Review: 2011 Scion TC

The last time Motor Trend tested a Scion tC—2011—we came away less than impressed with its middling performance—and that the manual-equipped test car we got came with more than 7,000 tough miles on the odometer. In 2014 the tC received a refresh that gave it a new front fascia, new 18-inch alloy wheels, additional spot welds, a retuned electric power steering system, revised stabilizers and shock absorbers, a reprogrammed automatic transmission with downshift rev-matching and quicker shifts, and redesigned taillights. To see if these changes improved the tC, we spent some time with a 2016 model equipped with the optional automatic gearbox. Finally and unfortunately, this will be the last test for the tC, as the car will be discontinued in August 2016 and killed off along with the Scion brand.

Stepping inside the 2016 tC, the first thing you’ll find is a simple interior layout with a standard 7-inch infotainment touchscreen that’s new for 2016 but lacks a rearview camera. Build quality is a tC weak point; the plastics inside the cabin are hard and brittle. A number of areas in the cabin also have rattles, including the driver’s side A-pillar, the panoramic moonroof, and the dashboard.

Read about the final special-edition Scion tC  RIGHT HERE.