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2009 Scion tC vs. Its Competition

 
2009 Scion tC
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TCC Rating
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Our expert editors build comparisons like this one to make it easy for you to understand the small handful of cars you should compare to whatever car you are already looking at. You get general thoughts on each car you should consider plus an easy way to compare basic information for yourself.

The Ford Focus came out with a new coupe body style for 2008; with a more distinctive, quieter interior than before and more available convenience features, such as the SYNC communications and entertainment interface, the Focus offers a very compelling package for the money, even if it isn't as much fun to drive as the 2009 Scion tC.

The Honda Civic coupe feels sportier than the Focus and the tC, but its engine isn't as torquey for ordinary driving, and its interior feels a bit more cramped.

Like the tC, it's also quite loud inside on coarse surfaces.

The Pontiac G5 and Hyundai Tiburon might also be worth consideration, but both of them feel rather outdated for different reasons.

The interior of the G5 feels subpar in appearance and quality, while the Tiburon sacrifices a lot of interior space for a curvaceous exterior shape that is no longer in vogue.

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7.8
/ 10
TCC Rating
The 2009 Scion tC is more sophisticated and feature-rich than its price tag would otherwise indicate.
6.6
/ 10
TCC Rating
The 2009 Pontiac G5 looks good from a distance and is cheap and frugal, but it lacks nearly all the other elements of a practical or enjoyable car.
7.2
/ 10
TCC Rating
The 2008 Ford Focus isn’t all new, but it is an improvement, and a solid choice if you’re looking for a roomy car that handles well with a base price that starts around $15,000.
7.2
/ 10
TCC Rating
As good as 2008 Hyundai Tiburon is, its resale value is hurt by the poor quality of earlier models. It's important that you anticipate steep depreciation before committing.
MSRP From    
$17,000$16,980$14,395$17,270$13,010
Gas Mileage    
20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 51 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas I4Gas 4-CylGas I4Gas I4Natural Gas I4
EPA Class    
SubcompactSubcompactCompactSubcompactCompact
Style Name    
2-Door HB Manual (Natl)2-Door Coupe2-Door Coupe S2-Door Coupe Manual GSClassic 4-Door Sedan GX CVT w/Side Airbags
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55545
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
3 Door Hatchback2 Door Coupe2 Door Coupe2 Door Hatchback Coupe4 Door Sedan
Transmission    
Manual w/ODManualManual w/ODManual w/ODCVT

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