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2009 Scion tC Review

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A three-quarter front view of a silver 2009 Scion tC

In short: A hip, comfortable, sporty coupe with a great price.

his three-door hatchback makes a good starter car for twenty-somethings striking out on their own for the first time. Well-balanced and relatively budget-friendly, the Scion tC boasts sporty lines, agile handling and a decent four-cylinder engine. Since this vehicle comes in only one trim, it's packed with value, offering among its numerous standard features: turn-signal lights on the power side-mirrors, bucket seats in the front and a panoramic moonroof.

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Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile comprehensive warranty; 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty; 5-year/unlimited-mile corrosion perforation warranty.

Base Price: $17,000 / As tested: $19,174

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, front-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 3-door hatchback

Engine: 2.4-liter, 16-valve 4-cylinder DOHC with VVT-i
Horsepower: 161 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 162 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed manual

Curb weight:
2,932 lbs
Wheelbase: 106.3 in
Length/Width/Height: 174/69.1/55.7 in
Turning circle: 36.1 ft

all-wheel disc with ABS and electronic brake distribution
Suspension: MacPherson strut in front; double wishbone in rear
Traction: n/a

0-60 mph: 8.5 seconds (est.)
Top Speed: n/a

EPA City:
20 mpg
EPA Highway: 27 mpg

dual-stage airbags for driver and front passenger; driver’s knee airbag; front and rear side-curtain airbags; side-impact door beams; first-aid kit; tire pressure monitoring system

Dislikes: n/a

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