The front-wheel-drive 2016 Scion tC comes in one trim level from the factory. Buyers can choose to equip it with a choice of a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed sequential sport automatic transmission. It includes paddle shifters and Dynamic Rev Management, which blips the throttle to make downshifts smoother and more efficient.
Power for the tC comes from a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine with dual variable valve timing. The unit produces 180 hp and 173 ft-lb of torque, making plenty of power at the first stomp of the gas pedal. However, this power does not come at the cost of strong fuel economy, as the Scion tC is rated at 31 mpg on the highway.
The tC benefits from MacPherson front, while the rear utilizes an independent double- wishbone system. Steering is quick thanks to electronically assisted rack-and-pinion power steering.
Standard features include 18-inch gray metallic alloy wheels, power mirrors, windows and locks, a tilt/telescopic steering wheel with audio and cruise controls, sport seats, a 60/40 split folding rear seat, keyless entry, panoramic power moonroof, Bluetooth and an 8-speaker, touchscreen Pioneer audio system with USB port and iPod connectivity.
The accessories list is extensive and includes body graphics, rear spoiler, door sill accents, remote start, TRD performance accessories and BeSpoke premium audio.
Safety is paramount in the tC, with advanced front airbags, front side-mount airbags, front and rear side airbags, active headrests front and rear, a first aid kit and a tire pressure monitoring system.
The final auto show. But Toyota's value brand isn't done just yet -- in fact, there's one new model still up its sleeve.is all about exciting new cars, but there will be a tinge of sadness permeating the Javits Center this year. It's Scion's
The 2016Release Series 10.0 isn't technically a new model -- it's just an aesthetically touched-up tC with a few performance bits. Power still comes by way of a four-cylinder mated to either automatic or manual transmissions, but its performance has been slightly enhanced thanks to a Toyota Racing Division (TRD) exhaust and lowering springs.
The design tweaks come by way of Kei Miura, a man used to building some far-out Japanese body kits. The Scion bits -- including a front lip spoiler, rear deck and lower spoilers and rocker panels -- are slightly aggressive, but they bear little resemblance to the Rocket Bunny kits Miura is well known for. Something a bit crazier would have been a fitting farewell for Toyota's quirky little offspring.
A new platform and powertrains should make the hatchback a much more entertaining and refined car than the sedan... but will people buy it?
For those wanting a special trim and other additions over the standard 86, Toyota plans to produce fewer than 2,000 of these special models.
It's going to be a long time before this problem goes away.
Frankly, I'm surprised this manga-infused mashup didn't happen sooner.
All in, Toyota's three brands have recalled nearly 5 million vehicles for this reason.
The two newest Scions will continue to prosper after the brand is consigned to history, albeit with Yaris and Corolla badges.
The brand will have its last hurrah at the New York Auto Show, complete with old concepts, projects and -- of course -- free swag.
The 2016 iA sedan is one of the best cars to ever wear the Scion badge, which is interesting because it's actually a Mazda.