If I had to sum up the 2016 Scion tC in two words, they would be fun and economical. With its 2.5 liter engine pumping out an unstressed 179 HP and 172 lbs-ft of torque, there’s plenty of power for all of your needs; it even has an Eco mode! Its styling has remained largely unchanged since 2011, but it doesn't need of a revamp to evolve over time while retaining its muscular lines.
The tC touts the seven-inch Pioneer touchscreen display audio, which includes convenience features such as Bluetooth and voice recognition. Bluetooth was a breeze to connect and the Pioneer was crisp and gave great sound. A smart key and pushbutton start are standard features on the 2016 model, but it lacks navigation and phone controls on the steering wheel which I found distracting.
The ride on the tC was stiff yet acceptable, and the cabin road noise was upgraded from the previous model years I have driven. I did enjoy the tC's aggressive looking front end and headlights, and was pleased to have the rear folding seats to accommodate my groceries.
Driving the tC both on the highway and in city, I found the fuel economy great and the steering crisp and responsive. In conclusion I found the 2016 Scion tC not only a great buy starting at $19k, but a great everyday driver for the city or highway alike. And with its new aggressive styling, this is definitely a car to appreciate.
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By Fred Torres