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STYLING | 8 out of 10
styling has become a bit familiar
Car and Driver
looks more aggressive than its Toyota siblings
At a certain age, you might think the interior is a little too hip
Kelley Blue Book
gets only revised interior fabrics
Now six years old, the 2010 Scion tC is clearly long in the tooth. Its design is less daring than accepted, and only projector headlamps and a new grille in 2008 have changed it since its 2005 launch.
Still, its styling has won the tC fans over the years. 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." Car and Driver agrees, complimenting the Scion tC's "sophisticated look and assertive stance." On the negative side, MyRide.com wanted "a more compelling design." And The New York Times grumbled that "fussy diagonal-oval mesh up top that fades to solid at the sides" mixed with "horizontal slats down below" was just "a bit busy to our eyes" and ruins "the simplicity we admired in the previous design."
Last year's changes were limited, notes Cars.com, to the inside, "where the seat fabric is updated." (This year the sole change is one new paint color.) "Overall, the interior has a nice mix of textures and a rich appearance for its price," asserts Cars.com.
But the interior has been appreciated since the launch of the Scion tC. MyRide.com calls the dash and upper door panel textures "inspired by Japanese stationery," which they felt was "different, of good quality, and [brought] strong Scion brand character to the inside of the tC." And Motor Trend calls the tC's insides a "better-conceived, more feature-rich, interior than inside the other Scions." They were particularly struck by the "three-pod instrument panel with attractive, brushed metal faces. The silver center stack reminds of the Infiniti G35," they conclude-high praise indeed for a car at this sticker price.
Finally, those owners who want their tCs to stand out from the crowd will no doubt appreciate that dealers offer "a wide array of...styling upgrades," notes Edmunds.
The 2010 Scion tC's shape is less radical than when it was introduced, but it has aged well. And its highly rated interior design can be personalized with dozens of accessories available from the dealer.