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
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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 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
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
Exterior Dimensions
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
Track Width, Front (in)
59.0 61.3 60.6
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
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 -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 13.7 14.5
Steering
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 -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.1 14.2 14.8
Tires
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
Rear Tire Order Code
NA - TBD - NA
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
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
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 5.5 18 x 7.5
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
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
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
128 @ 4300 144 @ 4300 173 @ 4100
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
28 (Est) 26 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
32 (Est) 29 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
39 (Est) 36 31
Transmission
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
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.02 1.80 1.42
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 4 Door Sedan 3 Door Hatchback
Vehicle Name
Honda Civic Cpe Kia Forte Scion tC
Suspension
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
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
18.0 - TBD - - TBD -
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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