|Reviewed By||SCM Staff|
|Price as Tested||$22,225|
Understated “stealth” package, lowered, all black including mags with red rim stripe and black glass panorama moonroof. Elegant interior, comfortable front seats, no-nonsense gauges, brushed stainless accents, and red stitching. 161-hp, 2.4-liter VTEC engine is plenty, fat tires but very sure-footed and does not wander, excellent brake feel. Split rear seat allows flexibility in loading.
Desperately needs 5- or 6-speed manual transmission. Annoying, droning exhaust emphasized by automatic transmission slippage. Stereo controls practically indecipherable, even if you peer closely, and silly cover is unnecessary. Climate controls equally fussy to no purpose. Projecting red-line rims allow NO curb contact at all.
Executes quite well but black look emphasizes dull formlessness. I had hoped second-generation tC might develop some style, but no such luck. Stereo controls unforgiveable.
|Fun to Drive|
|Fun to Look at|
Feb 19, 2010