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2012 Scion tC Comfort & Quality

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Riding on the same overall length as before, but slightly wider than in the first generation, today's Scion tC hasn't expanded interior space too much. That's not an issue for front-seat passengers, and those in the back won't be squished too badly, though there's not an excess of spread-out space.

We like the support and grip found in tC's front bucket seats. More so than many economy coupes, the tC chairs are well bolstered, and it's a snap to find a good driving position with all the adjustments available to the seat and the tilt/telescoping wheel. We wish the standard sunroof were an option, since it trims about three-quarters of an inch of valuable headroom from a car that's already quite low.

The tC's interior suffers from a small back seat and lower-grade trim.
The back seat isn't entirely inhospitable for adults. They can enter and exit with less difficulty, since the front seats have a memory function and flip and slide forward easily. Once inside, those passengers will find a backrest that reclines a few degrees, which almost guarantees a comfortable seat, even if leg room is in short supply.

Since Scion puts the USB jack in front of the shift lever, we found more use for the shallow bin ahead of it. The console's a bit too skinny, and in a skin-flint touch, it's all hard plastic, like most of the dash. The glovebox is pretty shallow as well--but the cargo area under the hatch can hold a few roll-aboards and has a pair of deep bins for rattly things like tire gauges.

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