2007 Scion tC

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Key Specs

of the 2007 Scion tC. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Strong four-cylinder
  • Impressive handling
  • Roomy, quality interior
  • Automatic-transmission behavior
  • Optional side-impact and side curtain airbags

The Bad

  • So-so fuel economy
  • Wide turning circle
  • Modest cargo volume when backseat is raised
  • Side mirrors don't fold

Notable Features of the 2007 Scion tC

  • Spec Package aimed at tuners
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Driver's knee airbag
  • Turn-signal lights in side mirrors
  • Dual moonroof
  • No-haggle pricing

2007 Scion tC Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Scion has always aimed at younger buyers, and for 2007 it's offering the tC sport coupe with a Spec Package model aimed at tuners. The package deletes some features to make the car easier to customize.

Jim Farley, Scion's vice president, said the tC's steering, suspension and brakes were tuned with a European bias. In fact, the car's platform is shared with the Avensis, a Toyota model that's sold in Europe. The tC hatchback coupe uses a 160-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder.

For 2006, the tC's updated audio system featured new steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and available Apple iPod compatibility.


Exterior
According to Scion press material, the tC hatchback displays "taut, clean lines from front to rear." An aggressive front fascia features swept-back headlights, a mesh grille and a large opening below the front bumper. A panoramic glass moonroof is standard. The company says the car "has the formal look of a coupe with a trunk." Side mirrors incorporate turn-signal indicators — a feature typically found on upscale luxury cars. A power hatch release is standard. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels hold 45-series tires, and 18-inchers are optional.

The Spec Package adds a fixed glass roof, 16-inch steel wheels with covers (surely meant to be replaced with custom hoops) and 205/55R16 tires. It's available in Super White, Flint Mica, Black Sand Pearl and Classic Silver Metallic paint.


Interior
For 2007, the seat fabric receives ...
Vehicle Overview
Scion has always aimed at younger buyers, and for 2007 it's offering the tC sport coupe with a Spec Package model aimed at tuners. The package deletes some features to make the car easier to customize.

Jim Farley, Scion's vice president, said the tC's steering, suspension and brakes were tuned with a European bias. In fact, the car's platform is shared with the Avensis, a Toyota model that's sold in Europe. The tC hatchback coupe uses a 160-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder.

For 2006, the tC's updated audio system featured new steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and available Apple iPod compatibility.


Exterior
According to Scion press material, the tC hatchback displays "taut, clean lines from front to rear." An aggressive front fascia features swept-back headlights, a mesh grille and a large opening below the front bumper. A panoramic glass moonroof is standard. The company says the car "has the formal look of a coupe with a trunk." Side mirrors incorporate turn-signal indicators — a feature typically found on upscale luxury cars. A power hatch release is standard. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels hold 45-series tires, and 18-inchers are optional.

The Spec Package adds a fixed glass roof, 16-inch steel wheels with covers (surely meant to be replaced with custom hoops) and 205/55R16 tires. It's available in Super White, Flint Mica, Black Sand Pearl and Classic Silver Metallic paint.


Interior
For 2007, the seat fabric receives a tighter weave, but looks almost identical to the current model's cloth.

Five passengers fit inside the tC, and the driver's seat has height and thigh adjustments. The 60/40-split rear seat has three-point seat belts and head restraints for three occupants. The rear seats also recline 45 degrees.

Amber illumination and what Scion calls "innovative" instrument-panel grains highlight the cockpit, which is similar to that of the xA and xB. The dashboard uses materials inspired by the texture of Japanese parchment. Moving parts in the interior have dampers, and the temperature dial is cast aluminum.

The center console includes an armrest, and keyless entry is standard. Additional standard equipment includes air conditioning, cruise control, a Pioneer stereo, and power windows, locks and mirrors. With the front and rear passenger seats folded flat, more than 8.5 feet of space is available for carrying long items.

The audio system has steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and compatibility with portable music players. An available iPod-specific connector allows users to operate the player via both the audio head unit and steering-wheel-mounted controls.

Spec Package models delete the steering wheel audio controls and get a urethane steering wheel and 12-volt power outlet.


Under the Hood
Generating 161 hp, the all-aluminum 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine incorporates Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i). Both four-speed automatic and five-speed manual transmissions are available.

Cruise control and the engine immobilizer are deleted from Spec Package models.


Safety
All-disc antilock brakes and a driver's knee airbag are standard. Side-impact and side curtain airbags are optional.

Driving Impressions
The tC gets more appealing after a few days of driving, but it's not as sporty as its shape and image suggest. It's an ordinary — if distinctive-looking — small car.

Acceleration can be spirited if the engine is pushed, but the four-cylinder sounds strained and noisy at higher rpm. The gearshift flicks easily between ratios, but the clutch can be jumpy, which makes smooth takeoffs a bit of a chore.

While the tC maneuvers easily and tracks capably, occupants aren't very insulated from chassis commotion over bumps and holes. The suspension reacts quickly enough and not excessively, but rougher pavement isn't pleasant.

Visibility over the driver's left shoulder is restricted, but the rearward view is good. The short seat bottoms are typical of small cars; the front seats are supportive, and backseat space isn't bad. Front headroom is marginal.

The deep-set gauges are easy to read most of the time, and they're orange-lit at night. The huge glove box is easy to reach, but the storage area below the hatch is squat in shape.



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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Economical car very practical

by Mmbaseballer from Murphysboro, Illinois on August 9, 2018

Third owner of my Scion and still is very reliable! The exterior of the car is very nice for a car you can buy fairly cheap with a great engine. One of the best cars Toyota has produced. Read full review

(5.0)

Very reliable car

by Confuzdish from St. Louis on June 19, 2018

I love my tC. It?s been insanely reliable. The only thing I?ve had to replace was my clutch but the clutch went out around when they always go out and I learned how to drive a stick in this car ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2007 Scion tC currently has 2 recalls

NHTSA Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2007 Scion tC Base

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall Rollover Rating
4 Star
Driver's
5 Star
Passenger's
4 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
4 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
4 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The tC received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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