2013 Scion tC vs. Its Competition

2013 Scion tC
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

With an eye to both the sport-compact and the econo-compact market, the Scion tC has some interesting competition with some very lofty performance goals.

At the less engaging end of the spectrum, the latest Honda Civic Si just doesn't thrill us as past generations have done; it's a difficult story to tell, but the strut suspension, inexpensive interior, and overall responsiveness feel more like last-gen also-rans, not the heirs to the throne.

The Kia Forte places somewhere in this territory with its Forte Koup, but that's an achievement from a brand that didn't even field a car in this class three years ago.

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.

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.

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7.6
Not quite fast, and not quite nimble, the latest Scion tC is on its way to developing an interesting personality.
8.8
Whether or not you consider the exciting new ST performance model, the 2013 Ford Focus lineup is evidence that small cars don't have to feel so appliance-like.
8.0
The 2013 Honda Civic takes a step back in the right direction with an impressive feature set, a sophisticated new look, and much-improved refinement.
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The 2013 Hyundai Veloster dances the line between sporty coupe and sports car with features, fuel economy, impressive handling, and newfound turbo power.
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It's a family affair: the Kia Forte lineup is more comfortable, more eager, and better finished than ever, and a step up from what its sticker price might suggest.
MSRP From    
$18,725$16,200$18,165$17,600$15,400
Gas Mileage    
23 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
Compact CarCompactCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name    
2-Door HB Manual (GS)4-Door Sedan S4-Door Manual LX3-Door Coupe Manual w/Black Int4-Door Sedan Manual LX
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/A3N/A
Body Style    
3 Door HatchbackSedanSedanCoupe4 Door Sedan
Transmission    
ManualManualManualManualManual