2010 Scion tC vs. Its Competition

2010 Scion tC
John Voelcker John Voelcker Senior Editor

Two years ago, the Ford Focus came out with a new coupe; it offers a distinctive, and quieter interior than before and many more convenience features, including the wildly popular SYNC communications and entertainment interface.

The Focus is an attractive value, even if it isn't that much fun to drive compared to the 2010 Scion tC.

The Honda Civic coupe feels sportier than even the tC, let alone the Focus, but its engine isn't as torquey for ordinary driving, and its interior can feel cramped.

And just as the tC is, the Civic is loud inside on bad roads.

The 2010 Kia Forte Koup is the newest and most refined of all the competitors, and our reviews gave the Forte line good marks for driving satisfaction, refinement, and passenger space.

The 2009 Hyundai Tiburon might also have been worth considering, but it is no longer made; it was replaced by the larger, rear-wheel-drive 2010 Hyundai Genesis coupe.

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Quick Specs
7.6
The 2010 Scion tC offers more sophisticated handling and lavish features than the low base price would indicate.
8.0
The 2010 Kia Forte is a strong contender in every way—a surprisingly good-looking, enjoyable-to-drive car that will hold the budget down.
7.2
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.
MSRP From   
$17,100$13,695$14,395$13,010
Gas Mileage   
20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 51 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class   
SubcompactMidsizeCompactCompact
Style Name   
2-Door HB Manual (GS)4-Door Sedan Manual LX2-Door Coupe SClassic 4-Door Sedan DX Manual
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
3 Door Hatchback4dr Sdn2 Door Coupe4 Door Sedan
Transmission   
Manual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual