 24 and still drives this car 75000 mile and only thing replaced are tires and brakes"

18 people out of 37 found this review helpful

It's a great car at a great price.

By on Thursday, May 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "picks up speed kick, GPS option, rims, ALL of IT"

Cons: "no 4-wheel drive, winter tires a must"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought mine in Dec 2007 and I have enjoyed driving it since them. It is a great car. I had the GPS (about 2k) added and it has been a great add on to have. It is a bit costly to updates, the CD costs about $300 but it's worth it. The car has Iphone hook ups as well as for AUX, so you have options. The interior is beautiful, very sporty and comfortable. The interior design is pretty nice for the price. I love about the Scion TC that it's a smooth ride, it doesn't take much to make it go, unlike Nissan Altima Coupe and even some Acuras. I previously owned Paseo, which was the car line before Celica. These cars are long lasting. There has not been any mechanical problems just regular wear and tear. Winter tires are a must though, if you want to survive the NE winter."

20 people out of 40 found this review helpful

Wasn't mine but I love riding in it

By on Thursday, May 14, 2015

I don't own this car

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "smooth make, fun to drive,sound system,sunroof"

Cons: "bad on gas, stuck seats,no removable cup holders"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I met my fiance (at the time) in this car. He drove a stick version and thought he was too cool. This car drives smooth with no alterations made. The sound system is factory made and the seats are made for fast movement based on the way it hugged your body. I eventually co-owned the car and drove it more over the years. It was my first stick to drive and the car kindly bared with me why I made a couple of mistakes. I loved that it came with an alarm system and key wireless system, also the trunk was just right for all my weekend outings. This car has grown with me but my next purchase of a Scion will be a four door. It's more convenient for the twin kiddies we are about to raise."

11 people out of 19 found this review helpful

not my idea of a great car.

By on Saturday, April 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 58,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "I guess its ok."

Cons: "just has no class."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"Nothing beats my mitsubitchi eclipse! Had 2 both stick shifts.they were leased. When the lease was up they wanted an unreasonable amount of money. So I saw the scion in 08 and bought it.its ok but not my favorite."

14 people out of 73 found this review helpful

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