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2013 Scion tC

The Scion tC is a well-built and well-equipped yet affordable coupe from sub brand Scion. The new generation 2013 tC is a lot of improvement over the previous generation of it, it has higher horse power and better gas millage. This sports coupe is targeted toward young people who want to own a good looking car at an affordable price. One of the main USP of this car is: it can be customized according to the taste of the owner.

Interior is quite specious for a compact coupe with good amount of head room and leg room for front passenger and driver. Being a three door compact it requires a little effort to enter the back row after sliding and bending the front seats. Side windows are small for the back row but the moon/sun roof and the large back window allows lots light for the rear passengers. There are decent amount of leg and head room in back row.

Cost cutting is visible on the dashboard; plastics look hard and shiny. Controls are neatly arranged and well placed. The sound system does not look that pricy but it produces impressive sound with 8 speakers. Seats are wider and support its sporty look.

Standard features in the base trim level include keyless entry, air-conditioning, cruise control, full power accessories, 18-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and an eight-speaker Pioneer sound system with a CD player. The limited edition of Scion tC RS 8.0 gets different a lowered suspension, an aerodynamic body kit, sport centre exhaust, paddle shifters (automatic transmission) and special interior trim.

Apart from these factory fitted features Scion tC can be upgraded with several features provided by dealer as options.

The 2013 Scion tC comes with safety features like stability and traction control, antilock brakes, front knee airbags, front side airbags and side curtain airbags.

Scion tC does not have the engine of a sports car but the 2.5 Litre 180 horse power (20 more horse power than its predecessors) engine is decent enough for city driving with decent fuel economy; 23mpg in the city and 31mpg on the highway. The inline-4 engine produces 173 pound-feet of torque. A 6 speed transmission is standard and an option of 6 speed automatic transmission is available. The manual one can reach 0-60mph in just 7.6 seconds while with automatic transmission it achieves 0-60 in 8.3 seconds.

The cargo area of the Scion tC is another notable advantage of this car. The huge hatch opening makes it practical. The sixty-forty foldable back seats increase the cargo capacity up to a great extent.

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2011 Scion xB

Scion’s xB is the Toyota‘s youth-oriented brand. The xB is bigger, more powerful, and has bigger wheels and more safety equipment. Scion says Americans wanted an xB with more power and room, although lack of room never has been an issue with the xB.

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2011 scion xb

The xB has been selling small 4-door station wagon/crossover vehicles retaining the old version’s general look, boxy shape, front-wheel drive and 5-occupant capacity.

Scion‘s xB has a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine with 128 horsepower, compared to the xB’s 2.4-liter 4-cylinder, which produces 158 horsepower and replaces a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder with 103 horsepower. The engine works with a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 4-speed automatic transmission.


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The xB’s automatic is responsive. The manual transmission shifts crisply, but gets notchy if rushed and works with a light but long-throw clutch.

The xB costs $15,650 with a manual transmission and $16,600 with an automatic. It has a good amount of standard equipment, which includes air conditioning, cruise control, tilt wheel with audio controls and power windows, mirrors and door locks with remote keyless entry.

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Title › 2011 Scion xB

Front-seat side airbags and front/rear side-curtain airbags are standard, as are a vehicle stability control system with traction control and anti-lock brakes.

The Scion xB is heavily customizable, Scions are offered with everything from custom shift knobs and larger alloy wheels with wider tires to upgraded brakes and vehicle lowering kits. There are also customization option like performance clutches, suspension modification parts for better handling—and so on.

Steering is quick, and the ride is supple. Handling is good, and braking is strong. Estimated fuel economy is 22 mpg in the city and 28 on highways with both manual and automatic transmissions.

2011 scion xb road test

2011 scion xb

Large outside door handles assist entry, and front seats provide good side support when snaking through curves. Doors have small storage pockets and bottle holders. Occupants sit upright and have a good view of surroundings. There’s lots of room both front and—most especially—in back. The middle of the back seat is comfortable. The cargo area is spacious and can be made considerably roomier when the rear seatbacks are flipped forward.


Scion xB Features

5-Door Wagon 5-Spd MT

Exterior, Design, Paint & Finish
– Front and Rear Body Color Bumpers
– Body Color Front Air Dam
– Metallic Paint (If Selected)

– Tilt Steering Column
– Power Rack and Pinion Steering
– Telescopic Steering Column

– Cruise Control
– 7000 RPM Tachometer
– Warning Lights Include Brake System, Door Ajar, Electrical System and Oil Low
– Digital Clock
– Steering Wheel Mounted Controls For Audio
– Maintenance Interval Indicator
– Exterior Temperature Gauge
– Tire Pressure Monitor
– Trip Computer With Average Fuel Consumption and Trip Odometer

– 26-mm Front Stabilizer Bar
– Independent MacPherson Strut Front Suspension With Coil Springs and Shock Absorbers
– Semi-Independent Torsion Beam Rear Suspension With Coil Springs and Shock Absorbers

Remote Controls & Remote Releases
– Remote Fuel Door Release
– Keyless Entry Operated Via Key Fob

Exterior Lighting
– Complex Surface High Beam and Projector Beam Low Beam Halogen Headlights

– Front Dual Reclining Bucket Seats With Driver Adjustable Seat Height and Adjustable Headrests
– Rear 60/40 Split Folding Bench Seat With Adjustable Headrests
– Cloth Seats

Braking & Traction
– Vehicle Stability Control System
– Electronic Brake Force Distribution
– Traction Control
– Brake Assistance
– Front Power 275-mm Ventilated Disc and Rear Power 279-mm Solid Disc Brakes
– 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes

– 2 Front and 2 Rear; 4 Cupholders Total
– Front Covered Lower Console Storage Located On Floor
– Second Row Underseat Storage
– Cargo Area Tie-Down Hooks
– Front and Rear Door Mounted Storage
– Glovebox
– Cargo Organizer

Engines & Emissions
– ULEV II Emissions
– 2.4-Liter, I4, VVT-i 16-Valve, DOHC, SEFI Engine; Front/Transverse Mounted With Horsepower Of 158@6000, Torque Of 162@4000, Alloy Block and Alloy Cylinder Head
– Extended Service Interval For Distributorless Ignition
– Free Scheduled Maintenance For 24 Months or 25,000 Miles
– Roadside Assistance Warranty For 25,000-Miles, 24-Months

– 5-Speed Manual Transmission With Overdrive

– First Aid Kit
– Front and Rear Side Head Curtain Airbags
– Passenger Airbag Cutoff Sensor
– Driver Airbag With Dual Stage Deployment
– Front Pretensioners With Force Limiters
– Side Guard Door Beams
– Seat Mounted Front Side Airbags
– Front and Rear Automatic Locking Retractors
– Front and Rear Crumple Zones
– Passenger Airbag With Dual Stage Deployment
– Rear 3-Point Center Seatbelt
– L A T C H
– Front and Rear 3-Point Seatbelts
– Front Seatbelt Height Adjusters

Anti-Theft & Locks
– Power Door Locks Operated Via Remote and Internal Switch With Automatic Locking
– Child Safety Door Locks Located On Rear Doors

Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning
– Manual Air Conditioning

– Battery
– Front Power Outlet
– Audio Pre-Wiring

Interior, Design, Decor & Floor Covering
– Carpet Located In Passenger Cabin and Cargo Area

Entertainment, Communication & Navigation
– Radio Antenna
– Pre-Programmed Equalizer
– Front Auxiliary Audio Input Jack
– USB Port
– Pioneer(R) AM/FM Radio With 160-Watts; Speed Sensitive Volume and 6 Speakers Total; CD Player; MP3/WMA Player
– iPod(R) Auxiliary Audio Input Jack Includes Portable Audio Connectivity and Charging

Wheels & Tires
– SBRP205/55R16 All-Season Tires
– Steel Wheels, 16-In. X 6.5-In.
– Compact Spare Tire

Windows, Mirrors & Wipers
– Intermittent Windshield Wipers
– Dual Body Color Folding Power Adjustable Signaling Exterior Rearview Mirrors
– Front Dual Vanity Mirrors
– Rear and Side Privacy Glass
– Front Dual Sunvisors
– Power Window Lockout/Override
– Rear Window Defroster
– Power Windows With Driver One-Touch Down
– Rear Window Wiper/Washer


Scion xB Specifications

5-Door Wagon 5-Spd MT

Standard Engine 2.4L I4
Standard Transmission 5 Speed Manual
Cylinders 4
Horsepower @RPM 158@6000
Fuel Economy Cty/Hwy 22 / 28
Combined Fuel Economy 24
EPA Class Small Wagon
Number of Valves 16
Torque @RPM N/A
Fuel Type System Gas Engine / Sequential Electronic Fuel Injected, Sequential Port Fuel Injected Sequential, Multi-Port Fuel Injected
Turbo (Yes/No) No
Overdrive Transmission Yes
Battery Output N/A
Compression 9.8:1
Displacement 2362 / 144
Bore X Stroke 3.48×3.78
Cruising Range 336 miles
Final Drive Gear Ratio Opt N/A
Power to Weight Ratio 19.1
Final Drive Ratio No
Valves Configuration Dual Overhead Cam / Twin Overhead Cam
Supercharged No
Electric HorsePower RPM N/A
Electric Torque Feet Per Pound N/A (foot-lbs)
Electric Torque RPM N/A
Electric HorsePower BHP N/A

Interior Dimensions
Seating (Standard) 5
Seating (Optional) N/A
Tow Capacity (Standard) NR
Tow Capacity (Maximum) NR
Headroom (Front) 40.0
Headroom (Row 2) 41.2
Hiproom (Front) 52.7
Hiproom (Row 2) 46.7
Legroom (Front) 40.7
Legroom (Row 2) 38.0
Shoulder Room (Front) 55.8
Shoulder Room (Row 2) 54.7
Seating (Maximum) 5
Headroom (Row 3) N/A
Hiproom (Row 3) N/A
Legroom (Row 3) N/A
Shoulder Room (Row 3) N/A

Brakes, Steering, Suspension and Tires
Brakes (Front) Disc
Brakes (Rear) Disc
Driveline Front Wheel Drive
Driveline (Opt) N/A
Steering Rack & Pinion
Steering Diameter Left 34.8
Steering Diameter Right 34.8
Suspension (Front) Independent
Suspension (Rear) Semi
Tire Type Passenger
Tire Width 205 mm
Tire Aspect Ratio 55
Tire Construction Radial
Tire wheel Diameter 16 in.

Capacity and Volume
Cargo Volume (EPA) 22 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume (MFR) 22 cu. ft.
Fuel Capacity 14.0
Passenger Volume (EPA) 101
Passenger Volume (MFR) 100.8 cu. ft.
Box/Cargo Height N/A
Box/Cargo Length N/A
Box/Cargo Width (Wheel) N/A
Box/Cargo Width (Wall) N/A
GVWR Standard N/A
GVWR Maximum N/A
Payload Standard N/A
Payload Maximum N/A

Exterior Dimensions and Weight
Curb Weight MT 3020
Curb Weight AT N/A
Ground Clearance 5.1
Height 64.7
Length 167.3
Top Type (Standard) Hard Fixed
Top Type (Optional) N/A
Track (Front) 60.0
Track (Rear) 59.8
Weight Distribution AT (Front) N/A
Weight Distribution AT (Rear) N/A
Weight Distribution MT (Front) N/A
Weight Distribution MT (Rear) N/A
Wheelbase 102.4
Width 69.3
Doors (Standard) 4
Doors (Maximum) 4

Crash Test Ratings, Sales and Origin
Crash Test Rating Not Listed
Sales Volume N/A
Where Built Japan

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2010 Scion xD

This calendar year, 2007, is the year to revisit Toyota’s youth car brand, Scion.

Scion has revamped two of its

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three models and even given one car—it’s lowest-priced and the only one not recommended by Consumer Reports magazine this year—a new name.

The short Scion xA, 5-door hatchback grows wider, more powerful and rides on a new platform and larger wheels


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when it arrives in showrooms as a 2008 model in summer 2007.

It also has a new name—Scion xD—and improved styling and standard equipment that are bound to generate greater appeal than the xA had.

In fact, the old xA shape that looked to me like the back end had been lopped off is replaced by a substantial, boxier style.

Mark Templin, Scion vice president, noted the 2008 xD “is dimensionally closer to the (current Scion) xB than the xA.” It’s not surprising. Scion’s boxy xB—it looks like a tall, small van/wagon—has become “the icon of the brand,” Templin said.

Higher starting price expected

Scion won’t reveal exact prices until closer to the August 2007 debut of the xD at dealerships, but it’s likely to

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Title › 2010 Scion xD

be up from the approximately $13,000 starting mark for the current xA.

New standard features include cruise control, curtain airbags and side, seat-mounted airbags.

The xD’s fuel economy rating, unfortunately, will be lower than the exemplary 32 miles per gallon in city driving and 37 mpg on the highway rating for a manual-transmission xA.

But the xD will still rank among the most fuel-thrifty autos on sale. Scion estimates the 5-passenger, 2008 xD with manual transmission will be rated at 27/33 mpg. It will be 21/38 mpg with automatic.

The drop is in part because 2008 cars are subject to new government fuel economy calculations; the xD is 285 pounds heavier than the xA it replaces and has a larger 4-cylinder engine.

2010 scion xd

2010 scion xd Road Test

Who buys a Scion?

Young drivers likely know Scion, which was launched just four years ago by Toyota as a way to attract new buyers.

At the time, Toyota officials worried that the youngest car shoppers didn’t aspire to own a Toyota because of the brand’s conservative image, even if its vehicles were known for reliability and durability.

So Scion became a new brand sold at Toyota dealerships, and Scion’s small, front-wheel-drive cars with four-cylinder power have done well with youth.

Like buying into a lifestyle

An eager Scion buyer excited about the brand and all the cool accessories available to personalize his or her car won’t see the xD as an inexpensive, little car.

2010 scion xd

2010 scion xd Review

Rather, it will be a nimble-handling, easy-to-park, blank canvas on which to add special touches. Who can’t love that?

I did notice road noise inside the test xD from the 16-inch tires. Note these are larger than the 15-inch-in-diameter tires on the xA.

And even with the increase to 128 horsepower in the xD’s 1.8-liter four cylinder over the xA’s 103-horse 1.5-liter four, the engine can sound buzzy when pressed.

But while the xD’s gauges are in the typical spot, they aren’t typical. The speedometer and tachometer share space in one round dial.

A strong-sounding Pioneer audio system with six speakers and iPod adapter and auxiliary input are standard. A subwoofer and satellite radio are accessories.

The 60/40 split back seat of the xD can be cozy for three adults, but I liked that everyone, front and back, sits up nicely from the pavement.

Seats have a decided foam feel to them, and while they’re not plush, they’re covered in attractive materials. But I couldn’t easily work the recline lever as I sat in the back seat. There’s a full 10 degree recline angle back there, but I wound up climbing out of the car to work the lever at the top side of the seat and adjust the recline before getting back inside.

Notice the gaps between the metal body panels on the xD. Scion made sure they’re narrower than those on the xA to convey a more quality look.

The space in the wheel wells between xD tires and body metal also is less for the same reason.

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