The 2008 Scion tC delivers on the promise of stylish and sporty transportation at affordable prices. A long list of options and accessories let owners personalize it. The Spec Series model, particularly, offers a good foundation for owners who want to customize its appearance or increase its performance capabilities.
NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent Jim McCraw is based in Dearborn, Michigan.
Model Line Overview
Scion tC Spec Series manual ($15,300); Spec Series automatic ($16,100); core series manual ($17,000); core series automatic ($17,800)
161-hp 2.4-liter dohc 16-valve inline-4
5-speed manual; 4-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):
front airbags, knee air bag; ABS, EBD, tire pressure monitor
Safety equipment (optional):
side-impact and roof airbags
3 years/36,000 miles
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Scion tC core series manual ($17,000)
air conditioning, power windows, power locks, power mirrors with integrated turn signals, power hatch release, audio cover, cargo cover, remote entry, engine immobilizer, AM-FM CD 6-speaker stereo, cruise control, panorama moonroof, chrome exhaust tip, 17-inch alloy wheels
Options as tested (MSRP):
side and roof air bags ($650)
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
2.4-liter dohc 16-valve inline-4
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
161 @ 6000
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
162 @ 4000
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
12.8 cu. ft.
independent, MacPherson strut, anti-roll bar
independent, double wishbone, anti-roll bar
disc/disc with ABS, EBD
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of May 31, 2007.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
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