11 reviews
2012 Scion tC
2012 Scion tC
Available Price Range $7,461-$14,557 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 27 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2012 Scion tC

Our Take

Scion's sporty five-seat coupe received a complete redesign for the 2011 model year and sees few changes for 2012. Powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, the tC competes with coupe versions of compacts like the Honda Civic, Mini Cooper and Volkswagen Golf.Bluetooth connectivity with a... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Cabin materials
  • Road noise
  • Firm ride
  • Crude climate controls

Notable Features

  • 2.5-liter four-cylinder
  • Six-speed manual or automatic
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Hatchback rear, coupe-like lines
  • Newly standard Bluetooth connectivity


Our Expert Reviews

Editor's note: This review was written in August 2010 about the 2011 Scion tC. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what's new for 2012, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years. Sometimes it takes a redesign to remind you just how good a car's previous generation had been: the inaugural Ford Mustang, the E39 BMW 5 S... Read full review for the 2012 Scion T C

Consumer Reviews


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Highly Recommend!

by Flip321 from NJ on June 25, 2012

The 2012 tC is a truly great car. I have always been into Scion tC's, and I am a fan of the new redesign, when compared to the first generation. Personally, I like that the car is bolder, but not too ... Read Full Review


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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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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