SHARP TURNS – Scion tC is getting popular

2013-08-16T00:00:00Z SHARP TURNS – Scion tC is getting popularMATT SHARP Auto Columnist nwitimes.com
August 16, 2013 12:00 am  • 

A couple of years ago, I had a friend from high school that was starting to take an interest in cars. He started saving up and bought a Scion tC. At that time I had no clue what Scion was. He had it for a couple of years and put lots of money into it and made it into a very awesome vehicle. Over the years Scion has been getting more popular, and you see more and more of them on the streets. The tC was always popular with people who wanted to put money into them, or even race them, but now people are buying them for everyday use because of the power behind the wheel.

All Scions are noticeable when they are on the streets, but the tC itself stands out from the ground up. It starts with redesigned 18” machine-finished alloy wheels. Then the projector beam headlamps and LED accent lights catch your attention, plus LED accent lights on the front bumper. The rear lamps match the front with combination lights with LED stop lamps. The power outside mirrors come equipped with LED turn signal indicators to not only add to the style, but to add to the safety as well. The tC also comes equipped with a panoramic glass roof with a front power tilt/slide moon roof.

The panoramic glass roof also helps make the interior more comfortable. Once you sit into the height-adjustable sport bucket seat, you feel the power and comfort of the tC. You find out that grabbing the leather-stitched steering wheel means you are grabbing new weld points, stabilizer brackets and enhanced shock damping to make your ride a smooth one with reduced noise and vibration. The dash board is all race inspired, with tachometer, speedometer and fuel gauges, not to mention the glow that will amaze anyone when the car is started. Of course the tC has everything else from remote keyless entry to the multi-information Pioneer touch screen. This touch screen will help with all your audio needs; you can connect any device to listen to your favorites. You can also use it with your cell phone to call someone right from the car and talk hands-free. While listening to your music or phone calls, you will hear clear, crisp sounds that come from the 8 built-in speakers.

The tC comes with a 2.5L engine with 179 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque. To accompany the engine is a 6-speed automatic or manual transmission with dynamic rev management that allows for a quick and smooth downshifting experience on the road. Estimated mpg comes out to about 23 city and 31 highway.

Scion knows that when you get a hold of this car, you will want to use all of its power. So they made sure to make it safe with anti-lock brakes, smart stop technology, eight airbags, active headrests, and tire pressure-monitoring system.

The tC starts at about $20,000 for the manual, and about $1,000 more for the automatic. There are plenty of available features to add that will affect the price as well.

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