2011 Scion tC Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2011 Scion tC - Road Test Specs

2011 Scion tC Hatchback

(2.5L 4-cyl. 6-speed Automatic)


Model year2011
Style2dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
Base MSRP$19,275
Options on test vehicleNone
As-tested MSRP$19,995


Drive typeFront-wheel Drive
Engine typeInline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2,494cc (152 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)10.4
Redline (rpm)6,250
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)180 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)173 @ 4,100
Fuel typeRegular unleaded
Transmission typeSix-speed automatic
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I=3.300; II=1.900; III=1.420; IV=1.000; V=0.713; VI=0.608; R=4.148; Final=3.815


Suspension, frontMacPherson strut
Suspension, rearDouble wishbone
Steering typeElectric power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)14.8
Tire brandToyo
Tire modelProxes A20
Tire typeAll-season front and rear
Tire size, frontP225/45R18 91W
Tire size, rearP225/45R18 91W
Wheel size18-by-7.5 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearDisc

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.9
0-45 mph (sec.)5.2
0-60 mph (sec.)8.0
0-75 mph (sec.)11.9
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.0
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)86.9
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)31
60-0 mph (ft.)118
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)ESC off 64.4; ESC on 63.6
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)ESC off 0.84; ESC on 0.86
Sound level @ idle (dB)43.2
@ Full throttle (dB)74.7
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)68.8

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsReasonable amount of torque means the car stumbles off the line with traction control on. With it off, the tC leaves with authority, but can't maintain it. Loud-ish engine/exhaust, quick-smooth upshifts, and it went slightly quicker when allowed to auto-upshift in manual mode. Sporty, but not a sports car.
Braking commentsReasonably flat, always straight and with little noise or tire grind. Medium-hard pedal.
Handling commentsWith ESC off on the skid pad, the tC goes into terminal understeer state where there's nothing for a driver to do about it. With ESC on, a single brake application tucks nose in for slightly better result. Steering offers little to no info. Feels like a spring. With the tC's propensity for dramatic lift-throttle oversteer still intact, it's no wonder ESC is now standard (and can only be defeated at standstill with a lengthy button hold. Good thing, because what starts out feeling sporty and controlled quickly turns into a tricky situation where the rear snaps loose. Leave ESC on and it dabs brakes for safety.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)70.5
Relative humidity (%)57.5
Wind (mph, direction)1.0 cross

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)23 city/31 highway/26 combined
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)14.5

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,102
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,124
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)63.6/36.4
Length (in.)174.0
Width (in.)70.7
Height (in.)55.7
Wheelbase (in.)106.3
Track, front (in.)60.6
Track, rear (in.)61.4
Turning circle (ft.)37.4
Legroom, front (in.)41.8
Legroom, rear (in.)34.6
Headroom, front (in.)37.7
Headroom, rear (in.)36.4
Shoulder room, front (in.)55.4
Shoulder room, rear (in.)52.1
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)34.5


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Free scheduled maintenance10,000 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsDual front
Head airbagsFront and rear
Knee airbagsDual front
Antilock brakesFour-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlTraction control
Stability controlStability control
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested
IIHS offsetNot tested

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