2015 Scion tC vs. Its Competition

2015 Scion tC
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The Scion tC sits in a niche market with a few very interesting competitors.

On one end, the Honda Civic Si is less engaging than most performance coupes, and it just doesn't give us the thrills that it once did.

The MINI Cooper S is small, quirky, and fun to drive, but it can get expensive in a hurry.

The Hyundai Veloster Turbo is now as sporty as the car looks, if you're into asymmetrical cars.

And, there's the excellent Ford Focus ST, which is larger and more expensive than the tC.

If you're looking for a completely different flavor, try the Ford Mustang V-6, which is only price-competitive in its basest form.

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Quick Specs
7.6
The shadow cast by the FR-S is a long one, but the 2015 tC manages to have an interesting personality on its own.
8.4
The 2015 Ford Mustang finally makes the rear-end switch—and the SVO's back, at least in spirit.
7.8
The 2015 Honda Civic is refined, comfortable, and offers top-notch safety ratings and features.
7.8
The 2015 Hyundai Veloster is more sporty hatch than true sports car. Its design is sometimes a demerit, but that makes it no less unique.
8.6
The 2015 MINI Cooper hardtop is a slightly larger car with all the virtues of earlier MINIs and fewer drawbacks; it's nicer and quieter inside, the base car is closer to the Cooper S in performance, and it retains the rollerskate handling and cheeky character it's always had.
8.2
The 2015 Scion FR-S is simple, straightforward, and well-executed, making it the perfect affordable sports car.
MSRP From     
$19,210$23,800$18,490$18,000$20,700$24,900
Gas Mileage     
23 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-3Premium Unleaded H-4
EPA Class     
Compact CarsSubcompact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsMinicompact CarsMinicompact Cars
Style Name     
2-Door HB Manual (GS)2-Door Fastback V64-Door Manual LX3-Door Coupe Manual2-Door HB2-Door Coupe Manual (GS)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
545444
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
CoupeFastbackSedanHatchbackHatchbackCoupe
Transmission     
Manual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2015 Scion tC vs. 2015 Ford Mustang2015 Scion tC vs. 2015 Honda Civic2015 Scion tC vs. 2015 Hyundai Veloster2015 Scion tC vs. 2015 MINI Cooper2015 Scion tC vs. 2015 Scion FR-S