Review: 2011 Scion tC with “TRD Big Brakes”

Posted on 23. Sep, 2010 by in Auto News

Anarchy in the TTAC! It turns out that Michael Karesh and I both short lead Scion tC press events was invited. His critique is here and found it very nice covers things like the sound system, the latest sales figures, and the American economy. It is so large that I do not feel the need to visit my press preview.

I deed, but feel the need to pay my bookie, I am dutifully submitting this piece offset a small amount of my personal debts. If you're not in the mood, two reviews of this car can not read, I have kindly my review in one sentence, written "before the jump" for your convenience:

With sufficient speed and force application it is possible to set the brakes on fire.

I autocrossed an earlier generation Scion tC in a few different regions, usually ends up in the top half of the H Stock, before the rest of the road tires mongrel dabblers but well off the pace of properly-set-up Mini Coopers. The original tC was a kind of car that used to be vanishingly rare, but is now more often: one with too much rolling stock. If the small-ish Toyota had wanted to fly a soul, and the soul, surely, that the soul is weighed down to earth by the enormous alloy wheels and steamroller tires at each corner. Rarely has a car felt modest in size of the TC so weighty and confident on the road.

One of the parade was that first tC so relentlessly interested in going straight, regardless of input that I found myself with the hand brake, turn the car in tight sections. It was simply reluctant to turn and the whole dynamic package was far more than Calais Somerset Regal 442, if you know what I mean, and I think you do. It struck me as a perfect vehicle for someone who wants an affordable Japanese coupe, but has no interest in quickly. I would have taken the last generation Celica GT-S, and a kick in the face on the Scion tC.

So now we have a new,. With a little more power and a little more weight Thankfully, it's exactly the same size. Perhaps Toyota has learned from the debacle xB. A conversation I had with a Toyota PR people went something like this:

Me: "Why the new xB is so fucking huge, dude?"

PR: "Well, makes Scion better than anyone else on approach to our clients We asked thousands of them what they wanted us to do with the xB Almost all of them said they wanted more room, more space, more power, more.. car. " Thoughtful pause. "You lied."

I was a 14-mile loop, on the drive where the new tC, and I was given a media co. Fortunately, the media co-driver Alex Nunez, most of you are aware of his work with Autoblog and ConsumerSearch. Alex is one of those hard-ass New York guys that I knew so well, as a child, and I expected him to. Man for his passenger stint After a few words, we were off.

I had chosen a six-speed tC with "TRD Big Brake Package". My experience of aftermarket brake packages is that most of them suck. Typically, they do not take into account the master cylinder size, they do not look right with the factory ABS and stability control systems, and they often produce less clamping force than the standard cheapo factory settings despite better. A look at the Scion owner "brand ambassadors" who brought their cars for the press preview had alleviate, not my opinion about the likely virtues of the TRD kit, they all looked like they were from the set of "The Ali G Show" kicked , being as ghetto fabulous as her parents the money they could. Apparently not performance drivers, and the Chinese tire reinforced wrapped around their "Dubs" the point. If Scion took aim at them with this kit, they were not aiming high.

Oh well. Driving time. My first test – can work effectively in the TRD brakes ABS? – Were positive. In fact, put on the loose road surface was available, Alex and I get into the ABS time and again rattle and skipping down the speed of all the chunky could produce 2.5-liter four. That four, by the way … it is not a powerful engine. It does not apply to rev want, and it lets you know, in an unsubtle way dozen audible and tactile manner. Nevertheless, it will boot to the car on the road. Alex said it sounded "sneezy" or something to that effect.

Next test. Stability control. Over a bump, the nose of the vehicle temporarily brought air I cranked the wheel half a turn and the brakes were starting a relatively strong vibration. With a few flashes the light, we were just out. Okay. This is good. So far, these seem to be as safe as the brakes Stocker. As good are they?

I spent the next six miles to work generating fade. Each round was a late, hard braking. I have ABS have committed two dozen times for trivial speed. We went down a steep hill, and I have the last trick in the book – the "Rookie brake". A rookie pull the brake pads against the brake for 200 meters before pounding in ABS. It's what racing rookies who are concerned about a corner like to do, and there is a brake killer. Nope. There was light-fade testing best (or worst).

We screeched to a final rest on the bottom of the long hill, and I heard the familiar "hiss-hiss-WHOOSH". Yes, there was smoke drift around our cabin now. The pads, the pads, the pads were on fire! Mr. Nunez laughed. A woman in a Camry stared at us. We walked on.

This is a good car in the sense that it's good, affordable manufactured and likely to last a long time. Scion says they expect the buyer more than a half male. If that's the case, I think that companies must be true about estrogen in the water. I can not see a man buying this for yourself, unless that "man" wearing skinny jeans and listening to Dashboard Confessional. It's about two great price off the street price of a base Mustang V-6 six-speed. I knew a man who was racing a Scion tC in NASA. We used to laugh at him, although he was pretty fast, and since "we" drove neons, Miatas, Civics and an Ecotec-powered Cavalier, I think that says something.

It can not be a "man's car" to be, but it's still decent, and the brakes are fine, too. If your mom says you have to present your PhD at the Toyota dealer, this is the best choice.