KBB Editors' Overview
By Keith Buglewicz - Updated Date: 9/9/2014
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. Loaded with a high-end audio system, plenty of visual upgrades and even a few performance parts from TRD, Scion's in-house aftermarket division, the Scion tC splits the difference in price and performance between rivals like the Honda Civic EX and Si models, with a price starting just under $20,000 without going much higher. The usable rear seat makes it more practical than other sporty cars, and the hatchback is easy to load and surprisingly roomy. While it's handily outclassed by Scion's own FR-S coupe, the tC's reliability and solid resale history help this little 2-door thrive.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you're looking for a sporty-looking coupe that offers good fuel economy, an excellent audio system and a fun-to-drive attitude, then the 2015 Scion tC is a good call. First-time buyers will appreciate the no-haggle pricing, the numerous accessories allowing nearly infinite customization options, and the big rear hatch providing excellent cargo room.
You May Not Like This Car If...
While the Scion tC looks quick, it's left in the dust by similarly sized and priced competitors like the Honda Civic Coupe – even the Scion FR-S sports car isn't too much of a stretch. An abundance of black inside the tC's cabin is another detractor.
What's New for 2015
After numerous visual and performance improvements last year, the 2015 Scion tC's changes are limited. The automatic transmission gets new steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, and there are two new colors available: Blizzard Pearl and Cosmic Gray.
Whether the 2015 Scion tC is a sports coupe, or just a sporty-looking one is a matter for debate. Last year, Scion nudged the needle more toward "sports coupe" with an improved automatic transmission and better suspension. The improved road manners and chassis feel were welcome, but the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, despite being bigger than many competitors, isn't exceptionally powerful, and the tC isn't exactly quick. However, we do like the downshift rev-matching technology borrowed from the FR-S, and it's a vast improvement over the old automatic. We still prefer the 6-speed manual gearbox both for its light clutch and precise, quick shifts. Still, compared to other coupes in its class, it's not nearly as powerful or capable, though for city driving it's probably good enough for most buyers.
BESPOKE PREMIUM AUDIO
Scion offers a BeSpoke audio system as an enhancement to the standard touch-screen radio. It adds full navigation to the system, as well as the Aha smartphone app service that allows access to 30,000 free radio stations including Scion's own station featuring 17 separate music channels.
BUILD YOUR OWN
One of the hallmarks of Scion is its personalization options. From exterior enhancements like spoilers and wheels, to performance upgrades like bigger brakes and stiffer springs, there are a lot of options to help make your tC unique. Since they can be wrapped into your regular payment, they're affordable, too.
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