2005 Scion tC User Reviews

2005 Scion tC Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 55 reviews

  • Performance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Appearance:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Overall: 4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5

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PROS
"fuel economy" 24 reviews
"ride" 23 reviews
"power" 20 reviews
"handling" 13 reviews
"reliable car" 10 reviews
CONS
"power" 7 reviews
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"doors" 3 reviews
"rattle" 3 reviews
"interior" 3 reviews

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2005 Scion tC Sport Coupe Review
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strong clutch, decent gas milage, easy to maintain, a lot of aftermarket
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slight body roll, stock tires make it easy to slide out in rain or snow

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Good For Everyday Driving — The 2.4L I4 on the tC gets decent gas milage and can still go when needed. The car has a little body roll on hard turns but still holds the road.

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2005 Scion tC Sport Coupe Review
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Styling, reliability, good performance/price ratio

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Never will be mistaken for a performance car.  Otherwise, no real cons

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Great Sporty Car For The Money — I have owned my tC for 3 years. I bought the second one that my dealership ever recieved, so I have had the advantage of owning one from the very beginning. While it will never be mistaken for a high performance car, it does have a great price/performance ratio and really good styling (sort of an imitation of an Infiniti G35 coupe)

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2005 Scion tC Sport Coupe Review
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Visually awesome and comfortable inside

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Cars weight is a bit much

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Sexy Looking Ride — Car could use a bit more torgue and pick up off the line but with a lil moding can be quite the beast.

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2005 Scion tC Sport Coupe Review
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All glass roof, standard sunroof, low-torquey engine, looks, customization, dask layout, 17" wheels standard.

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Not enough horsepower for really quick passing on highway, a little heavy.

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Can't Beat What You Get For The Price! — I've had this car for 3 years (50k so far) and I can honestly say I've never looked back. For the price nothing can come even close. If you have another five grand to spend then a GTI or Speed 3 is obviously the better performing vehicle but for something just north of 16 grand it's hard to beat.

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2005 Scion tC Review
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Brakes, low-midrange acceleration, steering feedback, A toyota that is actually fun to drive.

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Body rattles, dents easy, can make the driver cocky.

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A Sub-compact That Is Concerned About The Driver, Not The Ice Caps. — For a car that is less than $20,000, the tC is a pretty impressive little hatch. It has a good blend of performance, comfort, design, build quality, and attention to detail. It interior says “I want to be German”, not the “Hey look how cheap I am” that you get in other cars less than $20,000. The performance is pretty impressive, the car accelerates quickly, but don’t think you can beat every car that pulls up next to you. There is a strong surge of acceleration up to 5500 rpm and just noise from that point to the redline at 6200 rpm. The car grips very well and the steering feel very good (for a Toyota). When cruising down the southern California freeways, the tC has no problem braking form 80 to a stop and it stays flat in the process. If you are like me, get a radar detector, because this thing does not have a problem getting to its top speed. Unlike most other toyotas, MPG is not a selling point of the car, not that it gets bad gas mileage (it gets great gas mileage), it is just not the goal of this car. There is hop, you don't have to give up driving enjoyment to get good gas milage like you do in other toytas (yaris, corolla, prius, camery, prius) The tC does not make any statements with its styling, it is elegant, an looks like something that would come from Germany. The Panoramic roof is great in San Diego, and the sound system is not half bad either. In addition you don’t feel like you are driving a low priced car. Some times you feel comfortable parking next to the Aston Martin parked in front of Morton’s Steak House. The car has fairly good build quality, but there are some areas for improvement. The bad roads in Point Loma bring out the structural faults with the tC. Many bumps will send rattles through out the cabin, mainly near the hatch, and the glove box. The moon roof also lets you know that the chassis is twisting when entering a drive way diagonally. The manual transmission can be inconsistent sometimes, which can result in rough shifting form 1st to 2nd. It dents easy, don’t park in narrow spots. Despite the faults, it is easy to look past them, especially at the price. Hey Its not a BMW, event if it somewhat tries to look like one. It is a fun car at a reasonable price, just keep your eyes in the rear view mirror.

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2005 Scion tC Sport Coupe Review
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A very good fit and finish on the bodywork . I am a Tool & Die maker and have worked for an  Audi assembly plant as well as Volvo . This is what we look at . Compared to anything up to the $ 40 000  market  it is very comparable with fit and finish.

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None.

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Ver Good All Rounder — One of the best cars to own these days . Good bang for your buck . Excellent retail after 4 years of owning one .

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Looks great, fast, fun! Great gas.

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Too easy to rade ;)

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I Love My Car Sooo Much! — A great car for first time driver and well.. anyone else. Easy to drive but has a sensitive pedal... got 2 speeding tickets in 1 month.. =/

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2005 Scion tC Sport Coupe Review
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Quick Acceleration

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Cheaply Made

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Not Bad — I drove this car when I was looking to trade in the Equinox. I was impressed with it. There was a few things that were cheaply made. But overall the car was pretty good. Ran great!

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2005 Scion tC Sport Coupe Review
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Stylish, sporty spacious coupe.

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Plenty of understeed, could of been better.

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A Small Compactwith A Soul Of A Big Adventurer — A surprisingly good looking interior and a very nice exterior for a cheap price of 16,000. The engine is big but only produces a 160 horses which do keep you entertained if you have a manual box but with that size of an engine toyota could of squezed a bit more power from it. The car has bad oversteer when you try and take corners, but the acceleration of this car is great. standard features are plenty to empress your friends and if you have money to spend you can add on plenty more features on the car like a supercharger, better stereo system and much more. Over all i would say that this car is reliable enough to last you a while but the miles per gallon on this car is not that great.

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2005 Scion tC Sport Coupe Review
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28+ mpg, great performance, and good in the snow

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4 banger

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My New Car — For a 4 banger it has great pickup while still getting awesome gas mileage. I put fog lights, pedestal spoiler, ground effects, 6 inch subs, and a couple other options into it. the double moon roof and styling of the interior is one of my favorite features

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2014 Scion tC Reviews

Wait And Get One Slightly Used! By NitroKombat

Overall I really like my car. It has a ton of room inside (front/back and hatch area) for a 4 banger sports coupe. The lights are quite cool looking and have gotten complements quite often. Looks ... Read More

Great Car! By hannacrane9

I loved this car! it was fun and looked very good. Everything works great and it is so much fun to drive. The gas milage was not bad at all and it was super comfortable to drive and ride in. Read More

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2012 Scion tC Reviews

Sporty By Brandi

Love this car! It picks up very quickly and handles like a charm. Great rear seating. The only down side is the amount of blind spots. Low visibility. The cargo space is great, too. I'm very happy wit... Read More

A Fun Little Head-turner By Nick

It's a solid car. If you want something cheap, but sporty, this is the car for you. It also gives you plenty of room to upgrade from the base model later, so you don't have to put a ton of money down ... Read More

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2011 Scion tC Reviews

Fun Car For Anyone. By arbinoj

I have enjoyed the Scion tC models since they first arrived. After owning a 2007, 2009, and recently a 2011, I can say i've seen the improvements made. Scion does a good job with their customer base. ... Read More

2011 Tc By Remi

it's a really fun car to drive, great bang for the bucks! It has decent performance and handling for a 20000$ car. Easy to modify too, only down side is the rear camber problem on the passenger side... Read More

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2010 Scion tC Reviews

Fun, Yet Reliable By Tory

The car is supposed to be somewhat of a sporty car. You can feel it in the whenever you're doing city driving; however it becomes apparent that you cannot zoom around people while driving out on the h... Read More

Great Car For A Great Price. By Trey

The overall handling of this car is astounding for price, the quality of the build is good, there are only minor flaws since this is a first generation TC. It is a cheap car to maintain and a very fun... Read More

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2009 Scion tC Reviews

Reliable Coupe By nhaerr

Could use some more top end power, and I wish it didn't run at four thousand rpm's at 80 miles per hour. Fun to drive with simple but classy styling. Love the availability of Toyota Racing Developme... Read More

Great Commuter Car, But Stylish! By BrookeF

Great appearance, good gas mileage,minimal maintenance/ low maintenance costs. The panoramic sunroof and reclining back seats are awesome,. Pioneer sound system sounds great. Easy to park and super fu... Read More

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