2014 Scion TC | DRIVEN

The best looking compact coupe in the game.

Photos & Story: Evan ‘Evo’ Yates

 

Even though FR-s is the Scion that gets most fanfare these days, the TC exceeds every expectation as it’s the best combination of looks, driver experience and price. At first glance, the TC is both beautiful and bold. The chiseled roof and body lines certainly make a statement as it seems to have a slightly pissed-off attitude which really works for this type of car. Everything about the TC is stylish from the headlights and taillights to the tuner-ish front fascia. The TC is definitely one of those cars that you never get tired of seeing in your garage.

The interior is surprisingly comfortable and quite convenient. The new 6.1″ LCD screen up front is easy to use and integrated well with my iPhone. All the gauges are easy on the eyes and the seats are comfortable while keeping you in place at the same time. There was also something about the interior that made you forget you were in an affordable vehicle and that’s rare as the interior is usually the first thing to go on cars under $25,000.

The most impressive and surprising attribute of the Scion TC is the driving experience as a whole. Admittedly, I was under the impression that most Scions had an ‘economy’ feel to them and that couldn’t be further from the truth with this car. The TC was peppy from light to light, it took corners with little effort and there wasn’t any notable noise at high speeds. The TC only falls short on the highway as it’s definitely not built for the top end but that does little to thwart a predominately positive experience. I know people are probably going to flame me for this, but for around town driving I actually prefer the TC over the FR-S! (I’m not really a die-hard sports car guy, sorry).

On top of everything you get with the Scion TC, the price drives it home as you get a lot for around $20,000. If you’re in the market for an economy coupe and don’t wan’t to sacrifice much, the TC is hands-down the only option on the market.

 

Damage: $23, 165

Power: 179 hp, 172 lb.-ft.

0-60: 7.3 sec

Gas Cash: 23 City, 31 Hwy

Miles Driven: 350