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Selected Style 2-Door HB Manual (GS)
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door HB Manual 23 31 $17,646 $18,575
2-Door HB Automatic 23 31 $18,596 $19,575
2-Door HB Automatic Release Series 7.0 23 31 $19,861 $20,905
2-Door HB Manual Release Series 7.0 23 31 $20,811 $21,905
4-Door Sedan Manual LX
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual LX 25 34 $14,900 $15,200
4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 26 36 $15,880 $16,200
2-Door Coupe Manual EX 24 33 $16,380 $17,200
4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 26 36 $16,760 $17,600
5-Door HB EX 26 36 $17,240 $18,100
2-Door Coupe Automatic EX 25 34 $17,330 $18,200
2-Door Coupe Manual SX 22 32 $17,710 $18,600
4-Door Sedan Automatic SX 23 32 $18,190 $19,100
2-Door Coupe Automatic SX 23 31 $18,670 $19,600
5-Door HB SX 23 32 $18,670 $19,600
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,646
$14,900
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$18,575
$15,200
Monthly Payment Estimate
$310 / month
$253 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2012 Scion tC is starting to develop an interesting personality, though it's still not very fast or exceptionally nimble. The 2012 Kia Forte family of vehicles manages to feel more eager, comfortable, and sophisticated than its sticker price might suggest.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 23 mpg 25 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 31 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Car Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in) 36.4 37.6
Second Shoulder Room (in) 52.1 54.7
Front Leg Room (in) 41.8 43.3
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 52.6 53.0
Second Leg Room (in) 34.6 35.0
Front Head Room (in) 37.7 40.0
Second Hip Room (in) 48.5 53.3
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.4 55.7
Passenger Volume (ft³) 88.4 96.8
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) 6.3 5.9
Length, Overall (in) 174.0 178.3
Height, Overall (in) 55.7 57.5
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.4 61.6
Wheelbase (in) 106.3 104.3
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.7 69.9
Track Width, Front (in) 60.6 61.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) 14.7 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) 34.5 -
Trunk Volume (ft³) - 14.7
Brakes
Brake ABS System 4-wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.98 x - TBD - 10.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.65 x - TBD - 11.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 13.7
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 14.8 14.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 37.4 33.9
Steering Type Electric pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.81 2.89
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size P225/45R18 P195/65R15
Spare Tire Size T145/80D16 - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size P225/45R18 P195/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code NA - TBD -
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3060 2729
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 18 x 7.5 15 x 5.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 18 x 7.5 15 x 5.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 6.4 6.4
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 110
Engine
Displacement 2.5L/152 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 180 @ 6000 156 @ 6200
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 173 @ 4100 144 @ 4300
Engine Order Code NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 23 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 26 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 31 34
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.38 1.25
Trans Type 6 6
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.88 0.77
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.56 3.58
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.05 1.96
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.06 4.33
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.03 0.97
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.73 0.63
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.54 3.30
Summary
Vehicle Name Scion tC Kia Forte
Body Style 3 Door Hatchback 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.95 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Double Wishbone w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.87 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) MacPherson Strut w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 6 7
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 7.2 6.3
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating
 
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