The 2008 Scion tC's advantages are reasonably lively performance, a good stereo system, a roomier back seat than many sporty cars, a generous standard equipment list and relatively low cost, according to Edmunds. Car and Driver also cited the vehicle's comfort, upscale interior and reliability.
The 2008 Scion tC is powered by a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine capable of generating 161 horsepower. It has good handling and a well-tuned suspension, according to Edmunds, making it a fun and peppy car to drive even though it is not particularly high-powered. Base equipment for the stripped-down Spec trim line includes 16-inch wheels, air conditioning, full-power accessories, split-folding and reclining rear seats, and a Pioneer CD sound system with auxiliary jack. It also has anti-lock disc brakes. The more expensive base trim line substitutes 17-inch alloy wheels and adds a moonroof, cruise control and power windows with one-touch controls going both up and down.
The car's main disadvantages are its lack of headroom in the back and lack of cargo space. Edmonds also found the optional automatic transmission to be rather hesitant. Almost all the 2008 Scion tC's options were dealer-installed, so a buyer may have to hunt to find one equipped with the features he wants.