2016 Scion tC Crash Test Ratings

2016 Scion tC Crash Test Ratings

Safety Ratings

NHTSA’s 5-Star Safety Ratings help consumers compare vehicle safety when searching for a car. More stars mean safer cars.

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Combines Side Barrier and Side Pole Star Ratings into a single side rating.

Combines the Side Barrier Driver and the Side Pole Star Ratings into a Front Seat rating. The Rear Seat rating is derived from the Side Barrier Rear Passenger rating.

The Side Barrier test simulates an intersection collision between a standing vehicle and moving barrier at 38.5 mph.

Combines Side Barrier and Side Pole Star Ratings into a single side rating.

The Rollover Resistance test measures the risk of rollover in a single-vehicle, loss-of-control scenario.


Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2014-16 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Scion tC 2-door

The Scion tC was redesigned for the 2011 model year. Beginning with 2014 models, the side curtain airbags were reprogrammed to deploy in small overlap frontal crashes, but this would not have any effect on the moderate overlap frontal ratings. Therefore, the listed ratings are based on a test of a 2011 model.

Overall evaluation


Structure and safety cage


Driver injury measures




Leg/foot, left


Leg/foot, right


Driver restraints and dummy kinematics


Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.

The dummy’s position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver’s survival space was maintained well.

Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy’s head contacted the side curtain airbag and grab handle during rebound. Head accelerations from these hits were low.

Intrusion into the driver’s space was minimal, and all leg and foot injury measures were low.

Technical measurements for this test Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side Test ID CEF1008 Footwell intrusion Footrest (cm) 5 Left (cm) 12 Center (cm) 15 Right (cm) 8 Brake pedal (cm) 1 Instrument panel rearward movement Left (cm) Right (cm) 1 Steering column movement Upward (cm) Rearward (cm) 1 A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 1 Driver injury measures Test ID CEF1008 Head HIC-15 216 Peak gs at hard contact 32 Neck Tension (kN) 1.1 Extension bending moment (Nm) 8 Maximum Nij 0.20 Chest maximum compression (mm) 31 Legs Femur force – left (kN) 0.5 Femur force – right (kN) 1.8 Knee displacement – left (mm) Knee displacement – right (mm) Maximum tibia index – left 0.38 Maximum tibia index – right 0.57 Tibia axial force – left (kN) 1.8 Tibia axial force – right (kN) 3.5 Foot acceleration (g) Left 51 Right 61

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2014-16 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Scion tC 2-door

The 2014-16 models of the Scion tC are unchanged from 2011-13 models for roof rating purposes. Therefore, the rating is based on a tested 2011 model.

Overall evaluation G Curb weight 3,123 lbs Peak force 17,738 lbs Strength-to-weight ratio 5.68

How the roof strength test is conducted

Owners Dont Like

The problems experienced by owners of the 2016 Scion tC during the first 90-days of ownership.
  • Vehicle's handling on curves
  • How the interior materials feel
  • Forward visibility

Safety ratings favor the 2014 tC

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The 2005 Scion tC earned lackluster IIHS crash test safety ratings and is missing some basic safety features. The 2014 Scion tC comes standard with much of the equipment not offered by the 2005. Your used purchase may not have the features you hope for.

For example, traction and stability control isn’t an option in the flagship tC. Both are standard in the 2014 model. Side, front and forward airbags are 2014 standard features. Airbags are an optional upgrade for the 2005 offering.

Crash-test rating data shows that the 2014 model is safer overall. The 2005 tC is also subject to 4 active recalls. Two of these recalls involve the optional airbag systems. Even if a used 2005 tC is equipped with this safety feature, it may need to be replaced if previous owners have not pursued recall repairs.

Why its worth the investment to upgrade from the 2005 Scion tC

Whether students are purchasing their own car or receiving one from family, value is a crucial factor. New drivers traditionally favor inexpensive options, with good reason. The 2014 Scion tC may cost more. However, it’s a better investment.

With any used car purchase, buyers must consider how many miles a vehicle has left in it. A nine-year difference between two vehicles will likely mean a large difference in mileage as well. A younger car will typically outlast an older model with higher milage.

The cheaper 2005 may seem like a better deal because of its tiny price tag. In some cases, you really do get what you pay for. A 17-year-old car is likely to need a lot of TLC. Frequent trips to the shop can quickly eat up any difference in savings. It’s worth investing more upfront for a safer, more reliable, and more enjoyable car.


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