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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
“top-floor list of standard equipment”
Car and Driver
“notable is an optional supercharger”
“160-watt stereo is standard”
New York Times
“poster child for the…aftermarket parts and customization business”
Kelley Blue Book
From functional to frou-frou, the 2008 Scion tC’s lengthy list of standard and optional features adds up to a highly configurable vehicle.
The tC’s standard features list is impressive, especially given its sub-$18,000 price of entry. Motor Trend mentions the tC’s power “windows, door locks, mirror, cruise control, exterior thermometer, and tilt steering wheel” as a starting point. And in addition to newly standard iPod connectivity and a Pioneer subwoofer standard across the line, Kelley Blue Book is impressed with “the massive panorama moonroof included as standard equipment on every car.”
An interesting option for the tuner crowd is the availability of the tC SPEC model, which eliminates the moonroof, sport seats, subwoofer, and other items, in the process shaving $1,700 off the already low base price. This not only decreases the car's curb weight, but it saves buyers money, resulting in a vehicle “just good enough to get you from the showroom floor to the tuner shop,” quips the New York Times.
New for ’08 is the tC Release Series 4.0 RS. Autoblog mentions that this package, which rings in at a pricy $2,700, “ups the style quotient of the base model with a DAMD body kit, new upper grille and rear spoiler, all coated in Galactic Gray Mica.” There are similar interior aesthetic upgrades, but it all adds up to what Jalopnik considers “an appearance package only a 17 year-old could love.”
Kelley Blue Book lists what it considers to be the tC’s most notable optional features: “four-speed automatic transmission, carbon fiber dash applique, ground effects kit, fog lights, Pioneer Premium audio, high-performance engine and suspension components, under-dash interior light kit, navigation system and a host of dealer-installed options.”
With ample standard and optional features, Toyota and TRD can build a 2008 Scion tC to your tastes.