Formerly the nonboxy car in the Scion lineup, for 2011 the tC gets some angles. The tC is a coupe design with a hatchback, laid out with front engine and front-wheel drive.

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Where the previous generation tC used a sleek look, the new one is more beefy, with some elements of American muscle car. The front looks particularly aggressive.

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The engine is the same as that in the four-cylinder Camry, a 2.5-liter inline four with variable valve timing. In the tC, it makes 180 horsepower, which tends to screech the front wheels.

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Scion puts good-looking wheels on the tC standard, and fits it with disc brakes all around.

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The roof on the 2011 tC rises up a little higher in the back than previously, giving rear seat passengers head room. But the front roof rails are low enough to cause frequent forehead bruising.

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Although not a superstar, the tC handles reasonably well due to a double wishbone suspension at the rear, MacPherson struts up front, and antisway bars all around.

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The hatchback and fold-down seats afford a surprising amount of cargo space.

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We easily fit a number of bins and bags in the back, which represents the typical worldly possessions of your average college student.

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Hard plastics cover much of the cabin, giving it a cheap feeling. One of the best things about the tC is that the cabin tech can easily be upgraded.

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Scion fits the 2011 tC with a flat-bottom steering wheel, a funny little feature sporting pretension.

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Deep wells help prevent glare on the gauges.

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The six-speed manual has a short throw, but it lacks the preciseness found in competitor's transmissions.

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Audio controls on the steering wheel spoke make it easy to adjust the volume.

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The base stereo is this Pioneer head unit, which has a single CD slot, FM and AM, and a USB port. It is very easy to pull the stereo and substitute a better one.

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An array of three speakers is molded into each door. But this large amount of speakers does not mean good-quality sound. We were underwhelmed by the mids and highs.

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