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By Cars.com Staff
May 27, 2008
Vehicle Overview While other cars in Scion's lineup have funky, boxy designs, the tC coupe has always been the most conventional. It competes with other small cars, including the Chevrolet Cobalt, Ford Focus and Nissan Sentra. The tC uses a 160-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. A wide variety of safety features are standard.
What's New for 2009 There are no significant changes from the 2008 model.
Exterior The tC looks more aggressive than its Toyota siblings, probably bearing more resemblance to an Audi coupe than any of its competitors. It's 174 inches long, making it shorter than the Cobalt, Focus and Sentra, and is roughly the same height as the Cobalt. It's shorter by several inches than the Focus and Sentra.
Hatchback body style
Sunroof covers first and second rows
Optional front and rear spoilers
17-inch wheels standard, 18-inch wheels optional
Interior The only thing Scion says it changed about the tC for 2009 happens here, as the seat fabric is "updated." Overall, the interior has a nice mix of textures and a rich appearance for its price.
160-watt Pioneer audio system with iPod connectivity and auxiliary port
60/40-split rear seat has three-point seat belts and head restraints for three occupants
Standard air conditioning
Standard cruise control
Under the Hood The tC is powered by an all-aluminum 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 161 hp and has variable valve timing.
Standard five-speed manual transmission
Four-speed automatic optional
Safety The tC has a wide variety of standard safety features, including: