My birthday recently passed (it’s never too late to send gifts!), and one of the best gifts I received was the opportunity to drive the 2015 Scion tC for an entire week while I rang in the big 2…well, none of your business. When the blue streak metallic coupe (which could also get away with being a two-door hatchback) pulled up in front of my home, I was immediately taken with it. The tC had a sporty look without being a sports car, and the roomy interior, specifically the back seat and trunk, allowed me to transport everything from luggage to shopping bags and massive bags of clothes I was donating to the local Goodwill. I also liked that you can push down the seats in the back if you’re hauling larger items around town. Off the bat, I was impressed.
But how does it drive? Well, my fiancé and I had planned a trip to the Poconos in Pennsylvania to celebrate not only my birthday but our anniversary and engagement. We packed up the tC and used it as our mode of transportation for our much-anticipated weekend in the Poconos Mountains. Keyword: mountains. Navigating the area as I drove there, we were constantly going up and downhill, which made the automatic transmission’s paddle shifters and dynamic rev management quite useful. It helped me shift gears when going down steep hills or dealing with steep inclines. And the car is an extremely smooth ride, even on very rough surfaces, which we encountered quite a bit as we navigated around Stroudsburg (shout out to the uber cozy Flower Field Inn & Cottages!).
The engine is quiet but powerful, allowing me to focus on jamming to my playlists on my phone (the car has Bluetooth for you to connect your devices) via the amazing audio courtesy of Pioneer. We drove the car all over the place. To the Delaware Water Gap, to local restaurants, adventure locales, and to sightsee. The Poconos Mountains has so much of the greenery and beauty that the concrete jungle of New York doesn’t. Throughout all that, the car held up just fine.
Something else that stood out to me was not only the space for passengers (the vehicle can seat five), but the space for me as the driver. I’m quite the daddy long legs in coupes, but I was comfortable in the tC. For such a small car, legroom, as well as the height of the car, kept me from feeling cramped. And this car isn’t bad on gas, with 23 miles per gallon on the city cycle and 31 miles per gallon on the highway. I only filled this car up one time during our trip and twice during the week that I had it after taking the car to another state and all around Brooklyn and Manhattan. And may I add, the car was small enough to slip into some tight parking spaces. If you know the struggle to find parking on the street in NYC, what with all the friggin’ street sweeping they do, you understand how important this is…
It’s not perfect, and I’m sure it’s not the first coupe most people would flock to, but to me, the 2015 Scion tC is a winner. And it’s affordable! $21,155 for the automatic, $20,005 for the manual. It’s a great ride for the urban dweller ripping and running around the city, but it’s also a great car for anyone looking to take it for weekend getaways or longer road trips. The sunroof (or moonroof as Scion calls it) is a great perk, as is the cozy bucket seats you can sink down into, the keyless remote entry, the amazing sound system, and the bold design. It’s a car that stands out, and is meant for the individual who is looking to do the same. I tried it and loved it (I already miss my beloved blue streak!), and I think you will too.