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2012 Scion tC vs. Its Competition

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2012 Scion tC 2-door HB Auto (Natl) Side Exterior View
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The 2012 Scion tC has a foot in both the compact-car and performance-car worlds.

At about $20,000, it competes with very well-equipped versions of the Kia Forte Koup, a good-looking two-door without the kind of performance add-ons offered through Scion.

The Honda Civic's a longtime favorite in the aftermarket, but the latest edition has a thrifty-looking interior and uninspired design.

The Ford Focus doesn't come in two-door form, but the sleek hatchback will be offered with a 240-horsepower turbo four in the coming model year.

New and intriguing this year is the Hyundai Veloster, a four-cylinder four-door with two doors on the passenger side, but just one on the driver side.

It's very dynamic in looks, but performance isn't quite there yet--but there's a turbo version coming in the 2013 model year.

2012 Scion tC 2-door HB Auto (Natl) Side Exterior View2012 Scion tC2012 Ford Focus2012 Ford Focus2012 Honda Civic Sedan 4-door Auto LX Angular Front Exterior View2012 Honda Civic2012 Hyundai Veloster2012 Hyundai Veloster2012 Kia Forte 5-Door 5dr HB EX Angular Front Exterior View2012 Kia Forte
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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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With the 2012 Focus, Ford shows that small cars don't have to feel so banal, with charismatic compacts that are more satisfying to drive, more luxurious, and better-equipped.
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The 2012 Honda Civic is a little more spacious, comfortable, and economical, but it's now one of the blandest of the bunch.
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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 Kia Forte family of vehicles manages to feel more eager, comfortable, and sophisticated than its sticker price might suggest.
MSRP From    
$18,575Browse Used Listings$16,500Browse Used Listings$15,955Browse Used Listings$17,300Browse Used Listings$15,200Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage    
23 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
Compact CarCompactCompact Cars- TBD -Compact Cars
Style Name    
2-Door HB Manual (GS)4-Door Sedan S4-Door Manual DX3-Door Coupe Manual w/Gray Int4-Door Sedan Manual LX
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
3 Door Hatchback4 Door SedanSedan3 Door Coupe4 Door Sedan
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