Kelley Blue Book Value®
$7,544 - $9,948
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
23 City / 31 HWY
Horsepower
180
Seats
5
Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$7,544 - $9,948
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
23 City / 31 HWY
Horsepower
180
Seats
5

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

3.6 Overall Score
Performance 3.1 Comfort 3.3 Styling 3.2 Value 3.1

Editor's Overview

Not quite as sporty as some of its competitors -- many of which offer the option of turbocharging -- the Scion tC's strengths lie in its attractive and well-appointed interior, surprisin...

Scion tC Models & Trims

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2012 Scion tC Owner Reviews

4.49

37 Reviews

65% 22% 11% 3% 1 star 0%

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Cute compact car with roomy back seat for a 2dr hatchback

This was the car I wanted for a long time. Finally purchased it in 2012 it was still fairly new but bought �used� as it had 2500 miles on it. It�s a great car. I don't have any children so the two door issue is not that big of a deal to me. However the older I've gotten (31 yrs old) I do realize it isn't the best for people to climb in and out of the backseat. But with that being said the backseat is pretty big. Especially to be a two door hatchback type car. The bag seat is far bigger than any two door I have been in. That part is all about preference. It hasn't made me want to trade vehicles through. As far as problems with the car I haven't had any real problems since I bought it late in 2012. If you keep the maintenance up on it the car will do it�s part. Now there is one thing I will mention and it seems to have been an issue on a lot of the models. The rubber flap that goes alongside the front window, at the top, sometimes when you would catch a certain speed it would lift up and sound like someone was beating your car to death. However, quick fix. So again no major issues. Overall I love the car. I wouldn't go back and buy a 4 door or a different type car. It�s a good little compact car.

- Amanda C

Most important thing you should know about a car is maintenance.

I would rate this car 8/10. Reliability is at the very top I have had no issues if you maintain the car to good standards you are set with this car mine is over 100, 000 and runs as if it was straight of if the lot. Comfort is great I am around 6’1 and I fit fine passenger seat is comfortable as well and backseats are extraordinary better than most sedans and you actually fit inside. Mine has a Bluetooth touch screen unit with had radio and I love it. Also has a sport mode which makes this car fun and enjoyable for any kind of trips. One problem I would say is stuff suspension, another would be a bit of rattle but those are easy fixes just with a few adjustments. Interior is really nice and back cabin is roomy which makes it good for whoever else you bring in your vehicle. Trunk space is good as well as it is a hatchback.

- Cesar I

The vehicle is average space, many blind spots, and carpet cleaning.

The vehicle is not very comfortable at all. For example the doors actually very heavy. When I first bought the vehicle I did not really feel it. Later they started to feel very heavy. There is also more blind spots than what I expected there to be. The Spacing in the vehicle is an okay average. The Carpet in the vehicle you will have to clean very often and seats are very easy to get damaged if you spill anything you get stains very easily even if you drop water on them. I would get thicker tires than the ones they come with. You also have to keep up with everything in your vehicle running good and do not fall behind on any oil changes. Other than that I think I like the vehicle just would probably get more of a gas saver and not much of a sports.

- Elizabeth H

Ranked #2 Midsize Cars by Owners

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Key Specs

Category Name: Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$7,544 - $9,287
$7,971 - $9,948

Horsepower

Horsepower
180 hp
180 hp

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.5L DOHC SFI 16
2.5L DOHC SFI 16
Interior Features

Category Name: Convenience & Comfort

Alarm

Alarm
Optional
Optional

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Optional

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Optional
Optional

Power Steering

Power Steering

Category Name: Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.8 in.
41.8 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
37.7 in.
37.7 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
34.6 in.
34.6 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
36.4 in.
36.4 in.

Category Name: Entertainment

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional
Optional

Category Name: Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Optional
Optional

Category Name: Seats

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Seat Memory

Seat Memory

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Exterior Features

Category Name: Accessories

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional
Optional

Category Name: Dimensions

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
106.3 in.
106.3 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
37.4 ft.
37.4 ft.

Length

Length
174 in.
174 in.

Width

Width
70.7 in.
70.7 in.
Mechanical Specs

Category Name: Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3060 - 3102 .lbs
3102 .lbs

Horsepower

Horsepower
180 hp
180 hp

Torque

Torque
173 ft. lbs.
173 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
.lbs
.lbs

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes

Performance Tires

Performance Tires

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Category Name: Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
14.5 gal.
14.5 gal.

Combined

Combined
12 - 16 mpg
12 - 16 mpg

City

City
23 mpg
23 mpg

Highway

Highway
31 mpg
31 mpg

Category Name: Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
Safety Features

Category Name: Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Category Name: Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking

Category Name: Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Knee Airbag

Knee Airbag

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety