2011 - 2016
Second generation Scion tC
The second-generation Scion tC debuted for the 2011 model year with more power, better estimated fuel economy, a slightly larger interior, and more refined styling that retained the two-door hatchback configuration of the original. The new engine, borrowed from the contemporary Toyota Camry, put out a respectable 180 horsepower. Thanks to new six-speed automatic and manual transmissions, fuel economy estimates improved as well.
Though it has a sporty coupe look, the tC is more about style than outright performance. It rides comfortably over bumps, and the hatchback design and folding rear seatbacks make the little two-door surprisingly practical day to day. When new, Scion dealerships offered a wide variety of customization options, including upgraded audio systems, colored interior lighting, and exterior and interior accessories, meaning you'll likely find some variation between individual tC models.
The biggest downside is that the tC disappeared from dealerships before tech features such as Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone integration were widely available. But the little tC is still a smart-looking and practical alternative if you're looking for affordable and practical transportation with a sporty flair.
Note: If you like the tC but are looking for a newer model, the Toyota 86 served as a successor.
Standard equipment includes upscale audio system, Bluetooth® music streaming
Available with six-speed manual transmission
Rear seats fold down for additional cargo space
Six-speed automatic matches revs when downshifting in manual mode (2015-2016)
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Changes by year
Latest generation from 2011 - 2016
2016 Scion tC
New 7-inch touchscreen audio system
Standard keyless entry and ignition
Standard rear windshield wiper
Minor interior trim upgrades
2015 Scion tC
Automatic transmission now standard with paddle shifters and rev-matching downshifts
2014 Scion tC
Refreshed exterior styling includes new, more aggressively styled front and rear bumpers
Suspension and steering retuned for sportier driving experience
Limited-edition 10 Series includes unique silver paint, 18-inch dark-finished alloy wheels, projector-beam headlights, illuminated badges, LED accent lighting, an illuminated "Scion" center console panel, premium stitching on the seats and steering wheel
2013 Scion tC
Limited-edition Release Series 8.0 adds different 18-inch wheels, suspension and styling tweaks, center-exit exhaust, paddle shifters (automatic transmission); only 2,000 units made
2012 Scion tC
New standard audio system adds Bluetooth music streaming, HD radio
Limited-edition Series 7.0 features yellow paint, exterior styling tweaks, and keyless ignition; only 2,200 units made
2011 Scion tC
Roomier interior with more cargo space
Standard 18-inch alloy wheels
New, larger engine with more horsepower and torque
New six-speed automatic transmission
New six-speed manual transmission available
Standard Pioneer audio system includes USB input
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