2011 Scion tC Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2011 Scion tC - Road Test Specs

2011 Scion tC Hatchback

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


Year Make Model2011 Scion tC (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
Vehicle TypeFWD 2dr 5-passenger Hatchback
Base MSRP$19,995
Options on test vehicleCement Paint, EF Rear Bumper Applique ($58 est. -- includes clear polyurethane film with UV-resistant top coat)
As-tested MSRP$20,053 (est.)
Assembly locationTsutsumi, Japan
North American parts content (%)0


ConfigurationTransverse, front-engine, front-wheel drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, port-injected gasoline inline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2,494cc (152 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing and lift
Compression ratio (x:1)10.4
Redline, indicated (rpm)6,250
Fuel cutoff/rev limiter (rpm)N/A
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)180 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)173 @ 4,100
Fuel type87-octane recommended
Transmission typeSix-speed automatic with console shifter with manual-shift gate
Transmission ratios (x:1)1st = 3.300; 2nd = 1.900; 3rd = 1.420; 4th = 1.000; 5th = 0.713; 6th = 0.608
Final-drive ratio (x:1)3.815


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent double-wishbone, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-assist, speed-proportional, rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)14.8
Tire make and modelToyo Proxes A20
Tire typeAll-season (33 psi cold front; 30 psi cold rear)
Tire sizeP225/45R18 91W
Wheel size18-by-7.5 inches front and rear
Wheel materialCast aluminum
Brakes, front11.7-inch one-piece ventilated steel discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear11-inch one-piece solid steel discs with single-piston sliding calipers

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 @ 86.9
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.7
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)3.1
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)5.4
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)8.3
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)12.3
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)16.2 @ 85.8
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.9
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)31
60-0 mph (ft.)118
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)64.4
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON63.6
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.84
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.86
Sound level @ idle (dB)43.2
@ Full throttle (dB)74.7
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)68.8
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)2,100

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsWith traction control engaged, the tC pauses/stumbles off the line. Shutting off the traction control, the tC has enough torque and good enough tires to leave with some authority, but it cannot sustain it. Unremarkable acceleration from 2nd gear on up. Loud-ish intake/exhaust, quick/smooth upshifts, and we found it went slightly quicker when we allowed it to auto-upshift in the manual-shift gate. Sporty, just not a sports car.
Braking commentsReasonably flat and controlled, little ABS noise/vibration, medium-firm pedal.
Handling commentsSkid pad: With ESC off, the tC goes into a terminal understeer state where there's nothing for a driver to do about it. With ESC on, the car applies individual brakes to tuck the nose in and point it around the circle with slightly better results. Steering offered little-to-no useful information and felt like a spring. Slalom: With the tC's historical propensity for lift-throttle oversteer still intact, it's no wonder that ESC is now standard (and can only be defeated at a standstill by holding the button for 5 (?) seconds. Good thing because what starts out feeling sporty and competently controlled quickly devolves into a tricky situation where the rear can snap loose -- just as it did before. Leaving the now-standard ESC on is a good idea and only slows down the ultimate speed slightly. Least intrusive/most effective Toyota ESC we've tested.

Testing Conditions

Test date8/10/2010
Test locationAuto Club Speedway
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)70.5
Relative humidity (%)57.5
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.8
Wind (mph, direction)1.0, crosswind
Odometer (mi.)902
Fuel used for test87-octane gasoline
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)33/30

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)23 city/31 highway/ 26 combined (est.)
Edmunds observed (mpg)24 worst/24 best/24 average (276 miles)
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)14.5
Driving range (mi.)449.5

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo descriptionPioneer 160-watt AM/FM/CD head unit plus 140W two-channel amplifier and eight speakers
iPod/digital media compatibilityStandard iPod via USB jack
Satellite radioOptional
Hard-drive music storage capacity (Gb)Not available
Rear seat video and entertainmentNot available
Bluetooth phone connectivityOptional
Navigation systemOptional DVD
Telematics (OnStar, etc.)Not available
Smart entry/StartNot available
Parking aidsNot available
Blind-spot detectionNot available
Adaptive cruise controlNot available
Lane-departure monitoringNot available
Collision warning/avoidanceNot available
Night VisionNot available
Driver coaching displayStandard: instantaneous/average mpg, Eco lamp on I.P.

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,102
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,124
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)64/36
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
Step-in height, measured (in.)14.5
Trunk volume (cu-ft)34.5
Cargo loading height, measured (in.)28.9
Ground clearance (in.)6.3


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistanceNot available
Free scheduled maintenance5,000-mile and 10,000-mile intervals only

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