2014 Scion tC vs. Its Competition

2014 Scion tC
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

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.

Among small-and-quick models, we like the MINI Cooper S and its frisky, eager driving feel.

The Hyundai Veloster is joined this year by a Veloster Turbo model, so it finally gets performance to justify the sporty, quirky look (and the odd layout, with two doors on the passenger side and one on the driver side).

The Ford Focus ST offers up more spirited turbocharged performance for just a little money.

And for a completely different kind of performance, the Mustang, in V-6 form, doesn't cost all that much more.

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7.6
The 2014 Scion tC coupe has an interesting personality, made a bit better this year, but it's standing in the shadow of the excellent FR-S sports car.
8.4
The 2014 Ford Mustang delivers some of the best performance-car bang for the buck, all with a level of sophistication that's surprising given the brash sound and classic looks.
8.0
The 2014 Honda Civic brings better refinement back to the lineup, but there's more to come, we're told.
8.0
The 2014 MINI Cooper is a fun, smart, and practical way to get around, without giving up its sporty, quirky side.
8.0
Simply built and beautifully executed, the 2014 Scion FR-S is a true sports car.
8.2
The 2013 Hyundai Veloster dances the line between sporty coupe and sports car with features, fuel economy, impressive handling, and newfound turbo power.
MSRP From     
$19,210$22,510$18,390$19,950$24,700$17,600
Gas Mileage     
23 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-3Premium Unleaded H-4Gas I4
EPA Class     
Compact CarsSubcompact CarsCompact CarsMinicompact CarsMinicompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
2-Door HB Manual (Natl)2-Door Coupe V64-Door Manual LX2-Door Coupe2-Door Coupe Manual (GS)3-Door Coupe Manual w/Black Int
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
545445
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A3
Body Style     
CoupeCoupeSedanHatchbackCoupeCoupe
Transmission     
Manual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual