I bought this car for the "family" but actually for my teenage daughter to use. She told me that she liked Scions but I equated them with those little rolling boxes that Scion first came out with. Wow, I was wrong. The tC is a beautiful little sporty car, all the bells and whistles, plus sun roof. The interior is definitely designed for the younger set. But the handling and stability is pure Toyota. And the price is extremely reasonable. Leave it to Toyota to reinvent themselves to suit their consumers. (Remember Lexus of the 80's me-generation?) I couldn't be more pleased with this purchase.
This car is claimed to be a sport coupe, but it really doesn't perform like one. The supension is too soft, and there's way too much body roll (probably caused by a combination of the soft suspension, and a lot of weight in the roof for the steel frame holding the glass roof in place) The clutch is THE worst I've ever used, and I've only ever owned cars with manual transmissions. You never know when it's going to reach the biting-point, it's pretty much impossible to get a good smooth pull-away every time. It makes the driver look like a beginner, no matter how long they've been driving manuals. It also seems to be hugely affected by cold weather - I heard it's a hydraulic clutch instead of the usual cable-clutch, so this may be part of the problem (the hydraulic fluid changing viscosity with temperature). The car has enough power for the price, but it's annoying that it only revs to 6500rpm (the redline is actually 6250rpm). It cuts off just before I would usually want to make my up-shift. Overall, I feel like I'm driving a camry, dressed up as a sport coupe. If you want an old-man car, that LOOKS sporty, this would be a good choice. If you think it's a good alternative to a civic Si or a mazda 3, it's definitely not. Both these other cars are much lighter than this car, and don't ruin their car with stupid gimmicks like the full-glass roof. The one good thing I have to say, is it comes with some of the nicest standard wheels currently available. Overall the car looks generally nice too, the paint is nice and has kept a good shine for 7 months since I bought it. The optional TYC tail lights are nice too, the standard ones are extremely dull and really make the car look much more like the economy 2-door that it is. The TYC tail lights help to hide this fact. The short throw shifter option does shorten the throw a lot, but the standard shifter has such LONG throws, that the short-throw really just reduces the throws down to something that would be considered "standard" in most other cars (at-least ones that I've owned). Too much of this car is "good for the price", and not genuinely "good". I will be trading as soon as possible. I wish I'd never been drawn in by this car's fake-sport-coupe looks.
Pros: Surprisingly great gas mileage Smooth ride Sporty way more space than you would imagine in the trunk and back seat Amazing stereo system Cons: Uhh...I wish it was a little easier to get to the back seat for passengers? This is my first two door coupe so it's different, but it's still leaps and bounds ahead of my friends two doors. Visibility is pretty limited