Seat Time: 2014 Scion tC

June 27th, 2014 at 2:35pm

2014 Scion tC

Seat Time is a chance for us to share our impressions of vehicles being tested in the Autoline Garage and at media previews from around the globe.

Reviewer: Seamus McElroy
Manufacturer: Toyota
Make: Scion
Model: tC
Type: 2-door coupe
Competitors: Hyundai Veloster, Subaru BRZ, Scion FR-S, Honda CR-Z
Price: Base Automatic = $20,965. As Tested = $23,166
Made in: Tsutsumi, Japan
Drivetrain: 2.5L 4-cylinder w/ 6-speed automatic transmission
EPA Ratings: 23MPG city/31MPG highway. Observed – 26MPG

Final Impression:

2014 Scion tC interiorWhile the FR-S is the car that’s been getting all the attention in Scion’s line-up lately, the tC is actually the best selling model for the company. Through May Scion has sold over 7,800 tC’s, a gain of nearly 10% compared to last year while sales of the FR-S have plunged 21%, to a little over 6,500 units.

Perhaps that’s due to the “newness” of the FR-S wearing off or maybe customers are realizing that the tC offers a better everyday driving experience. While it doesn’t have the performance of a FR-S, the tC is still a fun, sporty car to drive and is much more comfortable to ride in during your normal driving routine. The FR-S is good for a day out on the track but it can be kind of a harsh ride out on the road.

Inside, the tC is nice and what you would expect from a vehicle in its price range. I found that the seats were comfortable and I thought that the radio and climate controls were well laid out and easy to use. The tC also offers a little more versatility with a second row for passengers but good luck trying to squeeze back there. Because of the placement of some of the pillars and a low seating position I thought that the tC would have benefited from a back-up camera which is not offered.

So if you’re trying to decide between an FR-S and a tC and all you want is performance, I would say go with the FR-S but if you want something you can drive in comfortably everyday plus still get some sporty driving, I would stick with the tC. Plus you’ll save about $5,000.


One Comment to “Seat Time: 2014 Scion tC”

  1. Terry Says:

    If the FRS has to go I would love Scion/Toyota to give the tC a bigger push in terms of better quality (example: ride quality, engine options) and maybe even some more interior & exterior styling, better mateials etc. Making it an even better value than it already is. Just a thought. Keep up the good work Autoline. ~Terry