The tC is a fun package right out of the box -- and it's easy to see why it's a tuner favorite. Some of the interior materials are a slight letdown, but in sum, this Scion offers a lot for the money. Base price for the 6-speed manual is $18,995 (with destination; the automatic adds $1000) and that includes eighteen-inch alloys and the panoramic sunroof. In fact, the only big omission is Bluetooth audio, which is a dealer-installed accessory, and its availability depends on which stereo you've selected.
*BLUETOOTH RANT BEGIN*
Perhaps the same Toyota engineers responsible for the ancient LED clock and the unusable Alpine head unit were also the ones who decided that Bluetooth wouldn't come standard. After all, California and Florida are Scion's biggest markets. California requires the use of a hands-free device, and such a law is pending in Florida's senate. Why force customers to make use of the tC's airbags and crumple zones instead of equipping the car with Bluetooth for, what, $25? This car's average buyer is 26 years old. When was the last time you saw a 26-year-old driving while *not* on the phone? Let's teach these kids to be safe, allright? Oh, and move that damn USB port to the glovebox so they can't futz with their iPhones while driving, either. Putting the USB port out of view also solves the other problem of having to disconnect and hide a USB stick or iPod to avoid grabbing the attention of thieves. See? Was that so difficult?
*BLUETOOTH RANT END*
Um, yeah, as I was saying. tC = cute little car. Fun little car. Funner than before, actually. Better-looking, too. Faster, also. More efficient, even. And only marginally more expensive. Looks like Scion dealers have something to keep them busy until the totally awesome, totally different iQ comes out later this year.