I'm not sure what these other reviewers were previously driving, when they talk about the tC having "good handling"... (maybe they were driving SUVs and minivans before?) but, it really doesn't handle well at all. It's probably similar to a large sedan, not a sport coupe. Other problems - the glass roof is totally pointless. It's not even transparent right across, there's a slightly larger than average front sunroof (which doesn't open as far as you'd expect), followed by a chunk of roof panel blocking the middle part, and then a small transparent section over the rear seats, which doesn't even open! (as mentioned by another reviewer, it adds too much weight to the top of the car, contributing to the body roll) Also, the tires aren't very grippy, and this combined with the body roll really doesn't give you much confidence in harder turns. I can feel the car losing it's grip even on perfectly dry roads, but on wet roads I feel like I have to drive like it's ice on the ground. The engine is extremely boring - yes, it has a little power, and the 0-60 time is not bad (mid 7seconds) but it's no fun getting there. It feels like the engine really does belong in the camry that they borrowed it from. This car needs to rev higher, and definitely needs the engine/exhaust note tuned a little better so it doesn't sound like it's struggling and whining at all times. The car could also use a 6th gear as it revs too hight at highway speeds in 5th. It's a shame, because from the outside, this looks like a really nice car that should perform a hundred times better than it does. Nice paint, nice wheels, the front fascia/lights look pretty cool. Oh well. Another tC will soon be on a used car lot so some 17 year old in a baseball cap can buy it, put some 19 inch black wheels on it and flame stickers down the side, and then crash it (making use of the side airbags I paid extra for). They don't care about real handling anyway
The Scion tC has so much room in it to be a 2 door. The back seats lay down so there is plenty of space for luggage or just laying back and stargazing out of the moon roof. The seats are super comfy so road trips are a must in this car. Not to mention - it's a good looking vehicle.
The gas mileage is mediocre. It's got great style. Small dings and scratches that were poorly covered by the wrong shade of paint. The speakers make a god awful noise every time I hit a bump on the road. It is highly...i mean HIGHLY annoying. Not sure if it's covered under warranty but I doubt it.