2010 Scion tC

#Scion, #TC

The tC is no sports car, but it's definitely a sporty car with a lot of great qualities, including an impressive price, an excellent manual gearbox, a comfortable ride, good looks, nimble packaging, and large double sunroofs. The Volkswagen GTI or the Honda Civic Si would be superior track-day choices, especially considering their better steering and stronger engines, but as a daily driver, the tC is a more than respectable alternative.

Unless you have little kids, that is: The rear seats are spacious enough, but climbing back there to strap in a toddler is tricky. On the plus side, though, the flat-floored trunk, accessible through a hatchback, provided an easier way for me to extract my little one. (Does that make me a bad parent?)

If I were to buy a tC, I'd skip some of the options fitted to our test car, including the underdash lighting, the illuminated doorsills, and the boomy exhaust system. That overwhelmingly bassy stereo would have to go, too. I'd definitely opt for these supercool black wheels, though. Dream options like a turbocharged engine and a sixth gear (boy, is this thing ever revvy on the highway!) could bring the tC closer to King GTI.

All in all, the tC is my favorite current product that Toyota offers.

Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor

After reading all the Toyota's latest horrible recall information, I am hesitated to buy another Toyota. I was led down by the first Scion xB, and the tC is not doing enough to entice me back. There is currently no other comparable coupe for the price range (the Civic is economy car, not a sporty coupe and the SI is overpriced), but I am moving up to the Genesis coupe 2.0 T. That 210 hp feels much more substantial compared to this tC. And Korean cars are getting better, while Toyota, the mother of Scion, are getting more and more bad coverage for their questionable build quality these days.
@FacelessSounds like you have long legs and arms that allow you to sit with the seat pushed farther back, so you're under a higher section of the sloping roof. Maybe McCausland has a proportionally taller torso and shorter limbs--I can imagine how someone shorter could have a harder time getting comfortable in a car without a telescoping steering wheel than a taller person.
I have a 2009 Scion tC that is virtually identical. Having driven it 20K miles so far, generally I have to agree that it's a nice car. However, a couple of your comments are weird. First, Zenlea especially likes the interior, whereas to me the interior absolutely screams "CHEAP!" The upholstery is this slick stuff that reminds me of doubleknit. Eccch! I also find McCausland's comment odd (saying that at 5'-10" he can't fit), because I'm 6'-4" and actually bought the car because I fit so well in it.

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