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GREEN | 7 out of 10
Scion tC: 23/31 mpg
The trade-off is excellent mileage
Car and Driver
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
Edmunds' Inside Line
The 2014 Scion tC doesn't quite live up to the standards of Toyota's hybrids, which soar to the top of their respective classes in gas-mileage ratings. The tC isn't all that much thirstier than you'd guess it to be, but it's surprisingly not any more fuel-efficient than a mid-size sedan like the Camry.
Despite an automatic-transmission recalibration for this year, the 2014 tC earns the same ratings as it did for 2013: 23 miles per gallon on the city cycle, and 31 mpg highway, whether you get either the six-speed manual gearbox or five-speed automatic transmission.
Because of their rather sporty, low gearing, to keep revs up and the attitude perky, we've seen real-world figures that are quite low--even relative to those EPA numbers.
When compared to bigger, bulkier coupes, or true sports cars, the tC is a reasonably fuel-efficient pick.