Scion added its popular and sporty tC coupe in 2005 in efforts to attract performance buyers. A media-enhanced steering wheel was added in 2006 with iPod integration. Several new trims were introduced for 2007, with an entry-level trim debuting called the Spec trim.
New front and rear styling updates, updated upholstery and a new instrument panel marked the key changes for 2008. In 2009, the entry-level Spec trim was discontinued. No changes were in store for 2010, with a complete redesign being introduced in 2011. Updates to the audio system, the addition of Bluetooth integration and streaming HD radio alongside the release of the limited-edition Release Series 7.0 were the only changes for 2012.
The Release Series 8.0 trim was the only update for 2013. A refreshed interior and exterior style with new features and a better transmission marked the key improvements for 2013, along with the release of the limited-edition ten-year anniversary model.