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2014 Scion tC Review

The Scion tC has a spacious interior and a pleasant ride quality. However, it’s not as sporty as its two-door physique suggests, and its cabin is full of cheap-looking plastics.

Pros & Cons

  • Roomy interior
  • Good cargo space
  • Balanced handling
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Lackluster interior plastics

New for 2014

  • Updated exterior
  • Retuned suspension and automatic transmission
  • Touch screen became standard
  • Monogram Series added





Critics' Rating: 7.6
Performance: 7.1
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 9.0
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2014 Scion tC Overview

Is the 2014 Scion tC a Good Used Car?

The 2014 Scion tC hatchback is a solid option for a used compact car. It blends the sporty appearance of a coupe with the cargo-hauling practicality of a hatchback. It comfortably seats four, accelerates swiftly, and handles confidently. That said, if you’re looking for a true sports car, look elsewhere. The tC is sharp, but not that sharp. It also has a rather drab interior and lacks some features that are common in this class, such as a rearview camera.

Used 2014 Scion tC Performance and Interior

The Scion tC has a four-cylinder engine with 179 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive are standard; a six-speed automatic is available. The tC zips up to speed quickly and offers robust passing power, though fuel economy is low by class standards at just 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Both transmissions earn praise for their refinement. The manual has precise action and a light clutch; the automatic shifts briskly and has a neat rev-matching feature that blips the throttle on downshifts for smoother, more controlled gear changes.

The tC rewards drivers with a comfortable ride, yet still feels sure-footed and well-balanced in corners. The power steering has a nice, heavy feel to it. The brakes provide sufficient stopping power, and the suspension soaks up most bumps and dips without issue.

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The Scion tC seats five and features an unexpectedly spacious interior. The supportive front seats have large hip-hugging side bolsters, and there’s generous head- and legroom. The rear seats can fit two adults comfortably, and getting into and out of the back is particularly easy compared to other coupes. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The tC’s hatchback opens to reveal 14.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, and a roomy 34.5 cubic feet with the 60/40-split seats folded. The hatchback’s wide opening makes it easy to load and unload bulky items.

Despite its airy feel, the tC’s interior looks fairly plain due to its many hard plastic surfaces. Scion equips all tC models with a 6.1-inch touch screen, AM/FM radio, USB and auxiliary inputs, Bluetooth, and a CD player. A BeSpoke audio system with navigation is one of the tC’s few options. The infotainment system is very user-friendly, and it’s easy to adjust the climate and audio controls on the go. The dashboard’s center stack is conveniently angled toward the driver.

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Used 2014 Scion tC Prices

The price of a used 2014 Scion tC starts at around $13,500 for base models. Prices will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Scion tC?

The Scion tC has average reliability, earning a score of three out of five from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the tC?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Scion tC a 2014 Top Safety Pick and gave it the highest rating of Good in four out of five crash tests. The tC earned the second-highest rating of Acceptable in its fifth test, the small overlap front crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the tC a perfect five-star rating for overall and side impact testing, as well as four out of five stars in front and rollover crash safety.

The tC lacks the advanced safety features found in other cars in this class, such as blind spot monitoring, parking sensors, or a rearview camera.

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Should I Consider Another Used tC?

The 2014 Scion tC marks the fourth model year of the vehicle’s second generation. Updates for 2014 include a retuned suspension and a quicker-shifting automatic transmission, a redesigned exterior, and a standard touch screen. You’re likely to find used 2011, 2012, and 2013 models for much lower prices, but they won’t share these major updates. Toyota discontinued the Scion tC after the 2016 model year.

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Which Used Scion tC Is Right for Me?

Scion offers the 2014 tC in three trim levels: base, 10 Series, and Monogram Series. All Scion tC base models are equipped with a 6.1-inch touch screen, AM/FM radio, a CD player, Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary inputs, remote keyless entry, power windows, a moonroof, air conditioning, cruise control, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, and cloth upholstery. The tC 10 Series adds larger alloy wheels and silver paint.

The Scion tC Monogram adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, proximity keyless entry, and a BeSpoke audio and navigation system. The BeSpoke system is available in some used base models.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned tC. Scion provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Scion must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Scion warranty page carefully.

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2014 Scion tC and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Scion tC or 2014 Scion FR-S?

If you’re looking for the sportier coupe, the 2014 Scion FR-S is the superior choice. The FR-S has sharper handling and offers a bigger punch from its four-cylinder engine. However, the tC has its advantages; it is much more practical thanks to its roomy hatchback, and its rear seats are actually usable. The tC also fares slightly better in reliability testing, and used tCs are often much more affordable than used FR-S models.

Which Is Better: 2014 Scion tC or 2014 Hyundai Veloster?

The 2014 Hyundai Veloster shares similar styling cues – and a similar price range – with the tC. Ultimately, the sporty Veloster hatchback has too many drawbacks to recommend. It has cramped rear seats, a low reliability rating, and a ride quality that borders on harsh. The tC is the better choice.

Which Is Better: 2014 Scion tC or 2014 Honda Civic?

The 2014 Honda Civic coupe is an excellent choice if you desire a fun, practical compact car. The Civic coupe earns a sterling reliability rating and outshines the Scion with its higher-quality interior, better fuel economy, sportier handling, and muscular Civic Si variant. It’s not all bad news for the tC, though. The Scion has an easier-to-use touch screen, more passenger and cargo space, and a lower price.

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