Scion tC

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.

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Editors' First Take

The New York International Auto Show is all about exciting new cars, but there will be a tinge of sadness permeating the Javits Center this year. It's Scion's final auto show. But Toyota's value brand isn't done just yet -- in fact, there's one new model still up its sleeve.

The 2016 Scion tC Release 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.

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