The 2011 Scion tC’s Total Car Score indicates it is a middle-of–the-road player in the compact coupe and convertible segment.
This model was first introduced six years earlier but is redesigned for the 2011 model year. The new sheetmetal is decidedly more aggressive, which should play well with the tC’s youth-oriented audience.
The cabin is similarly performance-oriented and purposeful. Inside, one will find the tC to be roomy and comfortable, as well as providing generous cargo capacity. The two-door hatchback is configured with standard second-row 60/40 split-folding rear seats and includes seating for five.
Considering the price range, expect to find a good deal of hard plastic throughout the interior. In terms of safety, the tC features standard side airbags, stability control and antilock brakes.
Compared to the first-generation tC, the new model has a more powerful engine, along with improved suspension tuning. Perhaps not as sporty as some of its competitors in this segment, the tC still offers good value.
The 2011 Scion tC is sold as a two-door hatchback in one trim level.
Standard equipment includes a leather-trimmed steering wheel, sport bucket front seats, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, air conditioning, keyless entry, a sunroof, tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, 18-inch alloy wheels, power outside mirrors with LED turn signal indicators and an eight-speaker audio system with iPod interface.
The front-wheel-drive tC is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, producing 180 horsepower and 173 pound-feet of torque. Transmission choices include a standard six-speed manual and an optional six-speed automatic with sequential-shift capability.
Both manual and automatic models are EPA-rated at 23/31/26 mpg. The tC uses Regular fuel.
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