2007 Scion tC Expert Review

You'll Like The 2007 Scion tC If...

If you've been a long-time fan of Toyota's now defunct Celica coupe, you'll like what Scion has done with the tC. Its robust power, long list of standard equipment and low base price are exactly what young consumers are looking for in a fuel-efficient sports car.

You May Not Like The 2007 Scion tC If...

The tC is long on style, but short on rear-seat headroom. At a certain age, you might think the interior is a little too hip - and colorful at night. Drivers taller than six feet may feel cramped behind the wheel.

What's New

The big news for 2007 is the introduction of the bare-bones Scion tC SPEC Package. Designed specifically for the tuner who wants a "clean slate," the SPEC Package includes steel-rimmed wheels with wheel covers, unique front-end treatments and a lower base price.

Interior Features

The tC's interior is Lexus-like in its execution. Fit and finish are flawless, right down to the seamless dash-mounted airbag. New for 2007 are the addition of sun visor extensions and a tire-pressure monitoring system. The instrument cluster is neatly arranged into three separate circular housings, and the center stack is covered with a silver finish. A large aluminum knob is used to control the climate system, and above it resides a Pioneer CD/MP3 player hidden behind a flip-up panel. The front seats are properly supportive, with nice side bolsters and new fabrics. The placement of the clutch, brake and accelerator pedals, however, is unusually close.

Exterior Features

The tC exterior is handsome, but not revolutionary. From the front, the tC resembles a coupe version of Volvo's new S40, with a set of lighted eyebrows borrowed from BMW. Around back, the sleek hatch and side windows look a bit like an Acura. A unique item is the massive panorama moonroof included as standard equipment on every car. The new SPEC Package removes the sporty wheels and rear spoiler, but offers a number of front end treatment options to please the most demanding tuner.

Driving Impressions

The tC has inherited much from its Toyota and Lexus heritage. The 2.4-liter engine sings sweetly, with plenty of pulling power, and the five-speed manual delivers crisp, short shifts. Handling and braking are also well above average, making the tC a very fun car indeed. Front-seat passengers enjoy ample head and legroom, but the rear passengers will have to stoop if they're over six feet tall. The rear area is better utilized by folding down the seats, creating a large cargo hold; the front seat also folds flat, allowing longer items such as surfboards to be stowed with the rear hatch closed.

Pricing Notes

The tC is very well equipped and still has a base Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of just $16,940. The no-frills SPEC package is $15,540. Add in fog lights, side-impact airbags, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and a rear spoiler and the price stays just below $20,000. The tC is a hot commodity and a look at the Fair Purchase Price shows the typical transaction price to be at or slightly above MSRP. The pain of paying closer to retail than dealer invoice for the tC is somewhat soothed by the car's excellent resale value. Over a four-year period, Kelley Blue Book expects the tC to retain one of the highest resale values in its class.

Notable Equipment

The tC has a 161-horsepower 2.4-liter engine, five-speed manual transmission, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, rear defroster, power door locks, power windows, remote keyless entry, tire-pressure monitoring system, power hatch release, automatic halogen headlamps, dual power mirrors, power panorama moonroof, AM/FM stereo with CD/MP3, left-side knee airbag, cruise control, tilt wheel with audio touch controls and alloy wheels.

Notable Options

Options include a four-speed automatic transmission, stainless steel exhaust, carbon fiber trim, ground effects kit, under-dash interior light kit, six-disc CD changer, Bazooka subwoofer, front-side and side-curtain airbags and a host of dealer-installed options.

Favorite Features

iPod Compatibility

The optional iPod connector allows you to control your iPod via the radio. The system is hidden beneath the center console armrest and continually supplies power to the iPod.

LED Interior Light Package

The optional LED interior light package fills the foot wells with neat blue lighting.

Under the Hood

Unlike the xA and xB, the tC gets a big dose of power in the form of a 16-valve 2.4-liter engine. The tC is not as quick as some of its turbocharged rivals, but most people should be pleased with the car's combination of good acceleration and great gas mileage.

2.4-liter in-line 4

161 horsepower @ 5700 rpm

163 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/30 (manual), 23/31 (automatic)

Editors' Notes

The Scion tC has proven to be everything its competitors feared. Smartly styled, fuel-efficient and a blast to drive, the little tC is more than just a good value - it has become the poster child for the lucrative aftermarket parts and customization crowd. Though not as space-efficient as the xA or xB, the tC can comfortably fit two adults and its versatile hatch design makes it easy to load in sports equipment or overnight gear. A near-flawless repair history and excellent resale value are but part of the tC's early success stories. By holding the tC's price well below $18,000, Scion has grabbed a substantial chunk of the all-important youth market, grabbing young buyers who may likely move up to Toyota and Lexus brands as they grow older.

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Pleasantly surprised, super reliable!

2007 Scion tC Base

I bought the Scion tC as a young mother with limited finances because it was in my price range. It wasn't the car I planned to purchase but I liked it enough on first drive to make the commitment but didn't have super high expectations for its reliability. At 12 years old it is still running great and holding up well. In fact, I am now passing the car on to my son. The tC has far surpassed my expectations! With routine maintenance this vehicle has only needed minor repairs that I was able to perform myself at a low cost, I.e. alternator, spark plugs, gas cap, etc. The car gets great gas mileage, has plenty of storage for a hatchback and is fun to drive. The only downside is that the 2-door style causes adults (especially those on the taller side) to have somewhat of a hard time getting in and out of the back seat. The car is comfortable though and I have taken it on many road trips with no issues. I also love the sunroof and moonroof combo of the car! I recommend this car to anyone looking for something affordable and fun but also reliable!

- Andrea S

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2007 Scion tC

Have had a few problems with this car but so far it's been a reliable car! No engine problems so that's always good! I really love the way it drives. It sounds and is fast like a sports car but looks like a modern town car, if that makes any sense. So if you want a car with sports car like features but looks like a in disguised sports car/town car mixed, this is the one for you! I also really love the inside of this car! Its a two door car and it's actually pretty spacey in the back surprisingly! My favorite part of this car is the two moon roofs it has in it! Two! Its amazing lol one thing though that I don't enjoy is that it has bad blind spots on the sides! Sometimes you really have to stretch to look around them! But besides that I haven't really had any major problems with this car! I really enjoy it and hope this helps help someone else decide on a car they want as well!!:).

- Amelia B

Scion TC '07 uses oil quickly compared to other vehicles.

2007 Scion tC

It seems decent on gas. It has held up well from a hit from a deer. I dislike that sometimes it eats oil. If my fiance and I do not keep an eye on it every week or two, it could mess up the engine. It happened to my fiance's brother. He had the same exact model and ended up on the interstate because of the oil. Her mother has one as well and loves it. I personally like how it is a hatchback and we can lay down the seats to make room for things to haul, but I do dislike how we have to make a choice between hauling items or passengers sometimes. We went on a trip with another couple in our vehicle and it was a bit tight. My fiance and I both dislike how low profile the vehicle is because it makes it harder to find tires sometimes, as well as having to be more character about where the car can and cannot go.

- Alex K

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