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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.
The 2014 Scion tC is a rather tight two-door coupe, so don't expect any packaging magic inside the tC. All the usual rules of sporty coupes apply here.
Accommodations are snug in front and in back, with tight headroom all around (a sunroof is standard and makes things a bit worse than they could be). Those in front still fare much better than those in back, since the tC is merely a compact. But the front seats are great; they offer lots of grip and support, in the right places, and in the right amounts. There's a good driving position, thanks to their adjustability and strong side bolsters, and a tilt/telescopic driving position fine tunes it just right.
Headroom is far from extravagant, though. It has us wishing the standard sunroof could be an option instead--or for a 'sunroof delete' check box.
Back-seat space is tight, but adults can fit in a pinch. Entry and exit isn't bad, since the front seats have a memory function and flip and slide forward easily. The backrest reclines a few degrees, which almost guarantees a comfortable seating position, even if leg room is tight.
Cargo versatility is also somewhat better than you might expect, with the front seats tilting forward easily and a trunk large enough (with deep side bins) for several roll-on bags.The fine details get an upgrade inside for 2014; the tC now has soft-touch material for the center armrest, as well as new lighter-color seat upholstery and some new “premium materials.” If that means replacing a few of the hard plastics, it's a step in the right direction.
The tC is a bit behind the curve compared to other Toyota and Scion models in bins, cubbies, and general stowage space. Scion puts its USB jack in front of the shift lever, and the shallow bin that's just ahead of it doesn't allow a lot of usefulness. The console itself is a bit too skinny, too, and the glovebox is small.
A relatively roomy cabin and good front seats make the cabin quite appealing, although plasticky trim never transcends the budget-constrained feel of it all.