2013 Scion tC

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Scion tC. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Steering
  • Smooth-shifting transmissions
  • Crowd-pleaser styling
  • Backseat roominess
  • Seating comfort

The Bad

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

Notable Features of the 2013 Scion tC

  • Available BeSpoke stereo with iPhone integration
  • Six-speed manual or automatic
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Hatchback rear, coupe-like lines
  • Standard Bluetooth connectivity

2013 Scion tC Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Scion's sporty five-seat coupe received a complete redesign for the 2011 model year and has seen few changes since then. 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.
New for 2013
For 2013, a BeSpoke Premium stereo is available, which provides HD Radio, Bluetooth connectivity, iTunes tagging and Pandora internet radio via a connected iPhone. The stereo also works with the BeSpoke iPhone application that consolidates features like Facebook, Twitter and Yelp.
Exterior
The tC's headlights recall the Kia Forte, but a large lower grille helps distinguish the tC as a Scion and visually grounds the car. Though the tC is a two-door hatchback, the shape of the rear side windows accentuates the dropoff in the roofline, providing a coupe profile. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Blacked-out A-pillars
  • Chrome exhaust tip

Interior
A front moonroof and a glass skylight over the backseat are standard. Between these and the fastback roofline, the cabin gets plenty of light, but shoppers will wish the rear window had a wiper. Interior features include:

  • Standard USB port and MP3 jack for connecting portable music players
  • Standard air conditioning 
  • Standard power windows, locks and side mirrors 
  • Standard tilt/telescoping leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio controls
  • Standard cruise control

Under the Hood
Mechanical features includ...

Vehicle Overview

Scion's sporty five-seat coupe received a complete redesign for the 2011 model year and has seen few changes since then. 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.
New for 2013
For 2013, a BeSpoke Premium stereo is available, which provides HD Radio, Bluetooth connectivity, iTunes tagging and Pandora internet radio via a connected iPhone. The stereo also works with the BeSpoke iPhone application that consolidates features like Facebook, Twitter and Yelp.
Exterior
The tC's headlights recall the Kia Forte, but a large lower grille helps distinguish the tC as a Scion and visually grounds the car. Though the tC is a two-door hatchback, the shape of the rear side windows accentuates the dropoff in the roofline, providing a coupe profile. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Blacked-out A-pillars
  • Chrome exhaust tip

Interior
A front moonroof and a glass skylight over the backseat are standard. Between these and the fastback roofline, the cabin gets plenty of light, but shoppers will wish the rear window had a wiper. Interior features include:

  • Standard USB port and MP3 jack for connecting portable music players
  • Standard air conditioning 
  • Standard power windows, locks and side mirrors 
  • Standard tilt/telescoping leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio controls
  • Standard cruise control

Under the Hood
Mechanical features include:

  • 180-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Uses regular gas 
  • Standard six-speed manual transmission 
  • Optional six-speed automatic
  • Front-wheel drive

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags 
  • Front knee airbags 
  • Antilock brakes 
  • Electronic stability system and traction control
  • Active front head restraints

Latest 2013 tC Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Sporty, great on gas!

by TC fan on June 5, 2018

Tons of room, deceiving from the outside. It's a great value for the money. Maintenance is very easy and a very reliable Toyota product. Pioneer stereo is a big plus Read full review

(5.0)

The buck stops here

by Rmpunk from WHITE BEAR LK on April 30, 2018

After driving this car for a while now I can honestly say I'm happy with this purchase a lot of car for the asking price a few things to personally work on but I'm happy with it extremely low milage ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Scion tC currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 Scion tC Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
acceptable
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Scion
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / 25,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    7 years/less than 85,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12, 000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    160- or 174-point inspections

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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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