2016 Scion tC

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  • Accelerates quickly
  • Handles well
  • Plenty of standard tech features


  • Cabin materials could use more refinement
  • Lacks advanced driver-assistance features
  • Engine is focused on performance rather than economy

Mileage (EPA estimate)

23 city, 31 highway, 26 combined

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What is new for the 2016 Scion tC?

  • The tC is available in a new trim called the Release 10.0.
  • The Release 9.0 trim has been discontinued for 2016.
  • Satellite Radio Ready features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The Base trim now comes with Smart Key as standard equipment.

5 reasons to buy the 2016 Scion tC

1. Engaging driving experience

The 2016 Scion tC might be a two-door, four-seat coupe but it offers a driving experience more akin to a sports car. The responsive handling, precise steering, and well-tuned suspension make it a joy to drive, especially if you're after a sporty ride that's still practical. Power comes from a 2.5L four-cylinder engine that offers 179 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque. A manual transmission comes as standard if you like to row your own gears, but you won't have any problem finding used models with the available automatic transmission and paddle shifters.

2. Generous standard features

The 2016 tC has a wide range of standard features across its single trim. Even the base model includes amenities like a panoramic sunroof, keyless entry, cruise control, and a touchscreen audio system. While this isn't a luxury vehicle, you'll be pleased with the level of tech in every model. This makes it great if you're looking for maximum amenities in a fun daily driver.

3. Versatile interior

Despite its sporty exterior, the 2016 Scion tC surprises with a spacious interior that comfortably accommodates both front and rear passengers. Access to the rear seats is relatively easy considering this is a two-door model and passengers in the back get 34.6 inches of legroom. For added comfort, the rear seats also recline — something that's rare in a coupe. In the trunk, there's 14.7 cu-ft of space but you can fold the rear seats to open up more space when you need it.

4. Eye-catching design

The 2016 Scion tC boasts a sleek and stylish design that's designed to look sporty. With its aggressive front grille, sleek profile, and sporty accents, this compact coupe stands out from the crowd, allowing you to make a bold statement on the road. Inside, you get a flat-bottom steering wheel and well-bolstered seats that add to the sporty feel. Color options include three shades of grey, as well as black and white, but it's the Blue Streak Metallic and Absolutely Red that really stand out.

5. Entertainment features

The 2016 tC offers a range of technology features that enhance your driving experience. As standard, you get Bluetooth® connectivity, an eight-speaker Pioneer sound system with HD Radio™, an auxiliary audio jack, and a USB port. This means that no matter whether you're moving boxes, driving to the office, or heading out on a Sunday drive with friends, you'll be able to put on the perfect soundtrack (or podcast) for the journey.

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Scion tC features and specs

Release 10.0 2WD 2D Hatchback

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Manual Transmission
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Pioneer Sound System
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Traction Control
  • Manual Transmission
  • Navigation System
  • Satellite Radio Ready

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