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.
The exterior refresh is really the biggest news for the 2014 Scion tC and while the car is shaped very similarly to the 2013 models, the changes to the front and rear go a very long way in making the newest model year tC so sporty. The second generation tC which was introduced for the 2011 model year was substantially sportier and far less rounded than the 2005-2010 tC but the 2014 model year refresh takes the aggressive nature of the front drive Scion sport coupe to the next level both in the front and out back.
The new front end of the 2014 Scion tC is the star of this show as the angry face of the tC makes it one of the most aggressive looking cars in the segment. The large central grille area has a far sportier look with sharply chiseled headlights mounted on both side of the angular front fascia. The lower portion of the front fascia is widened with the fog light bezels mounted towards the outer corners and an integrated splitter design molded into the chin area of the front end. The angular headlights flanking the massive central grille opening make for a much sportier face but the basic shape of the front fascia with the accentuated flare towards the bottom really makes this new tC look more like a sport compact wearing an aftermarket body kit.