A stylish and economical value; superb front seats; sporty handling; numerous customization options; torquey engine; good legroom
The 2010 tC is offered in only one trim, and is available with either a manual or automatic transmission. The Scion brand, aimed directly at younger buyers, offers simplified ordering, with a long standard-equipment list, and extensive accessory availability. This makes the entry price low, at only $17,000, and customization easy.
The 2010 Scion tC is powered by a sporty 2.4L 4-cylinder engine with Variable Valve Timing with intelligence technology. This helps the engine produce 161 horsepower and 162 foot-pounds of torque. It comes mated to either a standard 5-speed manual or an optional 4-speed automatic transmission. Four-wheel independent suspension with double wishbone in back helps provide responsive handling.
As in previous model years, the 2010 Scion tC offers a range of comfort and convenience features compared to other sporty coupes in its price range. Standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, a dual-pane sunroof, air-conditioning, split-folding and reclining rear seats, keyless entry, cruise control, full power accessories with one-touch up/down windows and a Pioneer CD stereo with an auxiliary input jack and iPod integration.
Standard safety equipment includes front seat-mounted side airbags, a driver's knee airbag, and side-curtain airbags that extend to front and rear occupants. Four-wheel antilock disc brakes are also standard, along with electronic brake-force distribution.
A range of options are geared toward customization and include various wheel, trim, and appearance add-ons, along with an upgraded in-dash navigation system and a premium sound system.
Most noteworthy is the Toyota Racing Development (TRD) line of performance equipment, including suspension kits, a high-performance clutch, quick-shift kit, and sportier-sounding exhaust system.
For 2010, the sporty Scion tC is little changed from 2009. For exterior colors, Nautical Blue Metallic replaces Blue Ribbon Metallic.
Launched in 2005, the 2010 Scion tC is the only coupe in the Scion lineup for the model year. The 2010 tC is aimed squarely at 20-something buyers, with its sporty yet economical performance and an appearance.
With a relatively long-for-its-class 106.3-inch wheelbase, the 2010 tC provides surprisingly good legroom for rear passengers. A cockpit-like design is highlighted by seats that are snug and bolstered firmly in place. With the backseat down, the 2010 Scion tC offers almost 35 cubic feet of cargo space, a rarity for the small car class. Throughout the rest of the interior, the tC has numerous storage spaces, including a 2-tiered center console and CD and cell phone holders.
In frontal crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the tC earned a perfect five stars for driver protection, four stars for passenger protection, and another five stars for side-impact crashes involving both front and rear passengers.
Numerous after-market options are available. MSRP starts at $17,000, and with the manual transmission, mileage is 20 mpg city / 27 mpg highway.
Vehicle Price: 17,820.00
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