The 2011 tC, fully pimped out, does an uncomfortable price overlap with a 2011 Ford Mustang V-6 that will smack it down with sub-six-second acceleration runs all day long.
Tucked under the $20,000 limit, the tC outdoes any other front-drive coupe for the money, with juiced-up power and grip that's just aching for some kind of forced-induction abduction.
The Honda Civic Coupe and Ford Focus Coupe are both lame-duck models, as we wait for replacements to arrive (in the Focus' case, as an early 2012).
The Kia Forte Koup comes close to rivaling the tC, but its driving experience isn't quite as finely honed; its interior is also, as in the Scion, somewhat cramped.
Another alternative is the rear-wheel-drive Hyundai Genesis Coupe, which delivers performance that approaches that of the Mustang along with some serious aftermarket potential.
With the tC, we'd still want to spend a fairly lavish amount on the aftermarket pieces.
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