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2013 Scion tC Hatchback

2013 Scion tC Review

(0 Stars)  Sporty-looking, but not a sports car.

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New For 2013
Another year, another Release Series for the Scion tC. This time it’s red. Release Series 8.0, available with a manual or an automatic, is about $3000 more expensive than a standard tC. It includes a body kit with a rear spoiler, eighteen-inch gloss-black wheels, a lower ride height and TRD sport muffler, and a revised interior. Two thousand will be built.
Overview
The Scion tC is pitched at the same youthful demographic as that of its boxy four-door siblings, with a major emphasis on customization (via a catalog of extensive accessories sold at dealerships). The tC is a cut above the four-door Scion models, but it’s still fairly low priced. There’s a lot of standard equipment included in the base price: Bluetooth, a power moonroof, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, power door locks, power windows, A/C, and eighteen-inch wheels. The interior is a mix of good and cheap, but the front seats are comfortable and the rear seats are usable, at least for passengers less than six feet tall. The tC’s 2.5-liter engine makes a hearty 180 hp; it isn’t brimming with personality, but it will send this fairly lightweight coupe from 0 to 60 mph in a brisk 7.6 seconds (8.2 seconds with the automatic). Unlike the lesser Scions, both transmissions here are six-speeds. Those additional gears help the tC deliver very good fuel economy, despite its larger engine. The standard chassis setup is decent but not stellar. Buyers eager for greater responsiveness can select from the menu of TRD (Toyota Racing Development) upgrades. For a real sports car experience, upgrade to the Scion FR-S.

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2013 tC Base Hatchback Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 2.5L in-line 4 DOHC and variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 23 MPG city, 31 MPG highway, 26 MPG combined and 378 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
14.5gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 180 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 173 ft lb of torque @ 4,100 rpm

'13 Scion Hatchback Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Windows
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Trip Computer
  Exterior  
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Rear Spoiler
  Interior  
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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iPod Connector
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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