2013 New York Auto Show: 2014 Scion tC
2013 New York Auto Show
What Is It?
2014 Scion tC
What's Special About It?
Anyone who thinks that the introduction of the Scion FR-S meant the death of the tC is delusional. The current tC starts around $19,000 and represents some 40 percent of all Scion sales. It also has the distinction of having the youngest average buyer age: 28.
Considering the tC's sales success for the brand, you can understand why the 2014 Scion tC doesn't mess with the system much. The front fascia is new, FR-S-inspired and features a gaping maw and Prius C-inspired headlamps.
Behind those new lights, the old 2.5-liter four-cylinder makes 179 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and feeds that power to the front wheels via a six-speed manual or an updated six-speed automatic. Close followers of the Scion tC will notice that this is 1 hp less than the 180 currently offered. Now, however, the six-speed automatic is "FR-S-inspired" and features Dynamic Rev Management (auto rev matching on downshifts) and can change gears "nearly twice as fast."
The interior on the 2014 Scion tC has also been updated including new materials, a standard 6.1-inch touchscreen audio system, auto up/down driver's window, auto-off headlights and a new lighter-colored fabric for the seats and headliner!
What Edmunds Says:
The 2014 Scion tC is slightly better-looking and gets some minor interior tweaks. It's still reliable, inexpensive and cooler than borrowing mom's car.
Base Price: $19,000 (est.)
Engine: 2.5-liter four-cylinder
Gearbox: Six-speed automatic
Power: 179 horsepower at 6,000 rpm
Fuel Mileage: N/A