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Options on the tC are ordered a la carte and installed at the dealership
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Dealer-installed accessories...can fast inflate prices
full iPod connectivity
Sunroof covers first and second rows
Like many small, stylish, inexpensive cars, Scion offers buyers an enormous array of options to change the look, features, and performance. No 2010 Scion tC is likely to roll out of the dealer identical to any other; dealer-installed accessories always prove popular with young, individualistic buyers.
Now that an earlier base model has been discontinued, the 2010 Scion tC offers an impressive list of standard features. Essentially, buyers need choose only the transmission and vehicle color to have a decently equipped vehicle.
In addition to newly standard iPod connectivity and a Pioneer subwoofer standard across the line, Kelley Blue Book is impressed with "the massive panorama moon roof included as standard equipment on every car." Motor Trend mentions the tC's power "windows, door locks, mirror, cruise control, exterior thermometer, and tilt steering wheel" as a starting point. 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.
But those options can run up the tab quickly on the sub-$18,000 base price for the 2010 Scion tC. And opting for a fully loaded tC could set you back some serious coin. 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. The most notable dealer options for the tC, according to Kelley Blue Book, are: "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, [and] navigation system."
The standard 2010 Scion tC is nicely equipped, with plenty of standard convenience features, but succumbing to the urge to add more and customize may cost you a pretty penny.