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2009 Scion tC Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2009 Scion tC was new.


Interior: 7.8

The majority of reviews say the 2009 Scion tC has a well-assembled interior that's roomy for a coupe.

  • "The interior affords surprising luxury and space for a coupe. Legroom and headroom approach those of a Camry Solara, despite the tC's shorter length and height." -- Motor Trend
  • "The look and feel of the tC interior might be described as 'Lexus-light,' with a pleasantly refined cabin." -- BusinessWeek
  • "You almost feel like you're ripping off Toyota if you buy a tC." -- The Detroit News

Front Seats

Reviewers appreciate the front seats' firm bolstering and support for sportier rides.

  • "The seating is a bit soft, but not as spongy beneath the thighs as more basic Toyota models." -- Boston Globe
  • "The firm seats with snug side bolsters offer good support in fast turns. The driver seat adjusts for height and thigh support -- a nice touch -- but legroom is only adequate, and headroom is tight for taller adults." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Drivers taller than six feet may feel cramped behind the wheel." -- Kelley Blue Book

Rear Seats

Although the tC is designed to seat five passengers total, most agree that comfort in the 2009 Scion tC's 60/40 split rear seats is limited. Nevertheless, most say the space is adequate for a coupe.

  • "The rear seat is more habitable than most small coupes, though it is shaped only for two and legroom is tight without the front seats well forward." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The rear seat area was small, but had enough room to hold a couple of limber adults in reasonable comfort, provided that the tall ones crouch a bit." -- The Family Car
  • "Rear riders will also enjoy the split seatbacks that can individually recline up to 135 degrees." -- Edmunds
  • "Though there is a back seat in the tC, don't try to get adults back there unless you're planning a kidnapping." -- About.com

Interior Features

A solid number of reviewers are impressed with the tC cabin's visual appeal, with standard features meant to catch younger buyers.

  • "The controls are mostly simple, handy and well-marked, and work with smooth action." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The deep-set gauges are easy to read most of the time, and they're orange-lit at night." -- Cars.com
  • "Fit and finish are flawless, right down to the seamless dash-mounted airbag." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The downpouring center control pod -- with a sound system display screen that flashed me back to lava lamps -- is a simple and modern touch." -- The Boston Globe
  • "Interior materials look more like rice paper than the traditional fake leather -- a nice concept, though we noticed a tendency to show every spot of dirt." -- BusinessWeek

Stereo and Entertainment

Auto writers favorably regard the 2009 Scion tC's audio system, a Pioneer stereo that is both MP3 and satellite-radio-ready. The system is ready to rock with six speakers and two tweeters. To better appeal to Scion's target audience, Pioneer allows the capability to download skins and images for the LCD faceplate.

  • "Both crisp and powerful." -- Edmunds


With 35.4 cubic feet of available cargo space, many writers find the tC's available cargo space suitable. But like most coupes, the 2009 tC doesn't offer much cargo room with rear seats upright. Smaller storage includes four map pockets, bag hooks and storage slots in the two-tiered center console.

  • "The tC's hatchback body style makes it capable of carrying a lot of stuff. An interesting design feature is the Transformer-like ability to fold the front seats flat." -- Road and Track
  • "I would probably keep the rear seats folded flat for the extra cargo space. My golf clubs, for example, didn't fit in the trunk without folding the seats." -- The Auto Channel

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