The youth-oriented 2009 Scion tC is getting a bit long in the tooth with nearly the same design that it had for its intro nearly five years ago, but it's still one of Toyota's more daring designs.
Except for a new face, grille, and projector headlamps for model year 2008, the 2009 Scion tC soldiers on with its generally well-liked styling. These are well received overall, 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." "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," contends 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." Those looking to make their tCs stand apart from the rest will no doubt appreciate that dealers offer "a wide array of...styling upgrades," notes Edmunds.
"The only change for 2009 happens inside," states Cars.com, "where the seat fabric is updated." 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." "Overall, the interior has a nice mix of textures and a rich appearance for its price," asserts Cars.com.