• Aug 6, 2010
2011 Scion tC – Click above for high-res image gallery

In case you missed it, Scion tossed us the keys to its new 2011 tC coupe and we dutifully put it through its paces out in San Diego and wrote up a First Drive report. You should read it. But if you won't, here's one salient bit of data that we thought was worth sharing again: $18,275.

Yep, you guessed it. That's the starting price of the 2011 Scion tC, and don't forget to tack on another $720 for destination. Buyers who'd rather let the six-speed automatic do the shifting for them will need to shell out an additional grand over the standard six-speed manual. We'd advise sticking with the manual, but we know 70 percent of buyers will disagree...

Want one? Scion promises the 2011 tC will hit dealerships on October 1st, so you'd best start saving your pennies now.



[Source: Scion]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Don't forget the interior - it looks like its from a 70's / 80's mini-pickup (complete with the mismatched "after-market" radio).

      Maybe Toyota and Honda can get together on a deal..... Buy a TC and get a CR-Z free!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not really on topic, but why is there even a destination charge. It's not like you can "avoid" it. Why not just make the MSRP $18,995. It's not like the MSRP is the same in every country, so why not just "bake" that into the price. I know it's just a "trick" to make the price of the car appear lower (in this case that destination charge is about 4%). I can't think of anything else in the world that prices stuff like that.

      Me at a store to the clerk: "I would like to buy that Snickers bar."
      Clerk:"It's $1.00, but there is a $0.04 destination charge."
      Me: "So.....it's $1.04?"
      Clerk: "Yes."
      Me: "Why not just say it's $1.04?"
      Clerk: "Because it's not. It has a MSRP of $1, but you know, shipping isn't free."
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's kinda like that .9 on the end of a gas price. Just round it off to the nearest penny.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought Scion was in the basic transportation business. This seems far too expensive.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Some of the feature come standard, sure. But $19K?

        Come on, people call the Cruze a disaster at $17.5K. And they might be right!

        This is $1.5K more and you have to pony up even more cash for an auto tranny.

        It seems like a lot of people will be driven to new brands or the used market by price bumps.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why do they even bother putting out the 18,275 number if they are going to tack on 720 more instantly?

      The car costs 19 grand.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What company do you know of that does not tack on a destination charge?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought scions were cheap in price. 18, 275 dollars is not cheap .

      I think had this car came out in the mid 90's it would have been received a lot better, the style is just dated . I can see Toyota try to make it more sport, in a strange way it looks a bit muscular but the roof line just gives it a 2004 Hyundai accent look and that car was not the best looker out there!

      my advise to Toyota is price it like the accent at 13, 275 dollars...This car is going to have to be cheap to get sales . 18,275 can get you a lot better out there like the KIA forte koup loaded just about and out of the dealer room....the forte koup is much better looking then this!

      I may bash toyota a lot for their crap as of late but I do believe toyota can find it's roots and be back on the top again. this tC just is not the root back
      • 4 Years Ago
      Too expensive for the demographic in my opinion. Or for the car even. There are so many other cars at this price range which are better, like the Fiesta, Fit, Mazda 3, or even the Mini. To be honest I was too lazy to check whether those cars were all in the price range, but I'm sure they are all close, depending on the options you get.

      I wonder if Scion is going to die. It'd be neat if they brought out an entry level RWD car though, for the demographic. Maybe they could just put it with a 3 cylinder turbo or something, then it would be affordable, appeal to the teens, and have some tuning possibilities.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good to know.

      Would love to see the sales numbers of this car in near future.
        • 4 Years Ago
        it'll tank like the second gen xB. Whoever does Toyota's market research needs to be fired.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't find most Toyota's to be especially bad looking, aside from the Avalon, but this car does not appeal to me in any way.

      Did they make it flat like that on purpose?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes. That's the point. I'm glad it doesn't look like melted butter. It stands out.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope the flat roof doesn't become a trend. It makes the car look dated.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Holy spaced-far-apart pedals Batman! No heel-n-toeing for you!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Over priced turd.

      I had some D-bag "try" to race me one night in a fart canned, stickered up, manual trans tC. I was driving my wife's completely stock 2005 Ford Escape XLT Sport. 3.0L V-6, 200hp, 200 lb-ft, four speed automatic.

      I SMOKED THAT MOTHA F-A. By about two cars lengths at 60 mph. He even had the balls to chase me down and start talking some crap too. Loser.

      So, tC morons. If you see the new 240hp Escape with the six-speed auto...you're toast. Somehow, I bet the little I-4 automatic Escape will even take you too.

      Rice burners! Get a real car, losers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The roof on the new tC isn't butchered as bad as the CTS coupe's rear end...
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