2011 Scion tC

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tC MSRP: $ 18275.00
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  • A 4-seater with respectable performance and an affordable price
  • Comfortable ride
  • Long list of custom options
  • Tall drivers won't like the headroom
  • Hard plastic interior
  • Lacks a performance edge
The 2011 Scion tC has been redesigned and starts its 2nd generation with an all-new 2.5 liter four cylinder engine that pumps out 180 horsepower. The new engine has 19 more horsepower than the previous model and 11 additional lb-ft of torque. In addition to increases in power, the new engine delivers an increase in fuel economy all while lowering emissions. EPA estimates are 23 mpg city and 31 mpg highway.

The tC features two all-new transmissions: the six-speed manual transmission with improved shift-feel , and a new six-speed automatic gains two gears along with sequential-shift.

The all-new 2nd generation tC rides on a new chassis with specially tuned MacPherson strut front suspension and double-wishbone rear suspension that rides lower than the first generation model. Standard equipment are larger 18 inch aluminum alloy wheels wrapped in wider tires. 16-inch disc brakes on all corners are standard.

Inside, the cabin has been lengthened for a more comfortable passenger experience with increased versatility.  Utility is enhanced with reclining rear seats that split 60/40, providing more storage capacity.  The panoramic moonroof remains standard in the new tC.

The standard audio system inside the 2011 Scion tC is a 300 watt eight-speaker Pioneer AM/FM/CD head unit with USB iPod connectivity. The optional premium Alpine audio system features a 4.3-inch color touch-panel screen, HD radio, Media Expander (MX), and front and rear RCA outputs. Alpine's MX Improves compressed audio sound of digital music. The optional Alpine audio system is also navigation and back-up camera ready.

CarReview's opinion of the 2011 Scion tC

  • Generous bump in horsepower and torque over the previous generation
  • Retuned suspension makes the new tC fun to drive
  • Flat-bottom, fat-rimmed steering wheel adds to the fun factor
  • Available TRD options for off-the-scale fun
  • Sequential transmission missing steering wheel mounted shifter paddles
  • Inside sunroof cover is flimsy
  • Small buttons and knobs make it difficult to use the Alpine stereo
  • 5 inch navigation screen too small and difficult to read with a quick glance
Verdict: While engine, suspension and packaging improvements tend to fly under the radar, what you will most notice about the new tC is its improved appearance. This formerly prosaic looking coupe, which bore no familial resemblance to its pugnacious brother, the xB panel wagon, has finally scored some styling salsa of its own, courtesy of Toyota’s in-house styling studio, CALTY. Thanks to the widened track, flared fenders became necessary. The flares combine with a nastier frontal aspect and a retooled greenhouse mimicking racing helmet design to produce an iconic look wholly different from its predecessor. There’s no reason why Release 2 of the tC won’t handily outsell Release 1. And there are 310,000 of the old models on the road right now.

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