2007 Scion tC

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2007 Scion tC

Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Seating capacity

174.0” x 55.7”


Front-wheel drive



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

2 trims

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Notable features

  • 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 review: Our expert's take

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.

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.

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.

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.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.2
  • Interior 4.4
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value 4.6
  • Exterior 4.7
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews


Still stunning after all these years.

My 07 tc has 135000 miles on it. I change the oil regularly and keep up on scheduled maintenance so it's still able to do the 90 mph on the freeway. My only complaint is the cheap plastic material they apolstered the bucket seats with. Being the third owner of this vehicle The seats are showing some ware that is evident of how this cloth was manufactured.


Nice size car for my granddaughter. Oil consumpti.

This vehicle oddly consumes a great deal of oil. It does not leak or smoke and goes thru about two quarts a week, I have had to replace rims as they cracked and the tires went flat. Other than that it has been a very nice car for my granddaughter to go back and forth to the university


Just purchased a month ago

Just purchased a used 2008 Scion tC and I love it so far , it’s stylish, pretty comfortable for a 2 door compact car and handles very nice. The sun and moon roof is very cool. The power is pretty good, at low rpms, it feels zippy and peppy. The car is really fun to drive there’s tons of aftermarket upgrades to customize the Tc. This car is just a bang for your buck as you can find a good and clean Tc for a good price. Recommend the car for a first time driver or someone who just wants a good looking good driving reliable car for a reasonable price.

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