At some point in history a great writer once said, “...scissor doors. It’s about time those became more common on mass-market cars, because we’re all going to die someday.” Oh wait. That was Jason Torchinsky, today. And it’s a profound statement not just because we as humans are terrorized by our own mortality, but rather, that more mass-market cars need scissor doors!

So Torch’s ranking of Scion cars got me thinking. What was that brand truly missing? Where did they go wrong?

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Other car makers offer blistering performance. Others have world class luxury. Some are extraordinarily practical — everyone has their niche. But Scion was a brand that encouraged vehicle modification, yet it never really took off. They gave us the blank canvas we needed, but nothing else. And in retrospect that really sucked.

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Like a bum with preliminary change in his cup, Scion should have offered cars that came pre-modified. But only just a little. Just enough to get the ball rolling. The tC needed to come stock with scissor doors.

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So, going back to the original question. What cars should come stock with scissor doors, but don’t?

If anyone can name a better candidate for a gimmick like scissor doors, you’ve got my attention. But if the best car is the Scion tC, then we may have found the true reason for the demise of Scion: They didn’t present their culture of modification the right way. They lazily told us to do the work ourselves, in the aftermarket.