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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
Dealer-installed accessories...can fast inflate prices
full iPod connectivity
Options on the tC are ordered a la carte and installed at the dealership
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Sunroof covers first and second rows
Scion's niche is providing its customers with the ability to configure their cars with a variety of different looks, features, and performance options; the 2009 Scion tC is no exception.
For 2009, the Scion tC SPEC trim, which was a stripped-down version of the base model, is no longer offered. 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. 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." Other standard equipment, according to Automobile Magazine, includes air conditioning, exterior mirrors with integrated turn signal lights, rear cargo tonneau cover, auto-up/down power windows with jam protection, in-key remote keyless entry, rolling-code engine immobilizer security system, auto-off headlamps, electronic hatch release, chrome-plated exhaust tip, and a unique audio unit cover. Essentially, buyers need choose only the transmission and vehicle color.
Options can quickly inflate the 2009 Scion tC's price. Kelley Blue Book lists what it considers to be the tC's most notable ones: "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 other dealer-installed options." Wheel and tire packages run over $1,000, the supercharger over $3,000, and the navigation system over $2,000, all according to Automobile Magazine. Opting for a fully loaded tC could set you back some serious coin.
The base 2009 Scion tC includes plenty of standard convenience features; but if you want more bang, you'll spend many more bucks.