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The 2011 Scion tC looks budget-smart and fuel-efficient, but with mpg numbers lower than some mid-size sedans, it's not all that.
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2011 Scion tC: 23/31 mpg
U.S. EPA

The trade-off is excellent mileage
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Lexus officials tell us the CT 200h is disadvantaged by its higher curb weight (nearly 100 extra pounds), less slippery bodywork, less aggressive regenerative braking characteristics and wider, grippier tires
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The 2011 Scion tC isn't as green as you might guess. Either transmission nets you 23/31 mpg, up a couple miles per gallon on both counts over last year. That's still, however worse than the mileage numbers for many four-cylinder mid-size sedans and about on par with some V-6 sedans.

In past versions of the tC we've seen quite low figures in real-world driving as well—likely the result of rather low gearing that keeps revs up for a sporty feel.

Conclusion

The 2011 Scion tC looks budget-smart and fuel-efficient, but with mpg numbers lower than some mid-size sedans, it's not all that.

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