2013 Scion tC

  • 2013 Scion tC Base Hatchback

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2013 Scion tC Review

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Scion has been making a name for itself among the American car market for a while now. The 2013 tC is another solid product from its line. This coupe hatchback is a good choice for anyone looking for a fun to drive car with a decent fuel economy. While it’s true that some of the other coupe choices beat this model out in some categories such as fuel economy and power, it still holds its own overall. Most drivers find this model to be a reliable, fun to drive choice with lots of standard features and a sporty look and feel. Even with its sporty outward appearance, the tC provides a smooth, comfortable ride and this car really likes taking twists and turns at a comfortable pace. Many people are sure to appreciate the spacious rear seat and cargo area of this model.

New For 2013

For the 2013 model year Scion kept things pretty much the same for the tC. Consumers can look forward to:

  • New Release Series 8.0 trim level


The 2013 Scion tC is a compact, coupe hatchback with seating for five people. This sporty coupe has 18 alloy wheels and plenty of good looks to attract the average driver looking for a fun and practical car. The RS 8.0 receives different styled wheels and sits closer to the ground. Interested buyers should be aware that only 2000 of this trim level are going to be made. Overall, there is no doubt the tC looks sporty and like it’s made for the open road. The grille and front end of this model is distinctive with sharply shaped headlights and narrow grille. The Scion logo is found in the center of the grille and the hood slopes back to the windshield in an aerodynamic design. The sides and doors of the tC are slightly scoped with nice detailing. All models of the tC are hatchback design. This car is sure to get some attention whether at the kids’ school, at work, or on the road.

Interior & Cargo

There are pros and cons to the cabin of the 2013 Scion tC. While the materials used inside could definitely stand to be of better quality, there is a decided sporty aspect to the cabin that many people will find appealing. The front seats are supportive, reflective of the well bolstered seats found in sports cars. This model is also equipped with a racing car inspired steering wheel. The gauges and controls are angled towards the driver, again for that sports car/racing car feel. Additionally, Scion chose to equip the tC with a state of the art sound system to attract younger buyers.

For this category, the available cargo space is rather impressive. The tC boasts 14.7 cubic feet of space. Naturally, the available space becomes even more impressive when the rear seat is folded down.


Like many other cars of this class, the Scion tC has lots of safety features standard. It is equipped with front side airbags, front knee airbags, side curtain airbags, and active front headrests. This model also has traction and stability control as well as anti-lock brakes.

In both government and independent safety testing, the 2013 Scion tC ranked well in the tests.

Driving Experience

The 2013 Scion tC is equipped with quite a powertrain. This coupe has a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine coupled with a six-speed manual transmission. It is also available with a six-speed automatic transmission as an option. The powertrain is capable of 180 hp and 173 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy comes in at 23/31 mpg city/highway. While these aren’t bad numbers, there are other cars in this class with better fuel economy.

Driving the tC for the 2013 model year certainly has its perks. For drivers that spend a lot of time driving around town, the tC is responsive enough to provide lots of fun. This isn’t necessarily the coupe that screams to be opened up on the highway or back roads though. When the four-cylinder engine is paired with the six-speed manual transmission, the tC responds faster and gives the driver a bit more the money.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Scion tC

  • Hyundai Veloster
  • Kia Forte
  • Ford Focus
  • Honda Civic

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