There was a time when the coupe ruled American roads, but over time, many automakers ditched their stylish two-doors in favor of the sedan. Scion has always been one to buck the trend, and the 2012 Scion tC is a prime example of it. This impressive sports coupe combines sleek styling, impressive features and sporty handling into one well-built package.
Each Scion tC (MSRP $18,575) comes standard with a Panoramic Glass Roof with power tilt/slide moonroof. That kind of feature can cost big money in the typical offering, but the tC is anything but ordinary. The tC also features a new, standard AM/FM/CD/HD Radio 300-watt Pioneer™ audio system with Bluetooth technology, USB connectivity and a Multi-Information Display, and a leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio controls. The tC also boasts standard 18-inch wheels.
Standard features and a low price will attract savvy consumers, but the sporting nature of the tC will turn those shoppers into buyers. The tC comes standard with a superb 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that boasts 180 hp and 173 lb/ft of torque. That’s enough muscle to power the tC from zero-to-60 miles per hour in around seven seconds, and at the same time, this Scion won’t pinch you at the pump. The EPA estimates the tC will return 31 mpg in highway driving and 23 mpg in the city.
The tC can be customized to further differentiate it from the competition. Scion TRD (Toyota Racing Development) performance parts available to tC buyers include a new exhaust system, a front strut tie brace and even lowering springs. Also available are a TRD oil filter, oil cap and high-performance air filter, giving owners plenty of options to maximize the performance of their tC sports coupes. And if 18-inch wheels just aren’t big enough, Scion also offers stunning 19-inch wheels. These aluminum-alloy wheels feature seven spokes and a snap-in TRD center cap.
Additional options include hands-free Bluetooth, a leather-wrapped shiftknob, carbon fiber accents for the B-pillar and chrome sill enhancements. Scion also offers upgraded infotainment in the form of two navigation-equipped sound systems. Owners can choose from a Scion navigation system or a 200-watt Alpine audio system equipped with navigation.
Scion equips every tC with all the latest occupant safety technology. The advanced body structure of the tC helps keep occupants safe in the event of the crash. The tC also features the Star Safety System™, which combines Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Anti-lock Brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Brake Assist and Smart Stop Technology, all of which give the driver better control and more peace of mind.
These safety features have helped the tC earn a “Top Safety Pick” designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). That means the tC earned a top score of “Good” in front and side-impact crash tests, and that it has a roof that can handle more than four times the overall weight of the vehicle.
The 2012 Scion tC also feature comprehensive warranties, starting with three-years/36,000-miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage. The tC powertrain is further covered for a full five years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first. That’s the kind of peace of mind that can help tC owners worry less about cost of ownership and more about additional customizations. Adding to the value of the tC is the complimentary Scion Service Boost, which covers factory-scheduled maintenance for two years or 25,000 miles and provides complimentary 24-hour Roadside Assistance for two years from the date of purchase.
The 2012 Scion tC is a special sports coupe. Its styling and configurability demand attention, and its power and willing chassis make it incredibly fun to drive as well. And the price? It’s hard to beat all that fun and excitement for the price of the tC. Visit us for a firsthand glimpse of the 2012 tC coupe.