Last week’s photo showed the 2012 Scion tC, the sporty coupe in the line of small Toyotas aimed at the younger market. For a better photo and information, read this week’s road test.
Chosen randomly from the correct entries was Michael Mann, of Augusta, who said: “This week’s car is the 2012 Scion tC, which is one of those cars that is – should I say – Toyotally awesome.”
Despite the pun, he wins a prize from The Augusta Chronicle. Other readers identifying the vehicle were:
AUGUSTA: Carolyn Ogles
CANTON, GA.: David Anderson wrote: “With a host of standard features that includes four-wheel disc brakes, thank you very much, this is one of the top tier small cars that can be had for around $20,000 in its base form and still have a very nice vehicle. It is on my short list for that aging Suburban I am going to replace one day, but the problem I have is the arrogance of all of the local Atlanta Toyota/Scion dealers.
“Every single one that I have visited in this town acts like they are selling a fine wine and that even the exhaust on these cars has such a wonderful bouquet and aroma … well, why would I consider anything else?
“Then there is the issue of them never having a manual transmission car is stock – never! They always remind me that the automatic version has steering wheel-mounted shift paddles and I simply hold up three fingers. If the car does not have three pedals, I am not interested in it. I want a true manual, row-through-the-gears-at-my-own-pace transmission in my next everyday driver.”
CUMMING, GA.: Chris Rhodes wrote: “This mildly handsome small coupe draws design inspiration from American muscle cars and sports the classic long hood/short deck lid popularized by the Ford Mustang. The thick, deeply creased quarter panels also bear a passing resemblance to those of the Chevrolet Camaro.
“But the similarities end at the surface. While the Mustang and Camaro each sport fire-breathing V-8s capable of neck-snapping acceleration, the Scion tC is a front wheel drive four cylinder-equipped compact with modest performance and a penchant for squeezing every possible mile out of each gallon of gas consumed.
“A much more inspiring Scion model is waiting in the wings for its formal introduction later this Spring. The FR-S will sport a 200-horse flat four engine and ‘real’ wheel drive. Indeed, when the clutch is dumped on the six-speed manual transmission, the FR-S’s rear wheel will be the ones searching for traction. Styling for the FR-S is all new with a body more closely resembling a high-end Italian sport coupe than anything seen from a Japanese automaker since Toyota’s fabled 2000GT.”
EVANS: Jerry Paul