I had the chance to spend a little time in the 2015 Scion tC equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission. In expected fashion, the 6-speed manual adds a bit of excitement. However, the Scion tC remains to be a mixed bag when you factor in the hard-plastic-derived interior, loud road and wind noise at cruising speeds, and uninspiring chassis dynamics. These traits are even more evident when you consider that you can get the thrilling 200-horsepower rear-wheel-drive Scion FR-S from the same brand with a better overall package but at the expense of a slightly higher price and less interior room.
To the latest tC’s benefit, the exterior has handled its age well with several Series trim-offsets. The Scion tC becomes due for a redesign next year possibly to address some of these shortcomings. No word on the next Scion tC retaining its decently-powered 179-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine.
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For the as-tested price of $19,980, EPA-estimated 23 mpg city, 31 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined, the 2015 Scion tC is still a considerable buy for those who don’t bet on its sporty looks matching the undistinguished front-wheel-drive subtleties.
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