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2015 Scion tC Review

The 2015 Scion tC ranks in the bottom third of the compact car class. Despite its spacious seats and generous features list, it can’t keep up with the agility, comfort, and interior quality of its rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Lots of standard features
  • Straightforward infotainment system
  • Roomy cabin
  • Firm ride
  • Below-average fuel economy
  • Some cheap cabin plastics




Critics' Rating: 6.7
Performance: 6.0
Interior: 6.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.0
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2015 Scion tC Overview

Is the 2015 Scion tC a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Scion tC is a decent used compact car. Although it’s a coupe, its hatchback cargo opening gives it more storage room than most rivals. Additionally, it has ample passenger space and a capable engine. However, despite its sporty looks, most rivals are more agile around curves. Many of them also have more upscale cabins and comfier seats.

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Why You Can Trust Us

Our Scion tC review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 53 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Scion tC?

Based on listings for the 2015 tC on our site, the average list price is $14,900, which is below average for the class. Prices range from $12,300 and $17,600 and vary based on mileage, condition, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2015 Scion tC Cost to Own?

Expenses for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2015 tC are estimated to be around $26,860 over five years, or about $5,372 per year. That's one of the highest estimates in the class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Scion tC?

Toyota discontinued the Scion brand after the 2016 model year, so there are no new models on the market. Unlike many of its siblings, the tC was not rebadged under the Toyota brand. The 2016 Scion iM became the 2017 Toyota Corolla iM, the 2016 Scion iA converted to the 2017 Toyota Yaris iA, and the 2016 Scion FR-S was renamed to be the 2017 Toyota 86.

Pricing for a used 2015 Scion tC ranges from $12,300 to $17,600. While a handful of new compact cars are priced just above the tC's upper range, you might be able to save money with some new subcompact cars. With a starting price of $15,600, the 2019 Toyota Yaris has more standard safety features and higher fuel economy ratings than the tC. The 2019 Chevrolet Sonic starts at $15,420, and it has a larger trunk and more standard tech features.

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Which Model Year of the Scion tC Is Best?

The 2015 tC belongs to a generation that launched for the 2011 model year. For 2014, Scion refreshed the tC’s exterior styling, retuned its suspension, and added a standard touch screen. Other than gaining paddle shifters with the automatic transmission, the 2015 coupe was largely unchanged. For 2016, Scion made a 7-inch touch screen, proximity keyless entry, and push-button start standard in the tC.

Unless you want the 2016 model’s added tech, you might want to consider an otherwise similar tC from a previous model year. Older models are also likely to be more affordable.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Scion tC?

J.D. Power gives the 2015 tC a reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2015 Scion tC Recalls

As of this writing, there are three recalls for the 2015 tC. These recalls address problems with the brake hose potentially rupturing, the rear suspension detaching, and an incorrect load capacity label. Before buying this vehicle, make sure these issues have been addressed.

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Which Used Scion tC Model Is Right for Me?

There is only one trim level of the 2015 tC, and with the exception of some styling tweaks and dealer-installed options, there aren’t any available features.

Standard features include a 6.1-inch touch screen, HD Radio, a USB port, Bluetooth, an eight-speaker stereo, remote keyless entry, a panoramic moonroof, and alloy wheels. Dealer-installed options include remote start and a BeSpoke navigation and audio system.

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What Does Scion's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Toyota offers a certified pre-owned program for Scion vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 85,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all Scion certified pre-owned vehicles, and Toyota extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date 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.

Toyota manages Scion's CPO program, and it's about average for an affordable carmaker, according to our research. Mazda, Honda, and Hyundai all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the tC?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the tC a 2015 Top Safety Pick, also giving it the highest rating of Good in four crash tests and the next-best rating of Acceptable in the driver-side small overlap front test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it an overall rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in the side crash test and four stars in frontal crash and rollover tests.

There are no active standard or available safety features in the 2015 tC.

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2015 Scion tC Versus the Competition

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

The 2015 Honda Civic is a good choice among compact cars. It comes in sedan and coupe body types, and it has a roomy cabin full of premium materials. The Honda has more powertrain options too, as well as nimbler handling, particularly in the Civic Si trim. On top of that, the Honda has a longer list of safety features. Both vehicles have similar average prices. The Scion has a larger trunk, but that’s not enough for us to recommend it over the Honda.

Which Is Better: 2015 Subaru tC or 2015 Hyundai Veloster?

The 2015 Hyundai Veloster is not a great compact car, but it’s not without some appeal. It has a unique three-door layout with one door on the driver’s side and two on the passenger side. The Hyundai also has more cargo space than the Scion, and it earns higher fuel economy estimates. However, the Veloster has several flaws too. It’s not as sporty as its exterior styling suggests, and its rear seats are tight. Additionally, the ride can get harsh, and the Veloster has a subpar reliability rating. On average, it costs about $1,000 more to buy the Scion, but it’s worth the extra money.

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

The 2015 FR-S is a sports car, and like the tC, it’s a coupe. Since the FR-S lacks the hatchback trunk opening of its sibling, the it has a lot less cargo space than the tC. The FR-S makes up for this shortcoming with engaging handling. Features are generally the same between the two models, though the FR-S has a few sporty enhancements, such as an available Toyota Racing Development (TRD) steering wheel. You’ll likely pay more though. On average, buying the FR-S costs around $3,100 more than the tC. If that’s in your budget, though, go for the FR-S.

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2015 tC Performance

How Does the 2015 Scion tC Drive?

Powering this coupe is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 179 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. It can be had with a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic.

Critics are divided over the peppiness of the engine, with some finding it has ample power delivery and others wishing it felt a bit stronger. The automatic transmission draws praise for its precise downshifts, and the manual gearbox earns high marks for its smoothness.

It may be a sporty-looking car, but the tC isn’t especially agile. Steering and braking are adequate and controlled but fall short of being athletic. The 2015 Mazda3 hatchback is much nimbler. Additionally, the tC has a harsh ride, and road flaws can jostle its occupants. Front-wheel drive is standard.

Does the 2015 Scion tC Get Good Gas Mileage?

Regardless of the transmission, the 2015 tC gets fuel economy estimates of 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Those are subpar figures for the compact car class.

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2015 tC Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 tC Seat?

The 2015 tC seats up to five people on two-tone cloth seats. Sport front bucket seats, 60/40 split-folding and reclining rear seats, and a leather-trimmed steering wheel are standard as well. No seating upgrades are available.

Legroom is generous in both rows, but some critics found rear-seat headroom to be lacking due to the sloping roofline. The cabin design is practical and sporty, but the seats are too firm, and there are several hard plastics that diminish its appeal.

How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Scion tC?

This vehicle has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats.

2015 Scion tC Features

The tC comes with a 6.1-inch touch screen, an eight-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, a USB port, HD Radio, and steering-wheel mounted audio and cruise controls. There are plenty of well-placed and easy-to-use physical controls inside the tC's cabin. Remote start and a navigation system were available as dealer-installed add-ons when the 2015 tC was new.

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2015 Scion tC Dimensions

Scion tC Cargo Space

With its hatchback body style, this coupe has 14.7 cubic feet of space. That’s above average for the compact car class, though some models available as hatchbacks, like the 2015 Kia Forte, have a bit more room.

2015 tC Length and Weight

The 2015 tC is about 14.8 feet long. Curb weight ranges from 3,082 to 3,124 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Scion tC Built?

Scion built the 2015 tC in Japan.


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