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Scion tC

The Scion tC is a sporty two-door liftback that went on sale for the 2005 model year. More powerful than other Scion entries at the time, the tC quickly became a popular seller for the Toyota sub-brand. The more powerful second-generation Scion tC debuted for the 2011 model year. Production ceased when the Scion brand was dissolved after the 2016 model year.

Latest generation
2011 - 2016
2011-2016 Scion tC generation
$13,998 - $17,998*
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2011 - 2016

2011-2016 Scion tC generation

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.

What you can expect to pay for a 2011 - 2016 Scion tC

Median Scion tC price at CarMax in the last 60 days
Range of Scion tC prices at CarMax in the last 60 days

Model highlights

  • Standard equipment includes upscale audio system, Bluetooth® music streaming

  • Available with six-speed manual transmission

  • 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

2016 Scion tC

New for 2016

  • Final year for Scion brand and tC

  • New 7-inch touchscreen audio system

  • Standard keyless entry and ignition

  • Standard rear windshield wiper 

  • Minor interior trim upgrades

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2015 Scion tC

2015 Scion tC

New for 2015

  • Automatic transmission now standard with paddle shifters and rev-matching downshifts

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2014 Scion tC

2014 Scion tC 10 Series

New for 2014

  • 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

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2013 Scion tC

2013 Scion tC

New for 2013

  • 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

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2012 Scion tC

2012 Scion tC

New for 2012

  • 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

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2011 Scion tC

2011 Scion tC

New for 2011

  • First year of second-generation 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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Looking for 2010 models or older?

CarMax only sells 2011 models and newer. But no matter the year, we'll happily buy your car.


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