2007 Scion tC


$2,955 - $3,413

2007 Scion tC Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2007 Scion tC was new.


Performance: 7.4

The 2007 Scion tC aced most reviewers' test drives, providing an excellent ride for its size and class. Left with an impression of sharp handling and steering, quick brakes and precise cornering, many reviewers concluded that the tC is an overall fun drive.

The tC is supported by a 2.4-liter dual overhead cam (DOHC) four-cylinder engine (the same engine powering the Toyota Camry), and a choice between two transmissions -- a five-speed manual that comes standard, or a four-speed automatic.

The Washington Post is impressed with the 2007 Scion tC's drive, saying, "you don't need to file an application to change lanes in the tC. Tap the accelerator. Response is immediate." The Post also enjoys the tC's nimble handling in urban traffic and found parking to be a "cinch." Though the majority spoke of a pleasant driving experience, not all auto writers are happy with the quality of the 2007 Scion tC's ride. Cars.com is disappointed with a bumpy ride over pavement, loud noises at higher speeds and a "jumpy" clutch. The Boston Globe finds suspension to be "squishy" at hard corners, and complained of "omnipresent" understeer, even at moderate speed.

Acceleration and Power

Under its hood, the 2007 Scion tC has a 2.4-liter dual overhead cam (DOHC) 16-valve engine that produces 161 horsepower at 5,700 rpm (more powerful than usual for its class). When driving, Auto Mall USA finds the tC's engine is "quiet, smooth, and plenty powerful." The engine has Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence, which is Toyota technology that helps the tC have easier cranking, better pickup and fuel economy. With this engine, the Scion tC receives a rating of 20 miles per gallon in the city and 27 miles per gallon on the highway, using the manual transmission. With an automatic, the Scion tC can average 21 miles per gallon in the city and 29 miles per gallon on the highway.

Standard transmission is five-speed manual, which About.com: Autos sums up as "a breeze to use," adding that "drivers without much stick shift experience will learn quickly." Buyers of the 2007 Scion tC also have the option for a four-speed automatic transmission.

Handling and Braking

Carz Unlimited is just one of the reviews tohighlight the 2007 Scion tC's suspension system as providing "precise, well-weighted feel and flat, composed cornering." The tC has MacPherson struts for the front and a fully independent double wishbone setup in the rear that Cars.com praises for reacting "quickly enough and not excessively."

According to The Family Car, the 2007 Scion tC "stops as good as its goes." This is thanks to standard all-disc anti-lock four-wheel disc brakes, as well as Brake Assist and Electronic Brake Force Distribution. The Chicago Sun-Times points out, "The brake pedal has a linear action, and emergency stopping distances are short." However, Auto Mall USA sums the brake system best when it noted the tC's Electronic Brake Force Distribution "automatically balances braking forces front to rear, improving stability under hard braking and helping reduce stopping distances."

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