2014 Scion tC Review: Aggressive Styling Inside and Out Makes a Better Sport Compact
While I prefer rear wheel drive sports cars like the Scion FR-S, Ive enjoyed previous stints behind the wheel of the front wheel drive Scion tC. Since being introduced back in 2005, the tC has offered a mix of sporty driving, solid fuel economy and a low purchase price – making for one of the best overall sporty cars in America but even with the new generation that was introduced for the 2011 model year, the tC still looked a bit too friendly. The first generation was downright cuddly in terms of exterior design and the harder lines of the second generation were a big step in the right direction but it still lacked that special something to make it stand out in the segment. The 2014 model year facelift is that special something and thanks to the aggressive new look, the tC finally has a look that matches its attitude.
The 2014 Scion tC comes very nicely equipped with a base price of $19,965 (including destination) and you can have all of the fun of that the tC has to offer for that low price. However, if you want a sportier look and an improved sound system Scion has an impressively long list of options that can make your tC fit your tastes. My test car was equipped with the TRD Performance Exhaust system ($699), 19” TRD wheels ($2,199), a high profile rear lip spoiler ($444), illuminated door sills ($375), carpeted floor mats ($184) and the BeSpoke sound system that adds premium sound, navigation and hands-free phone control for $1,198. All said and done, my test car priced out at $25,064 with all of those options above.