Founded in 2002, Scion is a marquee of vehicles produced by Toyota Motor Corporation. Toyota’s idea with Scion was to attract younger ‘Generation Y’ buyers. To achieve that goal, Scions are priced low and are easy to accessorize. As of February 2007, the average age of a Scion buyer was 39, the lowest in the industry.
One of the most hyped vehicles in recent memory, the FR-S wowed just about anyone who drove it when it arrived a year ago. But now, the honeymoon is over and it’s time to revisit this baby sports car and see if it still lives up that first drive.
The 2014 Scion tC receives substantial styling updates, a few chassis revisions and a new infotainment unit. Is this enough to transform the tC from a stylish lukewarm hatch into a red-blooded hot hatch?
Over the past few years the sub-compact segment has exploded with new vehicles like the Ford Fiesta and Mazda2. Long before those cars, Scion was early to the game with the xD, but without a major refresh, this econo-box is looking particularly square.
Rather than a wild departure from the first-gen tC, Scion chose to carefully update the 2011 model with improvements in all areas, including driving dynamics as well as added power and fuel economy. But the most telling changes can be found inside.
The second-generation xB has grown considerably from the original, offering a larger package, with lots more storage space and a more powerful engine. Fuel-economy may have suffered in the growth process, but that’s about it, as the boxy Scion continues to be one funky compact.
As the replacement to the bland and generally unloved xA, the 2008 Scion xD – with its tough exterior styling and funky interior – is positively cyberpunk cool by comparison. But will this newest Scion have what it takes to generate the kind of youth-oriented cult following the xB and tC have?
The xB has undergone a complete makeover for the 2008 model year and the xA has been replaced by the much more stylish 2008 xD, but the tC has remained largely unchanged since its debut. Is this a case of “don’t mess with a good thing,” or is it time for Scion to freshen its...
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