Scion tC

Each automotive company has its own distinctive history, and Scion is no exception. Compared to most household brand names in the auto industry, Scion is a newcomer. The brand launched in 2002 and is a strictly American division of Toyota. As the parent company, Toyota chose to develop the Scion brand as a way to reach an additional segment of the American market. To that end, Toyota and Scion have constructed a unique company with several never-before-seen features in world of car manufacturing and sales.

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Scion tC Origins

Part of the purpose of Scion is to appeal to younger and ""hipper"" generations of Americans. To do this, Scion offers more trim levels and flexibility when it comes to ordering new cars. Average consumers are given more options to customize their vehicles than ever seen before.

Another feature found in Scion dealerships is the company’s ""pure price"" policy. This policy ensures the price listed on the vehicle is the market price, including finance and insurance fees and charges. The idea is to help potential buyers make an informed choice without the customary haggling on the showroom floor. Since its inception in 2002, Scion has offered a number of popular car lines, including the sporty tC.

About the Scion tC

The first thing that comes to mind when the Scion tC is mentioned is style. Scion was trying to appeal to the younger crowd when it designed the tC, and the company certainly seems to have hit the mark. The tC is well known for its stylish coupe body and consistently updated features, such as its state-of-the-art audio system. Scion made every attempt to stay current as far as the car’s technological and entertainment abilities, and added Bluetooth and iPod features to the tC soon after its initial release in 2005.

The Scion tC is also known for is its various customizable options. With these cars, Scion kept up its tradition of allowing more customization choices than its competition. It appears the various options are helping to keep these cars popular with their intended market.

While no one can miss the stylish and unique coupe design of the tC, the car also provides plenty of cargo space. In addition to the spacious trunk, it helps that the tC provides more than adequate space in the back seat.

Scion tC Features

Scion decided to release an updated version of the tC for the 2012 model year. This edition is similar in most fundamental ways to the previous model year offerings, though it’s now equipped with an upgraded standard stereo, HD radio capability, and Bluetooth audio streaming. Again, these upgrades stay true to Scion’s goal of making the tC as appealing as possible to the younger, tech-savvy generation of new-car buyers.

The Scion tC is available in two trim levels: the base and the Series Release 7.0. Both trim levels have a variety of customizable options. The base option is equipped with full power accessories, sunroof options, and keyless entry, and is also offered with such standard features as a telescoping steering wheel and cruise control.

The amped-up Scion tC Series Release 7.0 edition has some goodies of its own to offer. Interestingly enough, Scion is only offering this model in its ""High Voltage"" yellow color. This model variant sports 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and ignition, and a lower body kit. The tC Series Release 7.0 is a limited-release model; Scion only plans to make 2,200.

Scion tC Evolution

The past versions of the Scion tC met with largely positive reviews. The first generation of the tC was offered from 2005 to 2010. The early tCs were available in only one trim level and featured a two-door, five-seat, hatchback body style. The early tC features a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder motor capable of 161 hp. When paired with a four-cylinder motor, Scion chose to equip the car with a standard five-speed manual transmission, though the tC could be equipped with a four-speed automatic if desired. It’s important to note that fuel economy isn’t a strong point for these cars; the first model in 2005, for example, earned an estimated rating of 20/27 mpg city/hwy, despite its relatively small size.

In addition to the nice options for under the hood, the first generation of the Scion tC also included an impressively stylish interior. While some manufacturers prefer to cut corners the materials used for the inside of their models, Scion typically chooses to invest in the interior as a selling point, and the tC is a prime example. Most industry experts and reviewers are more than pleased with the quality of materials and the inventive, attractive design of the center console.

Select a Scion tC Year

2016 Scion tC

Hatchback, Sports

2015 Scion tC

Hatchback, Sports

2014 Scion tC

Hatchback, Sports

2013 Scion tC

Coupe, Hatchback, Sports

Scion has been making a name for itself among the American car market for a while now.

2012 Scion tC

Coupe, Hatchback, Sports

For the 2011 model year, the faster, more fuel-efficient second-generation tC debuted with all-new styling. For 2012, the Release Series 7.0 makes its entry, there are new sound systems, and Bluetooth phone and streaming audio become standard.

2011 Scion tC

Coupe, Hatchback, Sports

The 2011 Scion tC is a compact, two-door coupe manufactured by Toyota and sold under its Scion marquee.

2010 Scion tC

Coupe, Hatchback, Sports

With an all-new model set to arrive for 2011, the 2010 Scion tC was a carryover from the previous model year, and did not receive any changes or updates.

2009 Scion tC

Coupe, Hatchback, Sports

Based on the Toyota Avensis, the 2009 Scion tC is a three-door hatchback that targets the 20- to 30-year-old buyer market.

2008 Scion tC

Coupe, Hatchback, Sports

The 2008 Scion TC is a youthful car, full of pep, and stylish.

2007 Scion tC

Coupe, Hatchback, Sports

The 2007 Scion tC is an impressive little car.

2006 Scion tC

Coupe, Hatchback, Sports

The 2006 Scion tC Hatchback comes equipped with a 2.

2005 Scion tC

Coupe, Hatchback, Sports

The 2005 Scion tC hatchback coupe by Toyota classifies as a compact, two-door, four-passenger hatchback with standard features inside and out.