What's Wrong With This Picture: Lost In Translation Edition

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
what s wrong with this picture lost in translation edition

Scion shows off the tC “Release Series Six” edition, which boasts a 70s muscle car-inspired graphics package, complete with a not-in-any-way-indicative-of-engine-displacement “6.0” on the flank. Think of the look as Yee-haw meets Ichiban, but because it’s a Scion tC it’s neither cool nor particularly fast. Poor Scion…

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  • Trollthattellsthetruth Trollthattellsthetruth on Feb 09, 2010

    Hey y'all. It's funny because I drive the 2007 model of this car. Well, now that everyone is bashing Toyota and Scion, I figured that someone has to come and try to restore the balance. You see, I used to hate Toyota as well, and I used to feel very liberal, but after watching the ways that some people behave, well, I feel that I am a moderate and a Toyota fan. This car is, indeed, long in the tooth. It, however, isn't "a Corolla coupe" or "shares the same platform." I might be wrong, but the Toyota Avensis was one of, if not, the first car to earn 5 stars in the EuroNCAP tests for its class. The tC is, regardless of what other people say, not a bad car. It's no WRX, no Civic Si, no Mini Cooper S, and no muscle car. It was a compact car that was mis-marketed as a celica replacement. There are stereotypes (I would say negative) about people driving this car and they do seem to be true. It rattles, rolls, and doesn't handle like a "sporty car," but it's also very safe, smooth, relatively quiet, and gets decent gas mileage. It also is not SLOW for its class. There are people that get around in 660cc engines so we should be happy to get a 2.4l in a compact car. This is basically just a rant and you can talk about how someone like me is a poor spokesman for this company and such but really, Toyota is still a good car company.

    • P00ch P00ch on Feb 09, 2010

      Most will probably agree that the Scion is a decent compact commuter car but the badging writes a cheque that this car simply cannot cash. Anything with RS or 6.0 on its flank is usually backed up by a serious performance upgrade.

  • Gsnfan Gsnfan on Feb 09, 2010

    If they stick a 6 liter engine in there, it could really change Scion's reputation. Japanese quality (when they fix the pedals) combined with American muscle and power. It could also show that Toyota wants to build some fun, irrational cars. However, it won't happen.

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  • ToolGuy • Nice vehicle, reasonable price, good writeup. I like your ALL CAPS. 🙂"my mid-trim EX tester is saddled with dummy buttons for a function that’s not there"• If you press the Dummy button, does a narcissist show up spouting grandiose comments? Lol.
  • MaintenanceCosts These are everywhere around here. I'm not sure the extra power over a CR-V hybrid is worth the fragile interior materials and the Kia dealership experience.
  • MaintenanceCosts It's such a shame about the unusable ergonomics. I kind of like the looks of this Camaro and by all accounts it's the best-driving of the current generation of ponycars. A manual 2SS would be a really fun toy if only I could see out of it enough to drive safely.
  • ToolGuy Gut feel: It won't sell all that well as a new vehicle, but will be wildly popular in the used market 12.5 years from now.(See FJ Cruiser)