2012 Scion Tc

1 Dec

IMG_9528The Scion Tc, a car that is suppose to be a sporty offering from Scion, but stops short at a true sports coupe. The main issue of the Tc is the engine. The car utilizes the 2.5L 4 cylinder from the Camry, which would not be a problem for a car like the Corolla. However, the Tc was suppose to be a sporty car and instead they placed an anemic engine that produces ample power on paper, but in use does not provide any significant thrust. Will it get where it needs to go? Yes, but that’s not the point. The point the car is suppose to be a fun and quick offering from Scion. In order to do this, Scion should have taken the 3.5 L 6 cylinder from the Camry and used that to power this car. With over 200 HP it would have had an abundance of power to play with. The 4 cylinder is boring and the moment you mash your foot on the throttle, the engine whines and revs up, but does not have any sweet spots where the power flows in. This is disappointing because the Tc is a good looking car with the clean lines and cool looking dash. The rear seats even have enough room for full sized adults to sit comfortably. the Tc has all the offerings of a good sports coupe, but does not deliver the power.

IMG_7937This is truly a shame because I enjoyed driving the Tc. The car rides nicely with a sporty feel to the suspension without sacrificing comfort. The visibility is good for a car with such a small windshield.  The steering wheel is flat bottomed and feels good to hold and compliments the actual steering feel. The trunk is actually a large hatch that opens up and gives a large amount of space to fill. This car could have been perfect for a 20 something who wanted something fun, fast, and practical. The Tc missed its mark to stand out from the rest of Toyota’s offerings and been a good addition to Scion. Instead, we get a car that is good, but ultimately forgettable.

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