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2015 Scion tC Spin Around the Block

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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.

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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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See Also: 2014 Scion tC Review & Test Drive

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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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Copyright: 2015


  • Price: As-Tested $19,980 including a $770.00 delivery and handling fee.
  • Vehicle layout: Front-engine, FWD, 5-pass, 2-door sport hatchback/coupe (really one of a kind)
  • Engine: 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve inline-4-cylinder 179 horsepower @ 6000 rpm / 172 lb-ft @ 4,100 rpm
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual
  • Curb weight: 3,113 lbs.
  • Wheelbase: 106.3 in.
  • Length x width x height: 176.6 x 70.7 x 55.7 in.
  • Headroom (f/r): 37.7 in. / 36.4 in.
  • Legroom (f/r): 41.8 in. / 34.6 in.
  • 0-60 mph: 7.3 sec
  • EPA city/hwy fuel econ: 23 mpg / 31 mpg
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 14.5 gallons

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