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2015 Scion tC

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$10,511 — $17,283 USED
5 Seats
26 MPG
Key specs of the base trim
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Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Acceleration
  • Decent handling
  • Well-sorted manual transmission
  • Lots of features for the money
  • Large backseat
  • Many a la carte accessories

The Bad

  • Cut-rate cabin quality
  • So-so gas mileage
  • Ride comfort with 19-inch wheels
  • No high-tech safety features
  • Forward visibility
  • Needs a rear-window wiper
2015 Scion tC exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2015 Scion tC
  • Front-wheel-drive coupe
  • Seats five
  • Manual or automatic transmission

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Our Take

from the expert editorial team

Despite the 2015 Scion tC’s diminutive size, reviewer Kelsey Mays says the front-wheel-drive hatchback is a lot of car for the money. For around $20,000 with destination, the redesigned Toyota-made tC gets Avalon-like exterior styling cues

What Is the 2015 Scion tC?

The 2015 Scion tC is a five-seat coupe available in two trim levels: Base and Release Series. Front-wheel drive is the only drivetrain. Competitors include the Honda Civic coupe and Kia Forte Koup.

What's New on the 2015 Scion tC?

Scion tC models with the available six-speed automatic transmission get steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles.

How Does the 2015 Scion tC Compare to Other Coupes?

Compared with coupe versions of the Civic or Forte, the Scion tC offers a range of desirable features for a reasonable price but isn't as fuel-efficient or as high in cabin quality. Though not as refined as the Hyundai Genesis Coupe, the Scion tC serves as a worthwhile option for drivers whose primary concern is value.

What Features in the 2015 Scion tC Are Most Important?

Under the hood of the Scion tC you'll find a 179-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine connected to a six-speed manual transmission. The manual can be swapped for a six-speed automatic.

Notable standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, LED taillights, a power moonroof, a 6.1-inch touchscreen audio system, front bucket seats, a split-folding rear seat and air conditioning. Significant options include 19-inch wheels, foglights, a spoiler, leather upholstery and a navigation system.

As required in all new vehicles from this year, the 2015 tC gets front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system. Front-seat side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags and knee airbags are also standard.

Should I Buy the 2015 Scion tC?

The Scion tC delivers impressive acceleration and decent handling, especially with the manual transmission. You'll get a lot of features and a large backseat for what you'll pay, but overall cabin quality is low. You may find it worthwhile to pay a little extra for a coupe with a more refined interior. High-tech safety features aren't available for the Scion tC, and gas mileage is only so-so.'s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with's long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don't accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of's advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

2015 Scion tC Overview

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Vehicle Overview

The Scion tC was mildly refreshed last year in an effort to make it more appealing while it shares showroom space with the ... Read More

Consumer Reviews

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Get yourself a Scion Tc!

by ScionTCDriver1 from Bridgeport, CT on December 16, 2018

Fun to drive, reliable, comfortable behind the wheel. The car looks great, sounds greats and drives great. Definitely recommend test driving one of you haven’t already. Read full review


Most fun car I owned

by LordTiger from Orlando, Fl on November 26, 2018

It met all my driving needs and had the extra umff when needed. I regret having sold it and I look forward to buying it again in the near future. Read full review


Recalls and crash tests


The 2015 Scion tC currently has 3 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2015 Scion tC Base

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Moderate overlap front

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New car and certified pre-owned programs by Scion

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    7 years/less than 85,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12, 000 miles

  • Powertrain

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    160- or 174-point inspections

  • Roadside Assistance


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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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