2016 Scion tC

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$11,495–$19,971 Inventory Prices
(4.7) 9 reviews

Key Specs

of the 2016 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
2016 Scion tC exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2016 Scion tC

  • New 7-inch touch-screen stereo standard
  • Front-wheel-drive coupe
  • Seats five
  • Panoramic moonroof standard
  • Manual or automatic transmission

2016 Scion tC Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Scion tC is a front-wheel-drive coupe available with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Competitors include the Honda Civic coupe.

New for 2016
A rear-window windshield wiper and keyless access with push-button start are now standard along with a new audio system with a 7-inch touch-screen.

Significant Standard Features

  • 179-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Rear-window wiper
  • Power moonroof
  • Split-folding rear seat
  • LED taillights
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Navigation system
  • Fog lights
  • Rear spoiler
  • 19-inch wheels
  • Leather upholstery

Latest 2016 tC Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Latest Reviews

(4.0)

Great reliable car

by Yadiel on December 5, 2017

I have own four tC in the past and by far this is the best one . Even tho the radio feature on the 2015 are better, the actual interface and responsiveness on the 2016 is better. I love this car so ... Read full review

(4.0)

not as good as the 2007 version

by sports truck on November 12, 2017

I don't like some of the interior storage changes or seat changes they made from the 2007 version. I use it as a truck and the front seat no longer lays flat Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Scion tC currently has 2 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Scion tC Base

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

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
acceptable
Overall evaluation
acceptable
Retraints and dummy kinematics
acceptable
Structure and safety cage
marginal

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
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
acceptable
Overall Evaluation
acceptable
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
acceptable
Structure and Safety Cage
marginal
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Scion

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, lease available, rental car, travel protection, vehicle history report and toll-free assistance line

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    Comprehensive: 12 months/12,000 miles from date of purchase. Powertrain: 7 years/100,000 miles from original date of first use. Roadside assistance: 1 year from date of purchase
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 85,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 160 point inspection and reconditioning.

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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.*

Third-row access

N/A

Infant seat

C

Booster

(second row)

F

Booster

(third row)

N/A

Latch or Latch system

D

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

N/A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

C

Rear-facing convertible

B
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker