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September 5, 2013

New Scion coupe gets sportier driving feel, tech upgrades

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Outside, it gets a fresh body style to match the more aggressive driving feel. There's a wide, gaping air intake on the front, new 18-inch wheels and a back end that still has the tC's characteristically wide rear pillars.

Those back pillars are important to the styling, almost making it reminiscent of old American muscle cars, but they also have a downside. They make it a bit more difficult to see where you're going when backing up.

The cabin gets better materials for 2014, which is nice, but the big news is about the sound system this year. Scion is making its touch-screen audio system standard equipment across all its cars starting with the 2014 models.

If you want the latest and greatest in car audio, Scion is offering an impressive $1,200 upgrade called the BeSpoke Premium Audio System. It's pricey, but it's also very advanced, with excellent sound quality and the ability to stream 30,000 free audio stations through your smartphone.

As a whole, the tC is still about catering to those young-people trends, from hot sound systems to a unique, fresh body style. But, more than ever before, it's also adding sporty performance to that mix, which makes it a more satisfying car overall.

Derek Price is an automotive columnist for CNHI News Service. Contact him at carcolumn@gmail.com.

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