2008 Scion tC Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Classic Silver Metallic
Kelley Blue Book Value®
$4,654 - $6,406
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
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MPG (up to)
21 City / 29 HWY
Horsepower
161
Seats
5

How 2008 Scion tC Ranks In Its Class

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#11
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#6
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#4
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Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

You'll Like The 2008 Scion tC If...

If you were a long-time fan of Toyota's discontinued Celica, 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 coupe.

Scion tC Models & Trims

chevronDown icon Spec $4,839 - $6,406
Horsepower: 161 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 16 x 6.5, 18 x 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum, Steel
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Horsepower: 161 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7.0, 18 x 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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Owner Reviews

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2 star
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Great car for single people!

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The scion is a great compact car for new drivers. It is very sensitive to the touch, and easily responsive to the drivers movements. The car is comfortable but it is very compact. It has a small backseat which would not be comfortable for backseat drivers. It is a good car for single people, or the widowed. Works well for young people. But it is not a family size car. Very reliable car, I drive 80 miles on the highway at least 2-3 times a week and the car easily endures the driving. My scion has around 100, 000 miles and still works incredibly well. Would recommend.

Marcia F
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Scion TC - Our Travel Car

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The only problem we have had with this car is there was a crack in the gas can and it was a relatively inexpensive fix. The problem was found when we failed the emissions test. Besides the one problem, our car has been good to us. It rides smooth and has plenty of room for us. We like the trunk space as we use the car to travel a lot. We also like that the car gets much better gas mileage out on the highway for this same reason. Where we live has a lot of stop and go traffic so the gas mileage often tends to be on the lower side.

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Looks great. And cool lol.

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Some scion tics may have many performance parts available (sometimes dependent on the trim level). Out of the pool of available performance parts, we have narrowed down to the best parts available. The basic idea of performance parts is to optimize your scion tic's chassis and engine to operate at its fullest potential. In regards to engine performance, the parts you can get for your engine range from something basic like a cold air intake to a more complex system such as a turbo kit or supercharger kit.

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Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$4,839 - $6,406
$4,654 - $6,161

Horsepower

Horsepower
161 (hp)
161 (hp)

Bluetooth

BackUp Camera

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.4L DOHC MPFI 16
2.4L DOHC MPFI 16
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Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Alarm

Alarm
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

BackUp Camera

HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
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Standard
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Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Rain Sensing Wipers

Heated Mirrors

Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
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Standard
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Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
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Not Available
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Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
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Not Available
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Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
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Standard
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Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
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Standard
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Standard

Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
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Standard
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Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
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Standard
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Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.6 (in.)
41.6 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
37.6 (in.)
37.6 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
33.6 (in.)
33.6 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
36.6 (in.)
36.6 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
12.8 (cu. ft.)
12.8 (cu. ft.)

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
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Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

AUX Input

AUX Input
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Standard
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CD Player

CD Player
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Standard
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Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

AC

Dual Zone

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Passenger Seat

Heated Front Seats

Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
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Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

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Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Steel
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
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Optional
Optional
Optional

Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
- TBD -
- TBD -

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
106.3 (in.)
106.3 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
36.1 (ft.)
36.1 (ft.)

Length

Length
174 (in.)
174 (in.)

Width

Width
69.1 (in.)
69.1 (in.)
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Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
2900 - 2955 (.lbs)
2987 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
161 (hp)
161 (hp)

Torque

Torque
162 (ft. lbs.)
162 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
- TBD - (.lbs)
- TBD - (.lbs)

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
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Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
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Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
14.5 (gal.)
14.5 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
25 (mpg)
25 (mpg)

City

City
21 (mpg)
21 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
28 (mpg)
29 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Overdrive

CTV Transmission

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Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
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Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
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Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
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Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
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Stability Control

Traction Control

HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Adaptive Cruise Control

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Blind Spot Monitor

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
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Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
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Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
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Standard
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Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
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Standard
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Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
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Standard
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Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
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Standard
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Knee Airbag

Knee Airbag
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Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides consumers with information about crash protection and rollover safety.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit group which conducts safety testing beyond federal regulations. "Good" is the highest rating.

Moderate Overlap Front
A
Side
A
Roof Strength
N/A
Driver-side Overlap Front
N/A
G
Good
A
Acceptable
M
Marginal
P
Poor

Safety Features

  • Anti-lock brake system (ABS) w/electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) *
  • Driver & front passenger dual-stage airbags (SRS) -inc: passenger occupant sensor
  • Front seat mounted side airbags
  • Front & rear head curtain airbags
  • Driver knee airbag
  • Driver & front passenger 3-point seat belts w/pretensioners & force limiters
  • (3) 3-point rear seat belts
  • Child safety rear door locks
  • CRS top tether anchor brackets & lower anchor latches
  • First-aid kit

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

J.D. Power Ratings

JD Power's Initial Quality Study measures issues with a vehicle the first 90 days after purchase.

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Safety Recalls (2)

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Equipment > Other > Labels Oct 1, 2009
Report Receipt Date:
Oct 1, 2009
NHTSA Campaign:
10V036000
Summary:
SOUTHEAST TOYOTA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2006-2009 SIENNA PASSENGER VEHICLES FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 110, "TIRE SELECTION AND RIMS." THESE VEHICLES WERE SOLD BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 1, 2005 AND JUNE 2, 2008 WITHOUT THE REQUISITE LOAD CARRYING CAPACITY MODIFICATION LABELS.
Consequence:
A DRIVER MAY OVERLOAD A VEHICLE WHICH MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE LOAD CARRYING CAPACITY MODIFICATION (ADDENDUM) LABEL FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING MAY 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SOUTHEAST TOYOTA AT 1-954-420-2000.
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Equipment > Other > Labels Jan 26, 2010
Report Receipt Date:
Jan 26, 2010
NHTSA Campaign:
10V035000
Summary:
GULF STATES TOYOTA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2005-2010 VEHICLES FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 110, "TIRE SELECTION AND RIMS." THESE VEHICLES WERE SOLD BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 1, 2005 AND JUNE 2, 2008 WITHOUT THE REQUISITE LOAD CARRYING CAPACITY MODIFICATION LABELS.
Consequence:
THIS DOES NOT MEET THE STANDARD REQUIREMENTS.
Remedy:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE CERTIFICATION LABEL, THE TIRE AND LOADING INFORMATION LABEL, AND THE LOAD CARRYING CAPACITY MODIFICATION (ADDENDUM) LABEL FREE OF CHARGE. DEALERS WILL ALSO CORRECT THE OWNER'S MANUAL. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING MAY 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT GULF STATES TOYOTA AT 713-580-3300.

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