2014 Scion tC

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$19,210-$22,440
$18,249-$21,318
23 CITY / 31 HWY
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Overview

What's New for 2014:
  • Restyled exterior
  • New wheel design
  • Revised interior
  • Standard touch-screen radio
  • New premium audio system option
  • Automatic transmission shifts faster, matches revs on downshifts
  • Modified steering and suspension tuning for improved dynamics

Introduction
The 2014 Scion tC is a 4-passenger sports coupe equipped with folding rear seats and a hatchback for added practicality. With a starting price of under $20,000, the tC has a short list of direct competitors, including the Honda Civic Coupe, Hyundai Elantra Coupe, and Kia Forte Koup.

Models and Features
Scion equips every 2014 tC with a comprehensive list of features that includes 18-inch aluminum wheels, panoramic glass roof with a power sunroof, and, for 2014, a color touch-screen audio system with a 6.1-inch display, HD Radio, Bluetooth hands-free calling and music streaming, USB port, and an auxiliary audio input jack.

Additionally, the tC includes standard air conditioning, power windows, power mirrors, power door locks, remote keyless entry, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel wrapped in leather, and cruise control. The exterior features LED accent lights up front, LED brake lights in back, and LED turn signal indicators on the side mirror housings.

Options and Packages
Aside from the premium BeSpoke audio system, which includes Aha Radio access, social media apps, and a navigation system, the Scion tC's options are installed by the dealership. They include numerous performance enhancements from the Toyota Racing Development catalog, including lowering springs, a front strut brace, performance exhaust system, and 19-inch aluminum wheels. Cosmetic upgrades for the exterior and interior are also optional, and the tC is available with remote engine starting, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, security system, and more.

Under the Hood
Every Scion tC is equipped with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine generating 179 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 172 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,100 rpm. The 3,082-lb. car is equipped with a 6-speed manual gearbox driving the front wheels. A 6-speed automatic transmission is optional, and is improved for 2014 with quicker shifts and Dynamic Rev Management, which automatically blips the throttle to match revs when the car downshifts.

Fuel Economy
No matter which transmission the buyer selects, the Scion tC gets 26 mpg in the city, 31 mpg on the highway, and 26 mpg in combined driving, according to the EPA.

Safety Ratings and Technology
Aside from a standard first aid kit and knee air bags for the driver and front-seat passenger, the 2014 Scion tC's safety features list is a common one. The car is, however, equipped with Smart Stop technology designed to prevent the tC from accidentally accelerating while the brake pedal is pressed.

In crash tests performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2014 tC receives a 5-star (out of 5 stars) overall rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not rated this car's crash protection as this overview is written.

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