2008 Scion tC Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$15,300-$17,800
$14,535-$16,910
20 /CITY / 28 /HWY
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What Changed for 2008:

  • Exterior styling changes

  • Upgraded audio system

  • Two new exterior colors

  • iPod connectivity standard

  • Standard moonroof with panoramic power glass

  • Standard anti-lock brakes (ABS)
Overview
The Scion tC, a front-wheel-drive, 2-door hatchback coupe, carries some exterior styling changes for 2008: new upper mesh grille, lattice lower grille, and projector-type lower beam headlights with black trim. Refinements in the interior include silver-colored accents on door assist grips and center console, updated fabrics, and an upgraded audio system.

Model Lineup
The 2008 Scion tC hatchback coupe is available in its basic form with either manual or automatic transmission, or in Spec trim (containing less equipment) in manual or automatic transmission. The basic tC coupe comes standard with manual transmission or optional electronically controlled 4-speed automatic transmission; 17-inch alloy wheels; air conditioning; cruise control; rear-window defogger; front sport bucket seats with driver's side thigh and height adjustments; reclining 60/40 split-folding rear seat; center console with LCD display showing external temperature; seven fan speeds and a clock; exterior mirror with integrated turn signal lights; power mirrors and door locks; tonneau cover for rear cargo area; jam protection in power up/down windows; multi-function remote keyless entry with panic mode and engine immobilizer features; auto-off headlamps; electric hatch release; chrome-plated exhaust tip; and unique audio control cover. In addition, new seat fabrics and two new exterior colors are available: Azure Pearl and Black Cherry Pearl. All Scion tC models provide free 5,000-mile and 10,000-mile factory-recommended maintenance services, to be performed at authorized Toyota or Scion dealerships. The 2008 tC carries a 3-year/36,000-mile basic new-vehicle limited warranty. An additional 60-month warranty covers the vehicle's powertrain for 60,000 miles and corrosion with no mileage limitation.

Toyota Racing Development and Scion Genuine Accessories are sources for performance-related and customizing items like spoilers, ground effects, appliqus, and mud guards. A Spec package is available from Scion, however, that strips the Scion tC (either manual or automatic transmission models) to bare bones for individual customization. The tC Spec package includes standard steel wheels; 7-spoke wheel covers; P205/55R15 tires; grille and headlight garnish; fixed-glass panoramic moonroof; urethane steering wheel; unique upholstery; and choice of four colors (compared to the standard tC's seven colors).

Powertrain
Power for the 2008 Scion tC comes from a 2.4-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine with variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i). coupeed to a 5-speed manual transmission, the powertrain delivers 161 hp at 6000 rpm and 162 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. An electronically controlled 4-speed automatic transmission is also available. Scion tC is certified as a California Air Resources Board (CARB) ultra low-emission vehicle (ULEV). EPA fuel economy estimates for the Scion tC equipped with manual transmission are 20 mpg city/27 mpg highway, while the automatic is rated at 21 mpg city/29 mpg highway.

Safety
All Scion tC models have dual-stage front air bags; front seat-mounted side air bags; front and rear curtain side-impact air bags; driver's knee air bag; tire-pressure-monitoring system; 3-point seat belts in all five seating positions; headrests; 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS and a 2-step brake booster; and a first-aid kit. In crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2008 Scion tC received a 5-star rating for driver front crash protection and a 4-star rating for the front passenger in frontal collisions. NHTSA did not rate the Scion tC for side crash tests. In rollover testing, the tC earned a 4-star rating.

Technology
Apple iPod connectivity is standard on all 2008 Scion tC models, as is a Pioneer maximum output AM/FM/CD audio system with 6 speakers (including two tweeters and a speaker in each door panel). The system features a head unit with iPod control to integrate track, artist and album information into a one-line head-unit display. Music is controlled through the head unit and steering wheel audio controls. A mini-jack port is also standard, along with rear head unit outputs to allow for the addition of external amps to boost power. An optional premium sound system allows buyers to download images, video clips and movies from Pioneer's Web site. The Pioneer software also gives consumers the ability to burn their own CDs with movies and images and upload them to the head unit. Both the standard and premium audio systems feature MP3 and WMA capability; customizable welcome screen; satellite radio capability; and three pre-set equalizer settings.

What Changed for 2008:

  • Exterior styling changes

  • Upgraded audio system

  • Two new exterior colors

  • iPod connectivity standard

  • Standard moonroof with panoramic power glass

  • Standard anti-lock brakes (ABS)
Overview
The Scion tC, a front-wheel-drive, 2-door hatchback coupe, carries some exterior styling changes for 2008: new upper mesh grille, lattice lower grille, and projector-type lower beam headlights with black trim. Refinements in the interior include silver-colored accents on door assist grips and center console, updated fabrics, and an upgraded audio system.

Model Lineup
The 2008 Scion tC hatchback coupe is available in its basic form with either manual or automatic transmission, or in Spec trim (containing less equipment) in manual or automatic transmission. The basic tC coupe comes standard with manual transmission or optional electronically controlled 4-speed automatic transmission; 17-inch alloy wheels; air conditioning; cruise control; rear-window defogger; front sport bucket seats with driver's side thigh and height adjustments; reclining 60/40 split-folding rear seat; center console with LCD display showing external temperature; seven fan speeds and a clock; exterior mirror with integrated turn signal lights; power mirrors and door locks; tonneau cover for rear cargo area; jam protection in power up/down windows; multi-function remote keyless entry with panic mode and engine immobilizer features; auto-off headlamps; electric hatch release; chrome-plated exhaust tip; and unique audio control cover. In addition, new seat fabrics and two new exterior colors are available: Azure Pearl and Black Cherry Pearl. All Scion tC models provide free 5,000-mile and 10,000-mile factory-recommended maintenance services, to be performed at authorized Toyota or Scion dealerships. The 2008 tC carries a 3-year/36,000-mile basic new-vehicle limited warranty. An additional 60-month warranty covers the vehicle's powertrain for 60,000 miles and corrosion with no mileage limitation.

Toyota Racing Development and Scion Genuine Accessories are sources for performance-related and customizing items like spoilers, ground effects, appliqus, and mud guards. A Spec package is available from Scion, however, that strips the Scion tC (either manual or automatic transmission models) to bare bones for individual customization. The tC Spec package includes standard steel wheels; 7-spoke wheel covers; P205/55R15 tires; grille and headlight garnish; fixed-glass panoramic moonroof; urethane steering wheel; unique upholstery; and choice of four colors (compared to the standard tC's seven colors).

Powertrain
Power for the 2008 Scion tC comes from a 2.4-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine with variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i). coupeed to a 5-speed manual transmission, the powertrain delivers 161 hp at 6000 rpm and 162 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. An electronically controlled 4-speed automatic transmission is also available. Scion tC is certified as a California Air Resources Board (CARB) ultra low-emission vehicle (ULEV). EPA fuel economy estimates for the Scion tC equipped with manual transmission are 20 mpg city/27 mpg highway, while the automatic is rated at 21 mpg city/29 mpg highway.

Safety
All Scion tC models have dual-stage front air bags; front seat-mounted side air bags; front and rear curtain side-impact air bags; driver's knee air bag; tire-pressure-monitoring system; 3-point seat belts in all five seating positions; headrests; 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS and a 2-step brake booster; and a first-aid kit. In crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2008 Scion tC received a 5-star rating for driver front crash protection and a 4-star rating for the front passenger in frontal collisions. NHTSA did not rate the Scion tC for side crash tests. In rollover testing, the tC earned a 4-star rating.

Technology
Apple iPod connectivity is standard on all 2008 Scion tC models, as is a Pioneer maximum output AM/FM/CD audio system with 6 speakers (including two tweeters and a speaker in each door panel). The system features a head unit with iPod control to integrate track, artist and album information into a one-line head-unit display. Music is controlled through the head unit and steering wheel audio controls. A mini-jack port is also standard, along with rear head unit outputs to allow for the addition of external amps to boost power. An optional premium sound system allows buyers to download images, video clips and movies from Pioneer's Web site. The Pioneer software also gives consumers the ability to burn their own CDs with movies and images and upload them to the head unit. Both the standard and premium audio systems feature MP3 and WMA capability; customizable welcome screen; satellite radio capability; and three pre-set equalizer settings.
Available Trims for the 2008 Scion tC
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name Spec (2dr HB Man (Natl)) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 15300.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 20/27
Name Spec (2dr HB Man (GS)) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 15300.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 20/27
Name Spec (2dr HB Man (SE)) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 15300.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 20/27
Name 2dr HB Man (Natl) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 17000.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 20/27
Name 2dr HB Man (GS) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 17000.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 20/27
Name 2dr HB Man (SE) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 17000.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 20/27
Name Spec (2dr HB Auto (Natl)) Transmission Automatic MSRP 16100.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 21/29
Name Spec (2dr HB Auto (GS)) Transmission Automatic MSRP 16100.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 21/29
Name Spec (2dr HB Auto (SE)) Transmission Automatic MSRP 16100.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 21/29
Name 2dr HB Auto (Natl) Transmission Automatic MSRP 17800.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 21/29
Name 2dr HB Auto (GS) Transmission Automatic MSRP 17800.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 21/29
Name 2dr HB Auto (SE) Transmission Automatic MSRP 17800.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 21/29
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INTERIOR
  • Sport front bucket seats w/driver seat adjustable height & fully reclining sleeping feature
  • Reclining 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Fabric seat trim
  • Center console box w/cover
  • Tilt 3-spoke steering wheel
  • Instrumentation-inc: tachometer, trip meter
  • Outside temp gauge
  • Deep orange instrument panel illumination
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Dual pwr outlets
  • Pwr windows w/driver side one-touch auto-down
  • Pwr door locks
  • Remote keyless entry w/electronic rear hatch locking system
  • Air conditioning
  • Rear window defogger
  • 160-watt Pioneer AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player-inc: satellite radio controller, Sound Retouch digital equalization, Scion sound processing, (6) speakers, auxiliary audio input jack, customizable welcome screen
  • Rear fender-mounted antenna
  • Driver/front passenger visor vanity mirrors w/cover
  • Cargo cover
  • Cargo area under-floor storage
  • Sport front bucket seats w/driver seat adjustable height, thigh support & fully reclining sleeping feature
  • Drivers seat one-touch walk-in w/track & seat angle memory
  • Two-tiered center console box w/cover
  • Tilt 3-spoke steering wheel w/audio controls
  • Engine immobilizer
  • Pwr windows w/driver & front passenger one-touch auto up/down & jam protection
  • Cruise control
  • Pioneer subwoofer
EXTERIOR
  • Panoramic fixed roof glass w/dual manual sunshades
  • Halogen headlamps w/auto-off
  • Pwr side mirrors w/turn signal indicators
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Panorama moonroof w/pwr slide front glass panel & dual manual sunshades
MECHANICAL
  • 2.4L DOHC MPFI 16-valve VVT-i I4 engine
  • 5-speed manual transmission w/OD
  • Front wheel drive
  • Independent MacPherson strut front suspension
  • Independent double wishbone rear suspension
  • P205/55R16 all-season tires
  • Temporary spare tire
  • 16" x 6.5" steel wheels w/wheel covers
  • Pwr assisted rack & pinion steering
  • Front ventilated disc/rear solid disc brakes
  • Anti-lock brake system (ABS) w/electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD)
  • Chrome exhaust tip
  • P215/45ZR17 all-season tires
  • 17" x 7" 6-spoke aluminum wheels
  • 4-speed automatic transmission
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • Anti-lock brake system (ABS) w/electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD)
    • Driver & front passenger dual-stage airbags (SRS) -inc: passenger occupant sensor
    • Front seat mounted side airbags
    • Front & rear head curtain airbags
    • Driver knee airbag
    • Driver & front passenger 3-point seat belts w/pretensioners & force limiters
    • (3) 3-point rear seat belts
    • Child safety rear door locks
    • CRS top tether anchor brackets & lower anchor latches
    • First-aid kit
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