Compare 2012 Honda Civic vs 2012 Kia Forte vs 2012 Scion tC

2012 Honda Civic
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2012 Kia Forte
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2012 Scion tC
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2-Door Automatic DX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Civic Coupe 2-Door Automatic DX 28 39 $15,401 $16,555
Civic Coupe 2-Door Automatic DX PZEV 28 39 $15,401 $16,555
Civic Coupe 2-Door Automatic EX 28 39 $19,197 $20,655
Civic Coupe 2-Door Automatic EX PZEV 28 39 $19,197 $20,655
Civic Coupe 2-Door Automatic EX w/Navi 28 39 $20,586 $22,155
Civic Coupe 2-Door Automatic EX w/Navi PZEV 28 39 $20,586 $22,155
Civic Coupe 2-Door Automatic EX-L 28 39 $20,539 $22,105
Civic Coupe 2-Door Automatic EX-L PZEV 28 39 $20,539 $22,105
Civic Coupe 2-Door Automatic EX-L w/Navi 28 39 $21,928 $23,605
Civic Coupe 2-Door Automatic EX-L w/Navi PZEV 28 39 $21,928 $23,605
Civic Coupe 2-Door Automatic LX 28 39 $17,299 $18,605
Civic Coupe 2-Door Automatic LX PZEV 28 39 $17,299 $18,605
Civic Coupe 2-Door Manual DX 28 36 $14,660 $15,755
Civic Coupe 2-Door Manual EX 28 36 $18,456 $19,855
Civic Coupe 2-Door Manual LX 28 36 $16,558 $17,805
Civic Coupe 2-Door Manual Si 22 31 $20,771 $22,355
Civic Coupe 2-Door Manual Si w/Navi 22 31 $22,159 $23,855
Civic Coupe 2-Door Manual Si w/Summer Tires 22 31 $20,956 $22,555
Civic Coupe 2-Door Manual Si w/Summer Tires & Navi 22 31 $22,345 $24,055
Civic Hybrid 4-Door Sedan L4 CVT 44 44 $22,479 $24,200
Civic Hybrid 4-Door Sedan L4 CVT PZEV 44 44 $22,479 $24,200
Civic Hybrid 4-Door Sedan L4 CVT w/Leather 44 44 $23,590 $25,400
Civic Hybrid 4-Door Sedan L4 CVT w/Leather PZEV 44 44 $23,590 $25,400
Civic Hybrid 4-Door Sedan L4 CVT w/Navi 44 44 $23,868 $25,700
Civic Hybrid 4-Door Sedan L4 CVT w/Navi & Leather 44 44 $24,979 $26,900
Civic Hybrid 4-Door Sedan L4 CVT w/Navi & Leather PZEV 44 44 $24,979 $26,900
Civic Hybrid 4-Door Sedan L4 CVT w/Navi PZEV 44 44 $23,868 $25,700
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic CNG 27 38 $24,943 $26,305
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic CNG w/Navi 27 38 $26,364 $27,805
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic DX 28 39 $15,586 $16,755
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic DX PZEV 28 39 $15,586 $16,755
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic EX 28 39 $19,197 $20,655
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic EX PZEV 28 39 $19,197 $20,655
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic EX w/Navi 28 39 $20,586 $22,155
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic EX w/Navi PZEV 28 39 $20,586 $22,155
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic EX-L 28 39 $20,539 $22,105
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic EX-L PZEV 28 39 $20,539 $22,105
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic EX-L w/Navi 28 39 $21,928 $23,605
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic EX-L w/Navi PZEV 28 39 $21,928 $23,605
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic HF 29 41 $18,225 $19,605
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic HF PZEV 29 41 $18,225 $19,605
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic LX 28 39 $17,484 $18,805
Civic Sedan 4-Door Automatic LX PZEV 28 39 $17,484 $18,805
Civic Sedan 4-Door Manual DX 28 36 $14,846 $15,955
Civic Sedan 4-Door Manual LX 28 36 $16,744 $18,005
Civic Sedan 4-Door Manual Si 22 31 $20,956 $22,555
Civic Sedan 4-Door Manual Si w/Navi 22 31 $22,345 $24,055
Civic Sedan 4-Door Manual Si w/Summer Tires 22 31 $21,141 $22,755
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4-Door Sedan Automatic EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Forte 4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 26 36 $16,760 $17,600
Forte 4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 26 36 $15,880 $16,200
Forte 4-Door Sedan Automatic SX 23 32 $18,190 $19,100
Forte 4-Door Sedan Manual LX 25 34 $14,900 $15,200
Forte 5-Door 5-Door HB EX 26 36 $17,240 $18,100
Forte 5-Door 5-Door HB SX 23 32 $18,670 $19,600
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Automatic EX 25 34 $17,330 $18,200
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Automatic SX 23 31 $18,670 $19,600
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Manual EX 24 33 $16,380 $17,200
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Manual SX 22 32 $17,710 $18,600
Select style
2-Door HB Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
tC 2-Door HB Automatic 23 31 $18,596 $19,575
tC 2-Door HB Automatic Release Series 7.0 23 31 $20,811 $21,905
tC 2-Door HB Manual 23 31 $17,646 $18,575
tC 2-Door HB Manual Release Series 7.0 23 31 $19,861 $20,905

Pricing

Invoice Price

$15,401
$16,760
$18,596

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$16,555
$17,600
$19,575

Monthly Payment Estimate

$276 / month
$293 / month
$326 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

7.0
7.4
7.6

TCC’s Bottom Line

The 2012 Honda Civic is a little more spacious, comfortable, and economical, but it's now one of the blandest of the bunch. The 2012 Kia Forte family of vehicles manages to feel more eager, comfortable, and sophisticated than its sticker price might suggest. The 2012 Scion tC is starting to develop an interesting personality, though it's still not very fast or exceptionally nimble.

TCC Likes

TCC Dislikes

Fuel Economy

City

28 mpg 26 mpg 23 mpg

Highway

39 mpg 36 mpg 31 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Compact Compact Cars Compact Car

Interior Dimensions

Second Hip Room (in)

49.0 53.3 48.5

Front Shoulder Room (in)

55.1 55.7 55.4

Passenger Volume (ft³)

83.2 96.8 88.4

Second Head Room (in)

34.3 37.6 36.4

Second Shoulder Room (in)

52.2 54.7 52.1

Front Leg Room (in)

42.2 43.3 41.8

Passenger Capacity

5 5 5

Front Hip Room (in)

53.2 53.0 52.6

Second Leg Room (in)

30.8 35.0 34.6

Front Head Room (in)

38.1 40.0 37.7

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Front (in)

59.0 61.3 60.6

Min Ground Clearance (in)

- TBD - 5.9 6.3

Length, Overall (in)

176.1 178.3 174.0

Height, Overall (in)

55.0 57.5 55.7

Track Width, Rear (in)

59.9 61.6 61.4

Wheelbase (in)

103.1 104.3 106.3

Liftover Height (in)

- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

69.0 69.9 70.7

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

11.7 14.7 -

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)

- - 14.7

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)

- - 34.5

Brakes

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

Yes NA NA

Brake ABS System

4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-wheel

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

NA Yes Yes

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

NA 10.3 x - TBD - 10.98 x - TBD -

Brake Type

Pwr Pwr Pwr

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

7.9 x - TBD - NA NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

10.3 x - TBD - 11.0 x - TBD - 11.65 x - TBD -

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

13.2 13.7 14.5

Steering

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

16.1 14.2 14.8

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

35.5 33.9 37.4

Steering Type

Electric Var Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric pwr

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

2.67 2.89 2.81

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -

Tires

Rear Tire Order Code

NA - TBD - NA

Front Tire Size

P195/65HR15 P195/65R15 P225/45R18

Spare Tire Size

T135/80R16 - TBD - T145/80D16

Front Tire Order Code

NA - TBD - NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA - TBD - NA

Rear Tire Size

P195/65HR15 P195/65R15 P225/45R18

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA NA - TBD -

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA NA NA

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA NA - TBD -

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA NA NA

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

2716 2791 3102

Wheels

Front Wheel Size (in)

15 x - TBD - 15 x 5.5 18 x 7.5

Spare Wheel Size (in)

Compact - TBD - Compact

Rear Wheel Material

Steel Steel Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

15 x - TBD - 15 x 5.5 18 x 7.5

Front Wheel Material

Steel Steel Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

Steel - TBD - Steel

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

7.5 6.3 6.3

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

- TBD - 550 - TBD -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

- TBD - 110 - TBD -

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

128 @ 4300 144 @ 4300 173 @ 4100

Engine Order Code

NA NA NA

Displacement

1.8L/110 2.0L/122 2.5L/152

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

140 @ 6300 156 @ 6200 180 @ 6000

Engine Type

Gas I4 Gas I4 Gas I4

Fuel System

MPFI Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

39 (Est) 36 31

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

28 (Est) 26 23

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

32 (Est) 29 26

Transmission

Clutch Size (in)

NA NA NA

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.02 1.80 1.42

Trans Type

5 6 6

Drivetrain

Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.53 1.00 0.71

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

1.96 3.38 4.15

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

1.53 2.63 1.90

Trans Order Code

NA NA NA

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

4.44 2.88 3.82

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.72 1.38 1.00

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic Automatic Automatic w/OD

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA 0.77 0.61

First Gear Ratio (:1)

2.67 4.21 3.30

Summary

Vehicle Name

Honda Civic Cpe Kia Forte Scion tC

Body Style

2 Door Coupe 4 Door Sedan 3 Door Hatchback

Suspension

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

18.0 - TBD - - TBD -

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

0.71 - TBD - 0.95

Suspension Type - Rear

Multi-link Torsion Beam Independent

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

NA w/Coil Springs Double Wishbone

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

15.0 - TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front

MacPherson strut MacPherson Strut Independent

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

0.43 - TBD - 0.87

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

NA w/Coil Springs MacPherson Strut

Emissions

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

5 7 6

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

6.5 (Est) 6.3 7.2

Crash Test Ratings

Overall Rating

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

Overall Side Crash Rating

Side Barrier Rating

Side Barrier Rating Driver

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

Rollover Rating

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