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2016 Scion tC Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Scion tC was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.6

The 2016 Scion tC has some sport-oriented styling details, critics say, but its cabin suffers from low-quality plastics, a lackluster color scheme and too much wind and road noise on the highway. Test drivers do note that the tC is practical thanks to its simple dashboard controls, relatively spacious rear seats and decent cargo space.

  • Handsome seat materials and contrasting trim on the dash give the tC a more upscale look. … If there's a downside, it's the overly black-and-gray interior palate. A little color would help dress things up considerably." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • The cabin builds on the exterior's ‘sports car’ theme controls canted towards the driver, well-bolstered seats and the kind of flat-bottomed steering wheel usually found on serious high-performance vehicles. Despite some recent material upgrades, the plastics inside still skew towards the econobox end of the refinement spectrum." -- Left Lane News
  • With its thick, flat-bottom steering wheel, cradling seat bolsters and controls canted toward the driver, the tC strives for a high-performance sports car aesthetic. Unfortunately, the cabin's ambience is sullied a bit by the abundance of cheap plastic trim and thinly padded armrests." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "The Scion tC is unusually practical for a small sporty coupe, with good interior room and usable cargo space." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Seating

The 2016 Scion tC seats five and comes with cloth upholstery and reclining rear seats. Test drivers say the tC has lots of legroom in the front seats, though some note that headroom is limited for tall people. Some also write that the seats are a bit too firm and the cabin is too noisy on the highway. Reviewers report that the rear seats are surprisingly spacious.

  • "There's plenty of legroom in back for passengers, and the rear seats recline for maximum comfort. …" -- Left Lane News
  • "The multi-adjustable driver's seat can accommodate just about any height, and the rear seat is roomier than you'd expect, considering the tC's small exterior dimensions." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "… the seats are firmer than we'd like, and at highway speeds the cabin is awash with road and wind noise." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "Even larger folk should be comfortable in tC's front seats. The low roofline means headroom is tight for tall folks, but legroom is vast; even 6-footers won't need to push the seat all the way back." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Interior Features

The 2016 Scion tC comes standard with Bluetooth, a USB port and an eight-speaker Pioneer audio system. New standard features for 2016 include proximity key, push-button start and a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system with voice recognition. A BeSpoke audio system with navigation is available as a dealer-installed option.

Reviewers praise the tC's highly legible gauges and simple, user-friendly dashboard controls. Auto writers say the tC has a high-quality stereo, though they note that it no longer has an edge over its rivals in this regard, as most of them now offer nice stereos as well.

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  • "… we like the straightforward simplicity of the gauges, center stack and controls." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "While previous Scions have received high marks for their stereo quality, competitors seem to have caught up lately. Standard Scion knobs and dials are still clear and easy to use, though." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "The controls are mostly simple, handy, and clearly marked. The gauges are well lit and have distinct markings." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Cargo

The 2016 Scion tC has 14.7 cubic feet of cargo space, which is good for a small coupe, though hatchbacks like the Volkswagen Golf offer significantly more space. The tC comes standard with 60/40 split-folding rear seats.

Test drivers think the tC offers a roomy cargo area and that its hatchback body style makes it simple to load large cargo. There are a typical number of small-item storage spaces in the tC’s cabin, according to auto writers.

  • "While most coupes offer little in the way of practicality, the tC actually boasts a relatively roomy cargo area with 14.7 cubic feet of stowage space." -- Left Lane News
  • "The hatchback body style also means it's easier to load bulky items in the tC than it is with traditional coupes like the Civic or Hyundai Elantra." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • Interior small-items storage is average--there are small door pockets, a handy glovebox, and a small but deep bin beneath the center armrest." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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