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STYLING | 8 out of 10
“Handsome and intuitive dash controls”
Car and Driver
“A hatchback hidden within a coupe form”
“too refined for the coolness factor of the brand”
“striking in person”
Sleek and restrained, yet taut and sporty, the 2008 Scion tC might just be the lowest-priced way to get BMW good looks.
By and large, reviewers praise the tC’s restrained-yet-purposeful styling. “We like the tC’s sophisticated look and assertive stance,” compliments Car and Driver. Autoblog, talking about “the snub nose and tear-shaped headlights a la BMW,” feels the tC offers “quite a striking look and [is] unlike anything else in the price range.” Only MyRide.com goes negative, stating their wish for “a more compelling design.”
The tC shows off a few styling tweaks for 2008, “including a mesh grille, lattice lower grille and projector beam-type headlights,” says Kelley Blue Book. These are generally well received, with the exception of The New York Times, whose reviewers find the new grille, with a “fussy diagonal-oval mesh up top that fades to solid at the sides” mixed with “horizontal slats down below,” to be “a bit busy to our eyes.” They feel it spoils “the simplicity we admired in the previous design.”
Motor Trend regards the tC’s insides as a “better-conceived, more feature-rich, interior than inside the other Scions” and comments on the “three-pod instrument panel with attractive, brushed metal faces. The silver center stack reminds of the Infiniti G35,” they conclude. MyRide.com notes the dash and upper door panel textures “Inspired by Japanese stationery,” which they find “different, of good quality, and brings strong Scion brand character to the inside of the tC.”
The 2008 Scion tC has a fashionable shape and interior design that looks like a much more expensive vehicle.