Comfort and Quality » 6
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QUALITY | 6 out of 10
The cockpit boasts plenty of contemporary shapes, but it trades the first tC’s near-Volkswagen materials for Corolla-grade trimmings
rotten street surfaces extract their payment from the chassis and 225/45 tires in the form of some jiggles and the occasional jarring thump
Car and Driver
thick, leather-wrapped steering wheel instills confidence and ensures that drivers have their hands full — literally and figuratively
Rear seat legroom is pretty much as you'd expect – tall passengers won't want to be behind a tall driver, though comfort is surprisingly decent once in place
The rear seat would be nice enough, if there were legroom to go with it.
It's more of a styling standout, but the 2013 Scion tC isn't much larger than the first-edition coupe. Front-seat passengers still fare much better than those in back, since the tC's the same overall length than it was in its first generation, if a little bit wider this time around the block.
The sporty seats in front of the tC offer lots of grip and support, in the right places, and in the right amounts. Proper bolstering for a car in its class gives the tC the ability to provide a good driving position, and drivers will find the adjustments they need from the tilt/telescoping steering wheel and the seat itself. Headroom is far from extravagant, though, which makes us wish the standard sunroof was an option instead--it shaves almost an inch of valuable space away from the tC's cabin.Those in the back won't be squished too badly, though there's not an excess of spread-out space. Adults 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 it's not inhospitable at all: the backrest reclines a few degrees, which almost guarantees a comfortable seating position, 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.
A cramped back seat and some plasticky trim drag down the tC's cabin.