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2010 Scion tC vs. Its Competition

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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.

2010 Scion tC2010 Scion tC2010 Kia Forte2010 Kia Forte2008 Ford Focus 4-door Sedan SE Angular Rear Exterior View2008 Ford Focus2004 Honda Civic 2-door Coupe EX Auto Side Exterior View2004 Honda Civic Classic
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The 2010 Scion tC offers more sophisticated handling and lavish features than the low base price would indicate.
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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.
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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.
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$17,100Browse Used Listings$13,695Browse Used Listings$14,395Browse Used Listings$13,010Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage   
20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 51 MPG Hwy
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2-Door HB Manual (GS)4-Door Sedan Manual LX2-Door Coupe SClassic 4-Door Sedan DX Manual
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
3 Door Hatchback4dr Sdn2 Door Coupe4 Door Sedan
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