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First of all the handling was incredible. I took corners and switched lanes like an F1 driver. The power assist in the steering was good enough to the point where if there hadn't been a salesman in the car with me I probably could have taken it into a power slide with just one finger. I was also impressed with the new transmission. The new 6-speed gearbox was easy to shift and it had this weird addition where you had to lift a small disk on the stick in order to get it into reverse which I guess is to prevent it from going into reverse when you want it to go into first.
I was also impressed with the amount of available room. In the last tC I drove, I'd hit my head on the roof every time there was a pothole. So ingeniously, I started driving the first generation with the sun roof open. Next on the list, the noise this new 2.5L engine makes is phenomenal.
There are unfortunately two major problems that are hard to get around. One the seats aren't exactly...comfortable...for people who are of a heavier build. Though that is minor, it is still kind of important for big guys like me. The second issue, which is fixable, is that the clutch was ridiculously soft. I had a lot of problems finding the sweet spot and that is unfortunate.
If you want this sweet car, you are looking at a about 20 grand with a few upgrades. Rated at 23 MPG city and 31 MPG highway, I definitely think that this car is worth a try if you are looking for a nice sports coupe.