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2015 Scion tC

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/12/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 Scion tC adds steering wheel paddle shifters for the six-speed automatic transmission. Two exterior colors, Blizzard Pearl and Cosmic Gray, are new for the 2015 model year.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Scion tC is a front-drive coupe powered by a 2.5-liter I-4 with 179 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque paired with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Fuel economy is decent at 23/31 mpg city/highway.


Performance isn’t impressive in the 2015 Scion tC despite the car's fairly punchy engine. Acceleration is good thanks to the coupe's plentiful mid-range torque, but its handling is lacking due to the car’s slow and numb steering, poor ride, and excessive body roll. Refinement is also a weak point due to the car having a rough ride over bumps.

While the 2015 tC’s interior is spacious with comfortable seating for five and a large trunk due to the car’s hatch and split-folding rear seats. The car’s minimalistic dash, however, is dated even with the addition of the standard 6.1-inch touchscreen for its refresh in the 2014 model year.

The NHTSA gave the 2015 Scion tC a five-star overall safety rating (out of a possible five stars). In IIHS evaluations, the car earned a good score in four categories and acceptable in the small overlap front test (good is the highest possible score).

What We Think

While it has improved since its refresh for the 2014 model year, the Scion tC continues to lag behind the competition thanks to its lack of refinement, and mediocre driving dynamics. In a comparison test between six “oddball” vehicles, the tC came in last place due to the car riding “like an old truck, crashing over bumps and transmission every decibel of road and tire noise into the interior,” and “flopped around corners” in the canyons. Its cabin, on the other hand, is spacious for a two-door, with seating for five and a large trunk thanks to the car’s hatchback design.

You’ll Like

  • Roomy cabin
  • Seating for five
  • Convenient hatchback

You Won’t Like

  • Lackluster driving dynamics
  • Cheaply built interior
  • Unrefined

Key Competitors

  • Honda Civic Coupe
  • Kia Forte Koup
  • Hyundai Veloster
  • Volkswagen Beetle
  • Mini Hardtop


2 star


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