2008 Scion tC

  • 2008 Scion tC Base Hatchback
    • MAX MPG
      29
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      161/162
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $17,800
  • 2008 Scion tC Spec Hatchback
    • MAX MPG
      29
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      161/162
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $16,100
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2008 Scion tC Review

A lot of bang for the buck, making it a great choice for young drivers wanting a bit of fun.

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Overview

The 2008 Scion TC is a youthful car, full of pep, and stylish. This is a car built for those looking for a cheap muscle car. Shoppers may expect a whiny, weedy engine at this price, but instead, they receive a car that has well-balanced handling, engine power, and style. Not only that, but the Scion is made for customization. Dealers provide a wide array of wheels, spoilers, graphics, and trim materials to satiate most drivers’ appetites. There is even a pricy supercharger for those wanting a bit more power than the standard TC has to provide. Although the Scion TC isn’t perfect, it is still a reasonably priced sport coupe that is ready to please most drivers looking for a good time.

The Range

Body Styles: sport coupe
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Scion TC, Scion TC Spec

What's New

The 2008 Scion TC gets an exterior makeover this year. New parts include a new front and rear fascia, updated instrument panel with less clutter and modern controls, and better seat fabric. All 2008 Scion TC models now come with an auxiliary audio jack.

Exterior

The 2008 Scion TC is a hatchback, two-door sport coupe with a bit of modern styling. The Spec is your traditional entry-level model. It boasts 16-inch steel wheels, null tires, full wheel covers, fixed-glass rear sunroof, MacPherson front strut suspension, and integrated turn signal mirrors. The upper level Base model comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, power glass sunroof, and many other options. The 2008 Scion TC offers a lot of extra features at the dealership, including a rear spoiler, different wheels, and flashy exterior trim packages for a bit of extra money.

Interior

The interior of the 2008 Scion TC is very roomy due to the car’s extended wheelbase. There is plenty of legroom for the driver and passengers. The rear seats have a split recline that allows passengers to sit back up to 45 degrees, making for a very comfortable ride. The hatchback opening is very wide, allowing easy access to the 35 cubic feet of space available there. Unfortunately, the headroom is a little bit tight due to the design of the hatchback. The interior quality is very good, especially for the price. Standard features on the Spec model include air-conditioning, keyless entry, power accessories, and a Pioneer CD stereo with an auxiliary input jack. The Base model comes with cruise control and one-touch power windows.

Performance & Handling

The 2008 Scion TC comes with a standard 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 161 horsepower with 162 lb-ft of torque. This base model has a decent acceleration rate, but it is nothing to get excited about. The engine is paired with a five-speed manual with a four-speed automatic transmission. The 2008 Scion TC handles very well, able to hug corners without any under steer and minimal body roll. The 17-inch wheels grip the road like glue. The brakes are strong and keep the car from veering. The suspension even absorbs a lot of road abnormalities, making for a bump free ride. The 2.4-liter engine, although not very powerful, has a lot of go in high and low gears. If shoppers want racing quality, however, they'll want to add an engine supercharger. Unfortunately, since this is offered only through a dealer, the installation cost is quite high and takes a lot of extra time. If they're going for a 2008 Scion TC, they should buy the manual gearbox version, since these are a lot more fun to use and control the engine better than the automatic.

Safety

The 2008 Scion TC comes with anti-lock disc brakes, a driver knee airbag, and a first aid kit. Side airbags and full-length curtain airbags are optional. The NHTSA gave the 2008 Scion TC a five-star rating for driver protection for frontal impact, and four out of five stars for front passenger protection. Scions tested without the optional side airbags received four out of five stars for side impact.

EPA Fuel Economy

Scion TC: 21/29 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Nice styling
  • Extensive extras list
  • Cheap price
  • Great ride
  • Roomy cargo area

You Won't Like

  • Limited headroom for driver and passengers
  • Not as exciting a ride as the competition

Sum Up

A lot of bang for the buck, making it a great choice for young drivers wanting a bit of fun.

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