An Honest Look at the Scion tC, the Young Person’s Camry Coupe

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When a car is factory-fresh, you can look to the typical web and print mag reviews to get a feel for what people think about the car. However, having done a number of press drives, I have to be honest and admit that it’s not always indicative of what a car is like to live with every day. In the case of Scion’s best seller, the tC, initial impressions tend to swing pretty far off the long term experience. The early cars had shoddy plastics and dubious build quality wrapped around a bulletproof powertrain. What about the later tC, did Scion get it’s act together before it went bust?

YouTuber YZTV Shows Us 7 Things He Hates with His 2014 Scion tC

So, what does this owner think of his compact Camry coupe?

Oh dear, seems that some of the aforementioned QC issues are still around. The typical squeaks, rattles and tinniness has permeated the interior and plastics of this Scion tC. Another issue of cost-cutting is the lack of cargo cover for the rear hatch. Anything you leave in the trunk can be sized up by enterprising thieves.

Beyond that, our friend Ryan seems to be upset with the limitations of a front-wheel drive economy car. The lack of power; automatic transmission and lack of traction put a damper on the fun. Perhaps the FR-S should be on his radar as a replacement. It may not be substantially more powerful than his tC, but with less weight, rear-wheel drive and a manual transmission, it sounds like he could be in business.

[via YZTV]

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