2011 Scion tC review: a maverick among Toyota’s youth brand models

The nitty-gritty:

2011 Scion tC Liftback Coupe

Base price: $18,275; as tested, $20,417

Standard Comfort/Convenience accessories include panoramic glass sunroof with power tilt and slide, projector-beam headlights, power windows, power door locks, air conditioning, cruise control, remote keyless entry, 8-seaker Pioneer audio system, auxiliary and USB port with Ipod connectivity, multi-information display, 60/40 split, fold-flat rear seats.
•    Alpine Premium HD Radio, Ipod ready, CD dock: $449
•    Bluetooth hands-free: $299
•    Carpeted floormats and cargo mat: $170
•    Rear bumper appliqué: $55
•    XM satellite radio kit: $449
•    TRD sport muffler: $525

Body style/layout: 2-door coupe, front engine/front-wheel drive
Engine
•    Type: 2.5-liter, 16-valve,  DOHC  four-cylinder
•    Cylinder block/head:
•    Displacement, cc: 2494
•     Horsepower: 180 hp @ 6000 rpm
•    Torque: 173 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm
•    Recommended fuel: unleaded regular
•    Fuel economy, EPA est.: 23/31 mpg city/highway
•    Fuel economy, observed:  27 mpg

Transmission: 6-speed manual

Chassis/Suspension
•    Suspension, front/rear: Macpherson strut / double wishbone
•    Wheels: 18-inch alloy
•    Tires: 225/45R 18
•    Brakes: front, ventilated discs; rear, solid discs
•    Steering: electric rack-and-pinion
•    Turning circle: 37.4 ft.

Dimensions
•    Wheelbase: 106.3 in.
•    Length: 174 in.
•    Height: 55.7 in.
•    Width: 70.7 in.
•    Curb weight: 3,060 lbs
•    Cargo volume: 34.5 cu. ft.
•    Fuel tank: 14.5 gal.

Warranty: 3-year/36,000 mile comprehensive warranty