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2013 Scion tC Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Scion tC was new.


Interior: 7.8

According to reviewers, the 2013 Scion tC has good cargo space for a coupe and one of the most impressive lists of standard features in the class. Though well-equipped, reviewers say the tC’s cabin feels cheap because it’s made with a lot of hard plastics.

  • "The 2013 Scion tC earns its keep with a smart interior that offers exceptional comfort and a convenient control layout." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "Alas, the interior disappoints. Given a more utilitarian car - a wagon or crossover, for example - you might make the case that cabin materials matter less. But Scion calls the tC an aspirational coupe. What's inside is crucial, and Scion chose style over substance." -- Cars.com (2011)


Though the five-seat 2013 Scion tC is a coupe, which is a body style often characterized by tight second-row seats, reviewers are impressed with its spacious back seat. Several test drivers say that 6-foot passengers fit in the second row comfortably. Auto critics also mention that the front seats are comfortable for tall adults. There is one reviewer who says the opposite, mentioning that the front seat doesn’t have enough headroom and that the second-row seats lack legroom for tall adults. There are also complaints about large rear blind spots.

  • "The rear seats also recline and feature impressive legroom, meaning even 6-footers can sit back there. Front seat room is also generous." -- Edmunds
  • "The driver's seat is adjustable enough for all shapes and sizes, and rear-seat passengers will be surprised by the amount of room they actually have." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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. ... Visibility to the rear corners is subpar with huge blind spots over the driver's shoulders." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "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 (2011)

Interior Features

The 2013 Scion tC has a standard eight-speaker Pioneer stereo system, HD Radio, a USB port, an auxiliary input jack and Bluetooth. Satellite radio and a BeSpoke touch-screen audio system are optional.

Reviewers are impressed with the number of standard features the tC has, and like that the Bluetooth system has good sound quality and is easy to use. Test drivers are divided, however, over the stereo controls’ simplicity. One says that they are straightforward, while another thinks they are confusing and doesn’t like the way the controls are labeled. There is one thing reviewers agree on, and that’s the tC’s steering wheel. They compare it to the steering wheel on the expensive and high-performance BMW M3, which is very high praise for an affordable small car.

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  • "Bluetooth connectivity is easy enough to work with and the sound quality itself is excellent." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "In an effort to play to the younger demographic, the Scion tC's standard sound system features a wealth of features that are offered as options on some of its rivals. Unfortunately, the layout of the controls isn't all that intuitive and poorly labeled." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2012)
  • "Speaking of control, the tC features one of the best steering wheels we've ever felt. First of all, it's fat, possibly even fatter than the a BMW M3's -- which makes the tC's tiller flat out obese." -- Motor Trend (2011)


The 2013 Scion tC has 14.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, and reviewers say that’s a lot more cargo room than what many coupes offer. Test drivers mention that interior storage is only average for the class.

  • "Cargo space is one, as the tC's hatchback design can accommodate up to 14.7 cubic feet of stuff and the folding rear seat creates a relatively cavernous cargo area that puts other compact coupes to shame." -- Edmunds
  • "Interior storage is average with small door pockets, a handy glovebox, and a small but deep bin beneath the center armrest." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

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