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2014 Scion tC Debut

The 2014 Scion tC steps back into the spotlight.

What's New

The Scion tC accounts for 40 percent of all Scion vehicles ever sold, making it one of the most important vehicles for the brand. But with each passing year, the tC loses a little luster, and with much of the attention these days going to the flashier, more dynamic Scion FR-S, the automaker had to enliven its flagship. The 2014 Scion tC adds slight FR-S inspired changes, including a new front end that is meant to reflect the sportier, more aggressive nature of the FR-S. The hood has been lowered, the grille and headlights have been updated, and the changes continue to the interior. A new standard 6.1-inch touchscreen modernizes the cabin, and the six-speed automatic transmission has even been tuned for faster up- and downshifts.

Who It's For

While Scion has long tried to tout the tC as the sportier side of the lineup, the FR-S clearly wears that crown now. But for many buyers, the FR-S may be too sporty for a daily driver. The Scion tC offers those buyers a more practical offering, but still retains some of the sportiness. A new aggressive front end, 18-inch wheels, and the powerful, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a faster-shifting automatic transmission will offer a measure of fun to liven up the daily commute. The Hyundai Elantra Coupe, is a key competitor, as well as the Honda Civic Coupe.

Key Features

The 2014 Scion tC has been updated, and skews more towards the new Scion FR-S.
  • new front-end, headlights, and grille, Scion FR-S inspired
  • 6.1-inch touch-audio screen standard
  • six-speed automatic transmission features faster up- and downshifts, six-speed manual available
  • 2.5-liter, four-cylinder, 179 hp engine

What We Think

The 2014 Scion tC updates the automaker's all-time greatest seller with new front-end styling, enhancements on the interior, and an automatic transmission that shifts more like the sporty FR-S. Does this make for a more appealing tC? Yes. Do we wish Scion did more? Yes. The changes in place should help keep the nameplate afloat, but we would have liked to see a more dramatic update, to really differentiate and elevate the coupe.

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