The 2014 Scion tC delivers a strong power-train and a well-sorted suspension on a budget, leaving it to the driver to add most of the tech via the aftermarket.
Because of its size, the 2014 Scion iQ makes for an exceptional city car, and its cabin electronics will satisfy most, but put it at the bottom of the list as a long-distance road trip car.
The 2013 Scion FR-S is a fun sports car, excellent in the turns but lacking big thrust, while the cabin tech upgrade looks intriguing for iPhone users.
With its compact size, the 2012 Scion iQ is excellent for cities, offering easy parking and good drivability. But harsh engine noise will make longer trips uncomfortable.
Although it has a striking design and is an easy driver, the 2011 Scion xB lags far behind tech trends in both its power train and its cabin electronics.
The 2011 Scion tC's tech, both cabin and drive train, lags behind similarly priced competition, but the car is a solid platform to upgrade.
Although Scion offers some interesting options for the 2010 xD, the car's aftermarket friendliness suggests getting a base model and customizing it with aftermarket tech.
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Scion's new concept hints that the automaker is bringing the European Auris to the North American market.
Though it came first, the Scion tC plays second fiddle to the hot, new FR-S. However, this refreshed 2014 model does boast a few advantages over her younger sibling.
The 115th annual New York auto show starts next week -- we'll see new cars from McLaren and Cadillac, not to mention exciting updates, from a hybrid Toyota RAV4 to a new Nissan Maxima.