For the 2007 model year, Scion offers its 2-door coupe model, the tC, in a "spec package" aimed at people who want to do their own custom tuning work. The "spec package" comes at a lower suggested retail price point and includes steel wheels; a fixed-glass roof rather than a power sunroof; a urethane steering wheel; different upholstery, headlight, and grille trim; and a limited palette of colors. In addition to the "spec" version, the 2007 tC also gets a sun visor with a sliding extension, updated seat fabric, and a direct tire-pressure-monitoring system.
OverviewWhile Scion's original xA and xB models were noted for their boxy designs, the 2-door coupe, the tC, has a more traditionally sporty car shape-low, long, and wide-though with remarkable interior room beneath its very large and multi-panel glass sunroof. Standard equipment includes 4-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock technology. An air bag to protect the driver's knees is standard equipment, but side and side curtain air bags are options. Power comes from a 161-hp, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 22 mpg in town and 29 on the highway with a manual transmission, and 23/30 with an automatic.
Designed for young buyers, the tC features a 160-watt Pioneer audio system with a mini-jack port for portable music players. Standard equipment includes a height-adjustable driver's seat with adjustable thigh support, a metal-tone center console, a cast-aluminum temperature control dial, an LCD display that shows the exterior temperature, power windows and locks, air conditioning, cruise control, and keyless entry. The tC also features gauges that have amber illumination with a unique day/night illumination that reverses contrast for easier viewing after dark. The rear seat is split 60/40, reclines at up to a 45-degree angle, and folds flat to extend the cargo floor to 8.5 feet in length.
Like all Scions, the tC can be personalized from a list of components-some from Toyota Racing Development, the company's in-house tuning shop. These accessories include a high-performance clutch, a performance suspension kit, a leather-wrapped shift knob, a sequential-shift light kit, as well as 18-inch wheels, a stainless steel muffler, a rear lip spoiler, and a ground effects kit.
The Scion tC competes in the Compact Sporty segment, which consists of 10 models. Buyers in this segment look for exterior styling, fuel economy, and performance, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Scion tC (79,125), Subaru Impreze (41,148), and Mitsubishi Lancer (23,167). The Scion tC's 79,125 sales in 2006 represent an increase of 6.3 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Compact Sporty segment include the Pontiac Solstice, Hyundai Tiburon, Mazda MX-5, Saturn Ion, and Volkswagen Eos.