2009 Scion tC User Reviews
Sports Coupe 4-Spd AT shown
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- Lots of standard features. Good value for the money. Very popular car to have while in college.
- Lots of road noise particularly at highway speeds. Can't brag about gas mileage.
Purchased As New
The Scion tC is one of the most popular cars among Generation Y; if not the most popular. You get a 100% Japanese import that looks like a Lexus but certainly doesn't sound like one at cruising speeds, due to excessive road noise and strange internal rattles from the hatch.
Still a solid buy due to the inclusion of 17" alloy wheels (with a very nice design), side mirror turn signal indicators, panorama glass moonroof (seen as 2 moonroofs from inside), and audio/cruise control buttons on the steering wheel. All standard features included in a 3 door hatchback that looks like a 2 door coupe.
In the end the 2008,09, and 2010 could of been perfect if they had improved the road noise and kept the original grille (the 05-07 all included a chrome bezel and a honeycomb style design).
In terms of exterior appearance the 08,09,10 tCs look cheaper on the outside with the exception of the new tailights (the new headlight design looks like a weird fusion between the mazda3 and the corolla's headlights). What really kills the 08,09,10 tC's exterior quality and really makes it look cheaper then it's predecessors is the new upper and lower grille designs. The idea of redesigning the upper and lower grille was a mistake from the start.
As for the interior, the appearance is improved over the 05,06,07 due to new silver accents on the door handles which add a bit more color to the mostly black interior. The interior lighting of the controls are also a darker amber orange (the older ones were a yellow) color which gives the tC a more Nissan 350z styled look while driving at night.
In conclusion the tC is a great car over all but could of been a near 10/10 if the newer models kept the older upper/lower grille design.
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