Consumer Reviews Summary
9 of 9 (100%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2013 Scion tC Overview
Scion redesigned its five-seat sport coupe for 2011 and hasn’t changed much since then. A new BeSpoke audio system is the major change for 2013 and adds HD Radio, Bluetooth connectivity, iTunes tagging and Pandora internet radio through an iPhone. The new system also uses the BeSpoke iPhone application, which offers the use of apps like Facebook, Twitter, and Yelp. A limited edition tC Release Series 8.0 includes many exclusive features that distinguish from the standard model. Production of the RS 8.0 is limited to 2,000 cars.
Outside, the hatchback tC emphasizes its “coupe-ness” with a raked windshield, fastback design, and the rear side windows. Standard features include blacked-out windshield pillars, 18-inch alloy wheels, and a chrome exhaust tip. The RS 8.0 sports a five-piece body kit – front and rear lower valances, side skirts and rear spoiler – a special red paint scheme with gloss black side view mirrors, black 18-inch wheels and front fog lights. Both models offer the option of 19-inch alloy wheels.
Powering the tC is a 180-horsepower, 2.5-liter, inline four-cylinder engine producing 173 pounds-feet of torque and mated to either a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic transmission driving the front wheels. When equipped with the auto trans, the tC RS 8.0 adds paddle shifters. Regardless of transmission choice, the tC returns estimated fuel economy of 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.
Standard features inside the tC include air conditioning, power locks, windows and side mirrors, cruise control, USB port and auxiliary input jack to connect a music player, and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel with controls for the audio system. A front moonroof and rear skylight are also standard. Options on tap include navigation system, auto-dimming rearview mirror and leather upholstery. The RS 8.0 gets sporty seats with red stitching that also adorns the leather-wrapped steering wheel. A numbered dash plaque identifies the RS 8.0.
As with its Toyota cousins, the tC features a full complement of safety features. Standard equipment includes stability and traction control, antilock brakes with electronic brake force distribution and emergency braking assist, and active front head restraints. Inside are eight airbags: front, front side-impact, side-curtain, driver and passenger knee units. The tC was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.