• Apr 12, 2011
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The redesigned 2011 Scion tC coupe has officially earned a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Thanks in part to no fewer than eight airbags, the little Scion managed to ace the government's collision and rollover tests.

The tC features driver and passenger airbags, seat-mounted side airbags, driver and passenger knee airbags and side-curtain airbags.

In addition to its impressive airbag tally, the car also packs ABS, traction control, stability control, brake assist, electronic brake-force distribution and Smart Stop technology to help prevent the airbags from ever having to deploy. Click past the jump to see the full press release.



Photos copyright ©2011 Jeff Glucker / AOL

[Source: Toyota]
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Scion tC Receives Five Star Overall Rating for Crash Tests
TORRANCE, Calif. (April 12, 2011) – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the all-new 2011 Scion tC sports coupe, a top overall rating of five stars.

The New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), a consumer information program created by NHTSA, rates vehicles to determine crash and rollover safety. The test ratings are gathered during controlled crash and rollover tests conducted at the NHTSA research facilities. The announcement was released on the NHTSA website www.safercar.gov.

All Scion models meet or exceed the safety requirements of the federal government and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The tC comes standard with a total of eight supplemental restraint system (SRS) airbags including driver and front passenger airbags, seat-mounted side airbags, driver and front-passenger knee airbag, and side curtain airbags.

All 2011 tCs come standard with Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Traction Control (TRAC), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Smart Stop Technology (SST).

Additional safety features include a tire pressure monitoring system and newly adopted active front headrests.

The all-new Scion tC, which went on sale in October 2010, has an impressive list of standard features including, 180 horsepower, 6-speed transmission, 18-inch alloy wheels and a 300-watt 8-speaker audio system.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      lets see if Safety can help sell Ugly.....bring back the previous version....
      • 3 Years Ago
      Always been bland always will be interior is a tragic nightmare just like the new Kia Optima.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I agree with those who say this thing is Bug Fugly. Even if it was often called, feminine," the previous model TC looks tons better. This thing looks very awkwardly stretched and ill-proportioned. It's like a very bad chop job.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Front end feels is300ish
        • 3 Years Ago
        Rear 3/4 panel is godzilla-ish.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's too bad crashing it wont make it look any better.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Am i in the minority here? I think this car looks pretty descent (pictures and colour don't do justice) ... Compared to the civic at least. And for the price range and with the equipment you get .. It's a pretty attractive deal.
        • 3 Years Ago
        ..... and then you open the door and look at the interior.

        The material quality is worse than that of a B-segment vehicle and the cost cutting is very obvious. The steering wheel is the only nice thing about the interior.
      • 3 Years Ago
      A five-star crash rating for a car that looks like it's been in a rollover. Now that's irony.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The tC is powered by an all-aluminum, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 161 hp and has variable valve timing.The tC has a wide variety of standard safety features like - Four-wheel antilock brakes, Seat-mounted side-impact airbags, etc..
      2011 tc(http://www.scion.com/takeonthemachine/)
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is some sexy beast!!!!!!!!!!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Sarcasm is hard to notice on the internet.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @iScream,..............;>).......;>)
      • 3 Years Ago
      It can be safe, but is bland/ugly as hell.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I don't think it's bland at all. In fact, you can't really be bland and ugly at the same time, since being bland requires that you be very generically pleasing. Cars like the old bug eyed Imprezas were arguably ugly but that didn't make their design bland.

        So I'll buy that some people think this car is ugly but it's anything but bland. Love it or hate it the "visor" design is gonna be coming on a lot of coupes in the future, just look at the Quattro concept.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I agree.
        Look at all the blind autoblog haters post when something about Honda is posted here. The scream, wail how bland Honda's are. If cars like the Crosstour, Ridgeline, Element, CR-Z...are soooooo bland, why do they generate so many emotional responses. If they were bland, they would generate zero response.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm sure women will enjoy knowing that they will be as safe as possible while yapping on their cell phones and applying make up while driving.

        At least...

        that's what I usually see in a tC.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wouldn't bet against Toyota. Their Prius hybrid remains a winner nearly unchanged what, 11 years after it's introduction? The batteries aren't having to be replaced for the most part even in the early models. They got it nearly right that long ago. When you buy a Toyota, you know exactly what you are getting, and that is dependability and economy ( even if somewhat boring).
      • 3 Years Ago
      I know! Seriously LOL. We all know it's a Toyota, nothing to see here.
      Next~
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