2005 Scion tC Overview


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4.65 stars

Based on 56 reviews

A Sub-compact That Is Concerned About The Driver, Not The Ice Caps. by Ashton
 — For a car that is less than $20,000, the tC is a pretty impressive little hatch. It has a good blend of performance, comfort, design, build quality, and attention to detail. It interior says “I want ... Read More
One Of The Best Cars I Ever Owned by Ryan
 — Performance – acceleration, braking, handling Everything is Great, I installed a cool Air In-Take which gives me better mpg plus also more power and better quality air flow plus the sound was enhance... Read More
Inexpensive Stock Rocket by Corollanut
 — My wife and I bought a used 05 tC last year with 19k on it. We just love the car. So far we have put another 25k on it and the only problem so far has been caused by the dealer. We brought it in for a... Read More

2005 Scion tC Overview

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2005 Scion tC

The tC, introduced in 2005, represented a departure from the existing Scion models.  The xA and xB were both modestly performing four-door hatchbacks, but the new tC provided Scion buyers with a more performance-focused compact car.

Aside from the styling, the tC is set apart by a comparatively potent 2.4 liter inline four engine, enhanced by Toyota's Variable Valve Timing + intelligence technology.  This power plant generates 160 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque, sending the tC from 0 to 60 in 7.8 seconds and through the quarter mile in 15.7.  A five-speed manual transmission is included, and highly preferred, but a four-speed automatic optional.  Fuel economy for the tC is estimated at 22/29 mpg.

The tC is a hatchback, like the othe Scion models, which allows for some additional flexibility with cargo.  This compact coupe actually offers a surprising 60 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded.  The coupe can accommodate five passengers, and the 106 inch wheelbase creates extra legroom in the rear.  The tC is the most expensive Scion, but features are commensurate with the cost.  Standard equipment includes a Pioneer CD/MP3 sound system, 17-inch alloy wheels, a power moon roof, a fixed glass rear sunroof, full power accessories and keyless entry.  The tC is also the only Scion to offer cruise control.  Safety equipment includes ABS and knee airbags.

Taller drivers found the compact tC plenty spacious, and the well-equipped interior is a common favorite feature.  Some owners felt that the tC should be eligible for the same level of customization as the xB, but most expressed great satisfaction with the coupe as is.  Common complaints included excessive engine noise, a rough ride and some low quality interior materials.


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