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2012 Hyundai Veloster vs. Its Competition

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With its unique three-door-coupe configuration, combined with a wide-opening hatch, the 2012 Hyundai Veloster has a layout that breaks out from small, sporty coupe convention.

Compared to the Scion tC, which is probably the Veloster's most direct competitor, the Hyundai has a far more spacious, comfortable interior, with more usable cargo space and versatility.

The Scion, meanwhile, has a far torquier engine and feels stronger off the line, but it pays the price with fuel economy numbers that are nearly 10 mpg lower on the highway.

The Veloster has a power-to-weight ratio that's better than any of these rivals; yet its engine lacks low-rpm torque, which means it isn't necessarily going to feel the strongest.

The Honda CR-Z is also a rival to the Veloster; despite having a mild-hybrid system, the CR-Z isn't that much more fuel-efficient.

The Veloster feels closer to a sports car, with a balanced, surefooted handling feel, while having a more spacious interior and better long-distance comfort.

And finally, the Volvo C30 costs thousands more, yet its purpose (and market position) overlaps somewhat with that of the Veloster; the C30 is quicker, but the Veloster feels comparatively leaner and more nimble—and it's more versatile.

We also expect the upcoming Mini Coupe, arriving later in the year, to be a rival to the Veloster—although its price tag will be thousands higher—while others might want to consider the (also pricier) Mini Clubman.

2012 Hyundai Veloster2012 Hyundai Veloster2012 Honda CR-Z 3dr CVT EX w/Navi Side Exterior View2012 Honda CR-Z2012 Volvo C30 2-door Coupe Auto Angular Front Exterior View2012 Volvo C302012 MINI Cooper 2-door Coupe Side Exterior View2012 MINI Cooper2012 Scion tC 2-door HB Auto (Natl) Side Exterior View2012 Scion tC
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The 2012 Hyundai Veloster starts with niche appeal, but its impressive handling and strong, high-value feature set should play well to the mainstream.
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The 2012 Honda CR-Z is the only hybrid sports coupe, but that's not quite enough for us.
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The 2012 Volvo C30 has top-notch safety and style; but it's not as racy as it looks and not any more practical than it looks.
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In all of its guises the 2012 MINI Cooper is fun-to-drive, uniquely styled, and with three standard levels of performance, there's an option for everyone.
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The 2012 Scion tC is starting to develop an interesting personality, though it's still not very fast or exceptionally nimble.
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Gas Mileage    
27 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy31 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas/Electric I4Turbocharged Gas I5Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
- TBD -Two SeatersCompactMinicompactCompact Car
Style Name    
3-Door Coupe Manual w/Gray Int3-Door Manual2-Door Coupe Automatic2-Door Coupe2-Door HB Manual (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
3 Door CoupeHatchback2 Door CoupeCoupe3 Door Hatchback
ManualManualAutomaticManualManual w/OD
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