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5 Fast Facts About the 2013 Scion tC

3/12/2013
Consumers seeking a sporty, affordable, and safe 2-door coupe with seating for 4 passengers may want to consider the 2013 Scion tC. The tC is less expensive and roomier inside than the new Scion FR-S, and the tC is equipped with front-wheel drive whereas the FR-S offers rear-wheel drive. Though not a sports car like the FR-S, the tC is a sports coupe, and like other Scion models is dressed in "mono-spec" trim, meaning that it is offered with a comprehensive list of standard features that can be upgraded with options. Here are 5 more facts about the 2013 Scion tC.

1. The 2013 Scion tC is equipped with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine generating 180 horsepower and a 6-speed manual gearbox delivering power to the vehicle's front wheels. A 6-speed automatic transmission is optional. According to the EPA, regardless of transmission choice the Scion tC is expected to get 23 mpg in the city, 31 mpg on the highway, and 26 mpg in combined driving. All Scion tC models come standard with free scheduled maintenance during the first 2 years or 25,000 miles of ownership.

2. In addition to an automatic transmission, options for the 2013 Scion tC include a premium audio system providing Bluetooth calling and music streaming, satellite radio, Pandora Internet radio, social media applications, and more. Additional options include floor mats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, fog lights, a rear spoiler, and other functional and cosmetic upgrades. There are also performance-oriented improvements from the Toyota Racing Development catalog, including larger wheels and tires, as well as performance-oriented suspension, braking, exhaust, and transmission components.

3. Though it is called a coupe, the 2013 Scion tC is actually a 3-door hatchback. Despite its compact exterior size, the tC offers 14.7 cu.-ft. of cargo volume behind its rear seats, about the same as a midsize sedan. Fold the rear seats down, and the tC supplies 34.5 cu.-ft. of cargo room.

4. Safety is a Scion tC hallmark. This vehicle is equipped with 8 standard air bags, traction control, stability control, and a brake override system that makes it impossible for the tC to accidentally accelerate if the brake pedal is pressed. A first-aid kit is also standard, and the tC's 4-wheel-disc braking system features ventilated front discs for improved cooling and stopping capability. In crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the tC earns a 5-star overall rating, the highest possible. The tC is also named a "Top Safety Pick" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

5. For the 2013 model year, Scion is building 2,000 examples of a limited edition tC Series Release 8.0. It is painted Absolutely Red, and includes a special exterior body kit, a lowered sport suspension, a center-exit exhaust system, and unique gloss black aluminum wheels.