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2012 Scion tC Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 Scion tC was new.


Interior: 7.8

The 2012 Scion tC has good cargo space for a coupe and one of the most impressive lists of standard features in the class. But don’t be misled by the tC’s standard Pioneer audio system or moonroof because the cabin isn’t close to being luxurious. Reviewers say it’s made with a lot of hard plastics.

  • "Scion seems to have built tC's interior to a price. Appearance is OK in general, but hard plastics are the rule, even for the center console's armrest. The textured dashtop is easily scuffed, leaving lighter-color patches on the black surface. The cloth seating surfaces and door panel inserts have a visually interesting pattern and feel sturdy, but not particularly rich." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Unfortunately, the interior is filled with hard, flimsy plastics that seem cheaper than those found in the cabins of the competition. In particular, the center armrest is rock hard." -- Edmunds


Most reviewers say seats for both the driver and passengers are comfortable, as long as they aren't too tall. Test drivers say the front seats are plush, and the leather-wrapped steering wheel tilts and telescopes to create a comfortable position for the driver. Also, the center stack entertainment and climate controls are angled toward the driver and provide a logical, easy-access layout. The rear seats offer good legroom.

  • "The controls are canted toward the driver and the very comfortable front seats are nicely bolstered." -- Edmunds
  • "(Front seats) Even larger folk should be comfortable in tC's front seats. Headroom is good, and legroom is vast; even 6-footers won't need to push the seat all the way back. … (Rear seats) The tC's rear seat is surprisingly hospitable for a small, sporty coupe. Entry and exit are typical crouch and wiggle, but the front seats slide well forward to leave a reasonably wide passage. Six-footers will find adequate headroom, and even comfortable knee space as long as the front seats are not pushed all the way back." -- Consumer Guide
  • "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 2012 tC’s reviewer-loved, brawny steering wheel, it also features a standard panoramic moonroof, auxiliary input jack and USB port. For 2012, the tC sports a new Pioneer audio system with Bluetooth and HD radio technology that allows you to connect your MP3 player or phone to stream audio. But reviewers are disappointed that the tC’s impressive standard features list comes with a drawback: The interior looks and feels cheap.

But if you don’t mind Scion’s cost-cutting measures, reviewers think most shoppers will be satisfied with the number of standard features the tC has, and will be impressed with the sound quality of the Pioneer audio system.

  • "The controls are mostly simple, handy, and clearly marked. The gauges are well lit and have distinct markings. The tC's beefy, sporty steering wheel feels good to the touch and adds some sporty character." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Scion identifies the stereo as a key attribute for young drivers, and as such, the tC gets a standard head unit that would easily be an upgrade (or not available at all) in its rivals. Its iPod interface is especially impressive, as a large knob mimics the iPod's ring wheel, allowing the user to control volume and explore the various menu items displayed on the sizable screen." -- Edmunds
  • "The front-wheel-drive tC boasts eye-catching styling and capable drivetrain, but the cost-cut cabin left me cold." -- Cars.com


The Scion tC has an impressive amount of cargo space for a coupe. There is 14.7 cubic feet of space, which is a lot more cargo room than what many coupes offer. Reviewers say, however, that interior storage is average for the class, and includes cubbies such as a glovebox and a center armrest with a bin.

  • "Yet the tC does have notable advantages. Cargo space is one, as the tC's hatchback design and folding rear seat create a relatively cavernous cargo area that puts other compact coupes to shame." -- Edmunds
  • "Space is fairly shallow beneath the rear hatch, but the split-folding seat backs flop forward to create a nearly flat load floor. There is a bit of under-floor storage in shallow trays around the molded styrofoam insert surrounding the spare tire. Interior storage is average with small door pockets, a handy glovebox, and a small but deep bin beneath the center armrest." -- Consumer Guide

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