2014 Scion tC Expert Review

3.5 Overall Score
Performance 3.0 Comfort 3.2 Styling 3.1 Value 3.0

Editor's Overview

Accounting for 40 percent of all Scion sales since the company’s inception, the 2014 tC coupe has triumphantly flourished where others have failed. By offering an enticing combination of price, styling, cutting edge entertainment features and a wide range of custom add-ons, Scion’s tC has won a loyal following that's less concerned with speed and power than they are with fun and functionality.

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The Scion tC for 2014 offers a balanced blend of driving enjoyment, good fuel economy and cutting-edge audio connectivity as to make it an easy choice for most first-time buyers. Numerous accessories and aftermarket parts allow nearly infinite customization options, and the big rear hatch provides excellent cargo hauling potential.

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Performance expectations don’t always live up to the promise offered by the tC’s good looks. If you’re looking for a seat of your pants thrill ride, the 2014 Scion tC would be better substituted with Scion’s FR-S sports coupe. An abundance of black inside the tC’s cabin is another detractor.

What's New

The 2014 Scion tC receives a new front end, LED accent lights and a freshened interior. A new standard audio system incorporates a 6.1-inch touch screen, while a new 6-speed automatic transmission is programmed for quicker shifts and features rev-matching technology. A limited-production 10 Series edition is also offered.

Interior Features

For 2014, the Scion tC receives a modest interior upgrade with better seat materials and more contrasting trim on the dash. Color, however, is still absent from the overly black and gray interior palate. The tC’s driver’s seat is adjustable enough for all shapes and sizes, and rear-seat passengers will be surprised by the amount of room they actually have. Dials and instrument clusters have a round theme that is pleasant and manages to be Spartan without looking like anything is missing. A 60/40-split folding back seat allows trips to actual supermarkets, not just convenience stores.

Exterior Features

The 2014 Scion tC’s biggest change can be seen up front, where a new wide-mouth lower grille is topped by a longer hood and new headlights with LED accent lighting. New 18-inch wheels feature a dark gray finish with contrasting machined-spoke surfaces. Where other, smaller coupes in its class can look excessively what-you-see-is-what-you-get, the tC coupe looks aggressively playful. The limited edition Scion 10 Series features Silver Ignition paint, silver seat belts and a solar-powered illuminated shift knob.

Driving Impressions

The tC driving experience has always been the biggest source of debate in regards to the car’s designation as a sports coupe. Improvements to the 2014 Scion tC move the needle a bit more to the Yes column, but not definitively. A 6-speed automatic transmission lifted from the Scion FR-S now features downshift rev-matching technology and is a vast improvement over last year’s automatic. But, we still prefer the 6-speed manual gearbox both for its light clutch pedal and precise, quick shifts. Road manners and chassis feel are improved for 2014, with stiffer calibrations for the springs, shocks and stabilizer bars, as well as a retuned electric power steering setup. Low-rpm engine response is quite good but revving out the 2.5-liter four generates only average thrust. Compared to other coupes in its class, it’s not nearly as powerful or capable, though for city driving it’s probably good enough for most buyers.

Pricing Notes

The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) on the 2014 Scion tC coupe starts just under $20,000 with the 6-speed manual transmission. The 6-speed automatic adds about $1,000 to the bottom line. The tC Series 10 has an MSRP just a shade over $22,000. Resale values on the Scion tC have held up well for previous models and the 2014 should be no different, though the arrival of the excellent Scion FR-S rear-drive coupe may have some impact by pulling away the more sport-minded drivers. For the best picture of what 2014 Scion tC models are selling for in your area, check out the Fair Purchase Price on KBB.com.

Notable Equipment

The 2014 Scion tC carries great youth-appeal cred with standard equipment that includes 18-inch wheels and the impressive Pioneer sound system. That sound system includes a new 6.1-inch LCD touch screen and HD Radio capability, and you can connect your phone to it as long as you’re running Bluetooth 2.0 or higher. There are two microphones in the ceiling-light array to help facilitate use of the hands-free phone option. Toyota’s Star Safety System is also standard and features eight airbags and traction and stability control along with active front headrests.

Notable Options

Factory options for the 2014 Scion tC are narrowed to a few items, chief among them the BeSpoke audio/navigation upgrade, rear spoiler and sportier TRD springs and anti-roll bars. A new 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode and downshift rev matching is also available. Aftermarket options for the 2014 Scion tC are as extensive as they are for all other Scion models.

Favorite Features


Offered as an enhancement to the standard touch-screen radio, the BeSpoke audio system includes full navigation as well as the Aha smartphone app service that allows access to 30,000 free radio stations including Scion’s own station featuring 17 separate music channels.


Personalization is a consistent Scion theme, and between the factory and the aftermarket, it’s easy to make your tC really your tC. There are many forums, groups and clubs dedicated to Scion customization.

Under the Hood

All 2014 Scion tC trim levels carry a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, producing 179 horsepower and 173 lb-ft of torque. Both manual and automatic transmissions are 6-speed units. The automatic’s new rev-matching technology allows smoother downshifts and changes gears twice as quick as the old automatic in the 2013 car. The manual transmission’s clutch could be accused of being soft but the bolt-action precision of its shifter largely offsets that concern.

2.5-liter inline-4

179 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm

173 lb-ft of torque @ 4,100 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/31 mpg

Editors' Notes

The sporty 2014 Scion tC coupe isn’t the quickest 2-door on the market, and it is eclipsed in the fun-to-drive department by Scion’s new FR-S rear-drive sport coupe. But, the tC continues to hold appeal to buyers looking for an affordable and fun coupe loaded with high-tech audio and add-on features all for a price in reach of anyone who can secure a car loan. Toss in an enviable reliability and resale history, a usable rear seat and improvements to the car’s performance abilities and the tC seems destined to thrive.

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It is comfortable to ride in.

Love this car. Have not had a problem with it (knock on wood). My model is a manual which is so fun to drive. It also has lots of room, which surprises people since it does look small from the outside. The fold down seats with the hatchback trunk makes is so I can carry large items as well as a lot of items at once. I transported a large bookshelf from Chicago to Milwaukee comfortably. Engine performance is great. Very good car. Highly recommend.

- Jordan E

The scion tc is an awesome car love the interior design.

I have a 2014 scion tc I bought it used so far I haven't had any issues with the cars performance I do however dislike the 2 door and roomy-ness I like the cars radio and how the car drives the oil changes are kind of expensive and now that I live in a different place it does not do good up and down the gravel road I have to travel now over all it is s great car for someone who does not have a family to drive around.

- Heather L

Sporty but not luxurious.

This is a basic car with a few bells and whistles. It is supposed to look sporty, so it has a spoiler, sunroof, and bright red. The most up to date feature the car has is touch screen with no navigation (scion wanted to charge $1000 for navigation). The car has no heated seats or mirrors. The average gas mileage is 28. The back seats fold all the way down and can recline.

- Anna R

My vehicle is a silver color with a hint of blue in the right lighting.

My vehicle is reliable, and seats comfortably. I feel safe when I drive it anywhere I go. I think it has plenty of room in the backseat for a coupe car. It drives well and provides and smooth ride on the road. With most coupe cars you feel enclosed but with the Scion tc 10 series coupe you do not notice you are in a smaller car. It feels like you are riding in a sedan.

- Leah P

It's reliable- doesn't break down- and is good for travel

I have the release series. It has a specialized color called silver ignition which has a blue-Gray color to it which is very unique. The scion logo lights up blue. The miles per gallon is decent. It's better for travel in snow/rain than my previous vehicle (slides less). I like the touch screen radio with controls on the steering wheel. Love the moon roof.

- Stephanie M

Great reliable vehicle, drives great, looks great, is great.

As a first time driver of a Scion, I was a little nervous, but I love this car. It drives smoothly, it is fast, safe, and reliable. I love the features as well. I really enjoy riding with the sunroof open listening to music. The touch screen radio is a really nice feature as well. Bottom line, great reliable vehicle.

- Gillian S

2014 scion tc - great vehicle to own.

Excellent and reliable vehicle, have had this vehicle for about 5 years, and no issues, only had to change the brake pads and tires so far. Car is comfortable, and fold down seats make it great for storage / hauling items. Car is spacious even in the back seats for passengers. Great look, great car all around.

- Walter T

Overall my car is a sporty collectors item.

I love my car. It is one of Scion's 10th year anniversary cars and will be worth a lot of money in years to come. It's everything that I wanted when I bought it (manual transmission, coupe, sporty). Despite my love for my car, I have had problems with a fan sound in the engine. It happens periodically.

- Whitney F

It reserves gas using eco mode.

I love that my vehicle is able to reserve gas, and use an eco-mode that helps when traveling a far distance. I admire the outside & inside design of the vehicle. I admire that not only it reserves gas but also that it has a sports mode to give the perception to the driver that they own a sports car.

- Israel V

The 2014 Scion tic is a practical and sporty, fun to own vehicle.

I have never had a problem with my 2014 Scion tic. It runs great all year, it is not even bad in the snow. The inside is roomy and comfortable for road trip. If you are looking for a sporty and fast car, this is the one for you. I have never owned anything as fun as this car!

- Jordan W

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