2016 scion tc Model Overview
New for 2016
New standard equipment on the 2016 Scion tC includes keyless entry and start, a rear window wiper, and a Pioneer audio system with a seven-inch touchscreen.
The 2016 Scion tC is a compact front-drive coupe with a hatchback that slots below the sportier rear-drive FR-S in the lineup.
The 2016 tC is powered by a 2.5-liter I-4 rated at 179 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque, and it can be paired to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Regardless of the transmission choice, the tC isn’t very fuel efficient for its size, at an EPA-rated 23/31 mpg city/highway.
Passenger space up front and in the back is generous with plenty of room for four adults. The second row also reclines to give rear seat passengers an extra level of comfort. Cargo space is generous for a coupe at 14.7 cubic feet due to the car’s hatchback and it can be expanded via the split-folding second row.
Standard safety features include dual front, front-side, and side curtain airbags.
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
Like all Scions, the tC comes in a single model grade and has plenty of standard equipment including Bluetooth connectivity, a Pioneer audio system with a seven-inch touchscreen, 18-inch alloy wheels, a USB port, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, and a panoramic sunroof.
Features such as navigation, remote start, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror are dealer-installed accessories. Personalization options are extensive thanks to Scion offering an array of accessories that are dealer-installed. Performance accessories include a TRD parts such as an exhaust, lowering springs, a cold air intake, front strut tie brace, 19-inch alloy wheels, and air filter. Other customization options include two types of rear spoilers, body graphics, fog lights, and a leather-wrapped shift knob.
What We Think
The 2016 tC isn’t especially sporty; however, it does offer plenty of space, making it more practical than most coupes. In a comparison test that also included the Honda CR-Z, Fiat 500, Hyundai Veloster, Volkswagen Beetle, and Mini Hardtop, the tC placed last due to its poor driving dynamics. While the car has a lot of power on tap, we noted that the car had slow steering, and was sloppy around corners. Additionally, the interior wasn’t very quiet, with plenty of exterior noise, particularly from the tires, penetrating the cabin. In a 2011 First Test review, we noted that the front and rear seats proved comfortable for long drives. However, the ride was harsh, with the car’s rear end bouncing around too much over bumps. Body roll also proved to be an issue when driving through twisty roads despite the 18-inch wheels and tires providing respectable grip.
- Spacious interior
- Comfortable seating for four
- Comes with plenty of standard equipment
You Won’t Like:
- Isn’t very sporty
- Harsh ride
- Subpar build quality