Its only coupe compromise being a lack of headroom, the 2008 Scion tC impresses with its blend of fantastic materials, ergonomics, and comfort.
“Front-seat passengers enjoy ample head and legroom," says Kelley Blue Book, but Cars.com and most others report that “front headroom is marginal.” ConsumerGuide likes “the firm seats with snug side bolsters” and points out that “the driver seat adjusts for height and thigh support--a nice touch--but legroom is only adequate, and headroom is tight for taller adults.”
By coupe standards, many consider the rear respectable, though it's even more problematic in the headroom department. “The 60/40 split rear seats are roomy and comfy for two,” remarks Car and Driver, but “headroom is lacking due to the glass ceiling and long, sleek hatch.” Edmunds attests that “rear riders will also enjoy the split seat backs that can individually recline up to 45 degrees.”
Value, fit and finish, and ergonomics have long been Toyota hallmarks, and Toyota’s ownership of Scion shows throughout the tC. Car and Driver praises the “smart, upscale interior with rich fabrics, plastics, and metallic-look accents,” and is pleasantly surprised that “the large HVAC knob actually is aluminum.” “Fit and finish are flawless, right down to the seamless dash-mounted airbag,” gushes Kelley Blue Book. They and others appreciate the instrument cluster that is “neatly arranged into three separate circular housings” and the center stack that “is covered with a silver finish,” finding the treatment far more appealing than the strange center-pod speedo in Scion’s other models.
That all of this goodness is available starting south of $18,000 is remarkable. “Even with XM Satellite Radio, an automatic transmission, DVD navigation, premium audio and upgraded wheels, the tC remains well under $25,000,” points out Kelley Blue Book, who expect “the tC to retain one of the highest resale values in its class” over a four-year period.