The 2005 Scion tC hatchback coupe by Toyota classifies as a compact, two-door, four-passenger hatchback with standard features inside and out. Its forerunners, the Scion xA five-door hatchback and the xB micro van, use the Toyota Avensis chassis. Consumer reviews remain mixed on this vehicle with some loving it and calling it fun to drive and others hating it due to a constant need of repairs.
The hatchback has come a long way and makes a perfect choice for families or singles who don’t want to spend a lot of money for a car but get a good value.
Body Styles: coupe, hatchback
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder
Transmission: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Scion tC
The 2005 Scion tC coupe starts as a new model.
The 2005 Scion tC features all-season tires with an inside-mounted spare, a power glass sunroof that filters 97 percent of UV rays, and cargo tie downs. The hatchback wears 17-inch wheels and comes in many different vibrant colors to match any preference. Standard features include power mirrors with turn signals.
The Scion tC features cloth front bucket seats with a center console and cup holders, a driver’s seat with height adjustment and front seats that recline, mechanical front-seat memory, and split-fold seats in the rear that also recline. The 2005 Scion tC also includes power locks and windows, as well as power steering with cruise control, air-conditioning, and external temperature display.
The entertainment system features a Pioneer stereo with an AM/FM radio, a CD player, MP3 capability, and six speakers; remote trunk release; and a trunk light.
An additional TRD parts catalog and 40-item option list means the 2005 Scion tC can be modified to your liking. Options include a six-disc CD changer, XM satellite radio and a 10-inch subwoofer for the stereo system, a variety of leather and chrome shift knobs, a shift point indicator light kit, and a cargo net to keep pets in rear area.
Cargo capacity with the seats up totals 11.7 cubic feet and the maximum capacity reaches 32.8 cubic feet.
Performance & Handling
Due to the four-cylinder motor in the 2005 Scion tC, one cannot expect the push and acceleration of some of its more powerful competitors. Hard maneuvers result in body roll and the tires don’t stick as well as drivers might hope with somewhat inefficient take-off and stopping ability. However, the tC offers a quiet and comfortable ride with plenty of room for the driver and passengers.
The 2005 Scion tC features a four-wheel anti-lock braking system with ventilated front and solid rear disc brakes, electronic brake force distribution, an engine immobilizer, keyless entry, emergency seatback release, a rear defogger, child seat anchors, tire pressure monitoring, and a first aid kit.
Crash tests result in NHTSA ratings of four out of five stars, with a total of five stars for driver safety.
There have been three recalls on the Scion tC, including improperly assembled airbags that might not inflate enough to provide protection; a problem if debris from the road hits the glass wind deflector on the sunroof, which could cause it to shatter; and unexpected deployment of side-curtain airbags and side-impact seat bolster if someone closes the door too hard.
EPA Fuel Economy
Scion tC: 19/27 mpg city/highway
- Smooth and quiet ride
- Good interior space
- Cheaper than competitors
- Efficient fuel consumption
You Won't Like
- Small rear cargo area
- Less power from four-cylinder
Nothing fancy, but a sturdy and trustworthy vehicle.
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