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7.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.5
Performance: 7.1
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.0
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2015 Scion tC Review

The 2015 Scion tC has an abundance of standard features, rear-seat room, and trunk space. However, it lacks its rivals’ athletic handling, comfortable seating, and interior quality.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent passenger and trunk space
  • Plenty of standard features
  • Looks sportier than it is
  • Low-rent interior
  • Unsupportive front seats

2015 Scion tC Overview

Is the 2015 Scion tC a Good Used Car?

The tC’s roominess and features make it a good daily driver, but don’t be fooled by its sporty looks. Search elsewhere for a corner carver or a comfortable road tripper.

Used 2015 Scion tC Performance and Interior

The tC’s standard 179-horsepower four-cylinder engine yields decent acceleration and good low-end power. However, you won’t blow the doors off the other cars on the road. A six-speed manual gearbox comes standard, and a six-speed automatic transmission is available. Fuel economy is low for the class with either transmission: 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The front-wheel-drive tC lacks the athleticism of rival coupes, and ride quality worsens significantly over rough pavement.

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For a coupe, the five-seat tC provides good head- and legroom – even for those sitting in the back. But it goes downhill from there. The tC’s cloth seats aren’t the most comfortable, and leather-trimmed and power-adjustable seats are unavailable. Also, the tC’s sporty design does little to distract from an abundance of cheap, hard plastics and plenty of wind and road noise.

The tC has easy-to-use controls and a good amount of standard features, including a panoramic moonroof and an eight-speaker Pioneer audio system with a 6.1-inch touch screen and Bluetooth. The tC’s few available features include a BeSpoke audio system and navigation.

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Used 2015 Scion tC Prices

The average price of a used 2015 tC ranges from about $15,300 for a base model with an automatic transmission to around $17,100 for a Scion tC Release Series trim with a manual transmission. Prices depend on the vehicle’s demand, condition, mileage, and location.

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Our coverage does not reflect our personal opinions. Instead, we base our advice on the consensus of the automotive press alongside reliability ratings, safety scores, and more.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Scion tC?

According to J.D. Power and Associates, the 2015 Scion tC has an average predicted reliability rating of three out of five.

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How Safe Is the tC?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2015 tC a Top Safety Pick. It also earned an overall rating of five out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. While these are good scores, the tC’s rivals earned the same or better. 

Aside from basic features like airbags, the Scion tC doesn’t offer any safety features. It’s one of the few cars made in 2015 that doesn’t offer a rearview camera.

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Should I Consider Another Used tC?

The Scion tC’s second generation includes the 2011 through 2016 model years. For 2014, Scion retuned the tC’s suspension, transmission, and steering, and updated its interior and exterior styling. For 2015, tC models with the automatic transmission gained paddle shifters. At the end of the day, you’re better off paying a little extra for a 2016 model, which has a 7-inch touch screen, a standard rear wiper/washer, and a revised center stack.

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Which Used Scion tC Is Right for Me?

With the exception of dealer-installed options, transmission type, and style modifications, all Scion tCs have the same features. The Scion tC Release Series 9.0 is an uncommon version that features vibrant two-tone orange and black paint and other style enhancements. Most shoppers will be fine with the base tC, but navigation and the BeSpoke audio system are two available features worth looking out for.

For added peace of mind, consider a certified pre-owned model. Scion provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all CPO 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. You may also be able to get a CPO Scion model through your local Toyota dealership.

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2015 Scion tC and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Scion tC or 2015 Scion FR-S?

The Scion FR-S and its doppelganger, the Subaru BRZ, are sports cars with an appealing price. The tC has the FR-S beat when it comes to rear-seat and trunk space, but the FR-S is a better overall choice. It has more power, a lower curb weight, and sharper handling than the tC. Inside, the FR-S’ high-quality cabin and comfortable front seats are much nicer than the tC’s get-by interior and too-firm seats.

Which Is Better: 2015 Scion tC or 2015 Honda Civic?

One of the most popular sporty-looking coupes is the Honda Civic, and for good reason. Available as either a sedan or coupe, it has an excellent reliability rating, smooth performance, and a high-quality interior. The Civic also offers more choices for shoppers, including available performance-tuned and hybrid powertrains. Unlike the tC, the Civic has supportive seats and a standard rearview camera. The tC has more rear-seat and trunk space, but the Civic is more well-rounded overall.

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