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2011 Scion tC: First Drive Page 3

 
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2011 Scion tC

Exactly as long overall as before, this year's tC has gotten wider on paper. The span across the interior's not much bigger, but the front seats have. The big bolstered buckets have good grippy cloth all over, and they're wide--so wide, even football builds will feel fine after a few hours behind the tilting, telescoping wheel. We have no kudos here for the standard sunroof, since it robbed me of the 3/4-inch of headroom I needed to avoid contact with the fuzzy roof liner.

In back, we'd give all those missing props. Not only will adult-sized adults get in there easily enough, they'll find a backrest that reclines a few degrees, almost guaranteeing most passengers will find a comfortable seating position. The front seats also have a memory function so when they're flipped forward, they'll reposit themselves as they were before you opened up the doors to the party crowd.

Since Scion puts the USB jack in front of the shift lever, I found more use for the shallow bin ahead of it. The console's a bit too skinny, and in a skin-flint touch, it's all hard plastic, like most of the dash. The glovebox is pretty shallow as well--but the cargo area under the hatch can hold a few roll-aboards and has a pair of deep bins for rattly things like tire gauges.




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  1. the prewvious generation looks better. the new style is awkward.
     
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  2. That C-pillar is just wrong!!!! Yuck!!!
     
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  3. Agreed In fact, it looks like someone grafted on a Jeep Compass C-pillar and rear side window treatment when no one at Toyota/Scion was looking. And no, that's not a compliment.
     
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  4. Not so much
     
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  5. Speaking from the seat of someone who drives an '05 tc, this is a disappointment. Should have been sent back to the drawing table along with the 'new' xB. Toyota sent this whole sub-brand to the back of the bus shortly after coming up with the idea...
     
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  6. As I remember it, when the original tC debuted in '05, there were plenty of the same rants about it being bland-to-ugly, and a big mistake doomed to fail. Memory lapses, folks?
     
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