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2011 Scion tC Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2011 Scion tC was new.


Interior: 7.4

The improved tC interior features driver-focused controls, sharper and more masculine interior styling, a great steering wheel, comfortable seating for the driver and passengers and a variety of stereo options. However, with a beefy steering wheel and standard sun roof, it seems Scion neglected other parts of the interior, like the plastics, which many reviewers say are hard and cheap. 

  • "The new steering wheel feels great-a big ring to sink your fingers into." -- Car and Driver
  • "While the metal is new, the casual observer would still recognize the new tC as a tC. But the interior is day versus night. Gone is the waterfall of chrome-look plastic, replaced with a supremely simple yet refreshing dash layout." -- Motor Trend


Reviewers say seating for both the driver and passengers is comfortable in the 2011 Scion tC. The front seats are plusher and wider than before, and the luxurious leather-wrapped steering wheel tilts and telescopes, to create a comfortable position for the driver. The 60/40 split rear seats provide more leg room, making the backseat accessible for taller passengers. Also, the controls are now angled toward the driver and provide a logical, easy-access layout.

Despite these improvements, some reviewers don’t like the interior fabric. It’s rugged and durable, but the pattern, according to Popular Mechanics, resembles “a mid-Eighties label for an off-brand malt liquor.”

  • "The driver and passenger each get seats with adequate bolstering for the job at hand and the steering wheel's tilt and telescoping functions mean any driver should be able to find a comfortable position." -- Autoblog
  • "We never cared for the thin seats in the original Scion tC, but the front seats in the 2011 model are immediately comfortable. They're an inch wider than before, the better to accommodate our American-size frame, and better shaped as well. The thick-rimmed, flat-bottom steering wheel might be a bit much if you have dainty hands, but the telescope adjustment certainly does help." -- Edmunds
  • "As before, the tC comes with a panoramic sunroof as standard equipment. With the roll-up shade retracted, the roof gives the tC's interior a nice roomy feel. Tall drivers can still knock their heads on the ceiling, the front seats' range of adjustment is a bit too limited, and there's not a lot of rear legroom, but the tC's cockpit is a comfortable place to be once you're acclimated to it." -- Popular Mechanics

Interior Features

Aside from the 2011 tC’s beloved and beefy steering wheel, it also features a standard panoramic sunroof and a host of stereo options and utility features. Buyers will appreciate three available audio head units. The base tC features a 300-watt audio system, auxiliary audio and USB input ports, which includes iPod connectivity. Buyers can also opt for an Alpine plug-in navigation system or backup camera, and satellite radio. The top-of-the-line unit offers a built in navigation system. There is a drawback: Interior quality suffers because it is made with cheap plastics.

  • "All the controls are angled toward the driver, just like BMWs of yore. This is a great step forward for Scion, as both the xA and the initial xB had dashes most legible to the person sitting in the middle-rear seat. Call us iconoclasts, but the driver should have priority when it comes to information and control." -- Motor Trend
  • "The front-wheel-drive tC boasts eye-catching styling and capable drivetrain, but the cost-cut cabin left me cold." -- Cars.com
  • "The steering wheel is a grippy, thick, leather-wrapped affair with a flat bottom to aid with entry and exit. That it has tilt and telescoping features is an added bonus. Redundant radio and cruise controls are also included. And kudos to Scion for making the opening for audio systems of a universal size so that the aftermarket can be served as well." -- Left Lane News


Scion hasn’t given specs on cargo capacity, but the 2010 tC has 35.4 cubic feet of available cargo space, which is passable for the class. The rear seats in the 2011 model fold, which increases trunk space.

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