2015 Scion tC

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Key Specs

of the 2015 Scion tC. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of the 2015 Scion tC

  • Front-wheel-drive coupe
  • Seats five
  • Manual or automatic transmission

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.

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What Drivers Are Saying


Such a fun car to drive

by Kasia from Chicago il on August 10, 2018

Love my scion. Have Owned It for 2 Months now. Drives like a dream. Has a really nice rumble to it stock. Sound system is amazing. Wind noise when sun roof is open. Read full review


Looking toward my future

by Michele from Houston, TX on June 26, 2018

The style of my Scion tC is beyond reproach. Everyone I know is now officially jealous. I love to see it at the car wash and detail shop, shining in the sun. I don't drive fast...people need to be ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls


The 2015 Scion tC currently has 2 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2015 Scion tC Base

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


Lower leg/foot
Overall evaluation
Retraints and dummy kinematics
Structure and safety cage

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage


Roof Strength


Driver Head Protection
Driver Head and Neck
Driver Pelvis/Leg
Driver Torso
Overall Side
Rear Passenger Head Protection
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
Rear Passenger Torso
Structure/safety cage
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 / 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 warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    160- or 174-point inspections

  • Roadside Assistance


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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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