Car Review: 2005 Scion tC

PHOTO (select to view enlarged photo)

PHOTO (select to view enlarged photo)

PHOTO (select to view enlarged photo)

PHOTO (select to view enlarged photo)

By Autoline Detroit

Scionís newest entry, the tC, is an interesting car in several respects. Itís the first model exclusively designed as a Scionóthe other two, the xB and xA, were Toyota models for the Japanese market that were rebranded as Scions. And they brought this model to market in record time. Toyota claims the tC was developed in only 13 months. Typically, automakers take about 24 months.

Even though it looks like a compact car, the tC sits on a wheelbase thatís 106.3 inches long. And with a width of 69.1 inches, itís wider than most cars in its class. And surprise, itís actually a hatchback! Not only do the split rear seats fold down, the seat backs recline quite a bit.

Scion went all out to make this feel like a more premium car. The well-bolstered seats use a woven fabric. The dash and upper door panels use a material meant to evoke the texture of Japanese paper. The temperature controls are made of cast aluminum, and metallic type trim is used on the center console and instrument gauges. Interestingly, at night these gauges completely change appearance with a red glow.

Itís powered by a 2.4 liter 4-cylinder engine with 160 horsepower and 163 foot pounds of torque. If thatís not enough for you a dealer installed supercharger is available. The engine is mated to either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic, and ta-da!, the automatic gets slightly better fuel economy.

The tC starts at $16,465 including destination charges. Part of the standard equipment includes this unique sunroof that incorporates a separate fixed-glass roof panel. Other standard equipment includes air conditioning, a 160 watt sound system with 6 speakers, cruise control and a whole bunch more.

The Scion brand is already off to a strong start and the tC looks like it will give this brand new brand a lot more momentum.

And thatís Autoline Detroitís sneak peek of the Scion tC.

Get complete specifications on these vehicles:

Complete specifications on these and other vehicles are available at the New Car Buyers Guide!

Home | Buyers Guides For Every Auto Make | New Car Buyers Guide | Used Car Super Search | Total New Car Costs | 2016-1993 Car Reviews Truck Reviews
1996-2016 Automotive News | TACH-TV | Media Library | Discount Auto Parts

Copyright © 1996-2016 The Auto Channel. Contact Information, Credits, and Terms of Use. These following titles and media identification are Trademarks owned by The Auto Channel, LLC and have been in continuous use since 1987 : The Auto Channel, Auto Channel and TACH all have been in continuous use world wide since 1987, in Print, TV, Radio, Home Video, Newsletters, On-line, and other interactive media; all rights are reserved and infringement will be acted upon with force.

Privacy Statement | Size Does Matter | Media Kit | XML SITE MAP | Affiliates

Send your questions, comments, and suggestions to

Submit Company releases or Product News stories to
Place copy in body of email, NO attachments please.

To report errors and other problems with this page, please use this form.

Link to this page: