The youth car culture has been very active for the last 10 years and Scion has been Toyota’s youth marketed brand since 2002. The TC has been around since 2004 and is now in its second generation. So is the TC a good choice for the youth car culture or just the young at heart? Let’s find out.
Kids love hatchbacks and the Scion doesn’t disappoint. The newest TC shape looks a bit more current and sleek than the last generation, but you can still see the family resemblance.
The ventilation controls are pretty straight forward and easy to operate, but that’s not the story with the audio system. Any one over the age of 40 will most likely have a hard time programming the stations and perhaps even reading the buttons as the print is quite small.
The system is controlled by a knob and selector combo that is a bit tricky to master. Of course if you are in the TC’s target market age group, it’ll be as easy as jumping on the Wii and learning your favorite new game.
The panoramic glass moon roof is pretty cool and gives light to both the front and rear passengers. If you look at it from above the car you don’t even notice it because it is blacked out to avoid excessive sun rays on the passengers.
The TC is powered by a 4 cylinder dual overhead cam engine making 180 horsepower and 173 lb. ft. of torque. Zero to 60 is reached in 8.3 seconds in the automatic and a much quicker 7.6 seconds in the manual.
You can expect to average 26 mpg overall with 23 mpg in the city and up to 31 on the highway. That should take you at least 333 miles between fill-ups.
All Scion TC’s start out at $19,995. My test car came equipped with the $449 Alpine stereo, $299 Blue Tooth Phone Connection, $449 XM Radio Kit $55 Rear Bumper Applique and $ Carpeted Floor Mats plus destination and with all that, you are out of the dealer lot having spent $21,417
Safety is top notch in the TC with 10 airbags and stop assist as standard equipment. Maintenance shouldn’t be much of an issue for quite some time in the TC as Scion takes care of the major 5,000 and 10,000 mile services on their dime.
There is a whole new youth car culture these days revolving around customizing Scions and other Japanese, Korean, and German imports. Scion has you covered right on their website and you can customize your TC with a $444 rear spoiler and an $1195 four piece aero kit to make yours stand out from the crowd.
Of course there are many other ways to customize your Scion such as remote start for $529, 17″ wheels for $2199, lowering springs for $399 and a premium audio & navigation unit for $1195. There are actually a total of 42 options for customizing your Scion TC on Toyota’s Scion website. It’s all about individuality for Scion and that’s good news for anyone looking to truly make their ride stand out and reflect their own unique personality.
So with a reasonable sub $20,000 starting price and 42 options for making the TC truly your own creation, I think this Scion offers a lot of car for anyone looking for a safe, reliable and customizable coupe.