2008 Scion tC

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$3,602 - $4,194 $15,300 - $17,800

2008 Scion tC Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Scion tC was new.

The tC provides sporty performance and design for an affordable price. If you're in the market for an affordable small car, you should also consider the Honda Fit or the Honda Civic which are ranks #1 and #2 respectively in our rankings for Small Affordable Cars.




Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 7.5
Safety: 9.5
Reliability: TBD

Pros & Cons

  • Modern coupe design good for customization
  • Plenty of standard equipment with an upscale feel
  • Affordable price within its class
  • Cramped cabin

2008 Scion tC Overview

Our analysis shows that the 2008 Scion tC's best qualities are sportiness, versatility and upscale features and design, all at a hard-to-beat price. Plus the tC's one-up on its class is the ability to customize its models -- a trademark of the Scion brand. For 2008, Scion made some pre-customization changes to the tC's design, including a new front grille and sleeker taillights, and cabin enhancements like new upholstery and a standard auxiliary audio input jack. The 2009 tC is now available, virtually unchanged from the 2008 model.

  • "The 2008 Scion tC delivers on the promise of stylish and sporty transportation at affordable prices." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "The tC isn't a real sporty coupe like the old Toyota Celica was, but it does offer a lot of style for relatively little money and comes with standard anti-lock brakes, power windows, and driver's knee airbag." -- Car and Driver
  • "The tC coupe is the sportiest model in Toyota's youth-oriented Scion line and a bargain among small, sporty cars. It offers style, lively performance, and a versatile interior at a great price." -- Forbes
  • "One of the best values we've seen…tC offers strong audio options and decent performance, but leg- and headroom are limited for taller people." -- CNET

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