A new, more sophisticated 2.5L four-cylinder engine for 2011 adds a little more pep and fuel economy to the sporty coupe. Also, the new six-speed automatic provides more gears for more occasions and now features a manual-shift mode.
A wider stance and bigger tires for 2011 give the tC more grip and stability compared to prior years. The addition of stability and traction control add to safety and detract little from the 'fun to drive' factor.
A comfortable ride in a sporty coupe can be an elusive quality, but the tC continues to provide an uncommonly smooth and controlled ride on a variety of surfaces (despite the larger new wheels/tires).
The only thing detracting from an otherwise hushed cabin is the new, sportier exhaust note that's intended to enhance the sporty experience.
One step forward, two steps back with a completely redesigned dashboard and center stack. The HVAC controls are now much simpler, but the new audio systems require steady hands and study.
As with all fastback-style coupes, outward visibility continues to be a challenge -- especially when lacking parking sensors or a back-up camera.
Seat Access & Space
While the front seats are full-manual adjustment, they do offer a wide array of positions. The addition of a telescoping wheel enhances driving position. Rear-seat access has been improved and they are also remarkably generous in size.
Cargo & Storage
Luggage room (with all seats occupied) and cargo room (with second row folded) are both generous by most standards.
While the paint/build qualities of the tC are not to be confused with those of a Lexus, they are comparable (or even a little better) to those within the price point of the tC.