2008 Scion tC vs. Its Competition

2008 Scion tC 2-door HB Man (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

For 2008, the Ford Focus is available in a new coupe body style; with a more distinctive, quieter interior than before and more available convenience features, such as the SYNC communications and entertainment interface, the Focus offers a very compelling package for the money, even if it isn’t as much fun to drive as the 2008 Scion tC.

The Honda Civic coupe feels sportier than the Focus and the tC, but its engine isn’t as torquey for ordinary driving, and its interior feels a bit more cramped.

Like the tC, it’s also quite loud inside on coarse surfaces.

The Pontiac G5 and Hyundai Tiburon might also be worth consideration, but both of them feel rather outdated for different reasons.

The interior of the G5 feels subpar in appearance and quality, while the Tiburon sacrifices a lot of interior space for a curvaceous exterior shape that is no longer in vogue.

2008 Scion tC 2-door HB Man (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View2008 Scion tCBrowse Used Listings2008 Ford Focus 4-door Sedan SE Angular Rear Exterior View2008 Ford FocusBrowse Used Listings2008 Honda Civic Cpe Si2008 Honda Civic CoupeBrowse Used Listings2008 Hyundai Tiburon2008 Hyundai TiburonBrowse Used Listings2008 Pontiac G5 2-door Coupe Open Doors2008 Pontiac G5Browse Used Listings
Quick Specs
The 2008 tC has the look and feel of a $30,000 coupe at $10,000 less, fully loaded.
The 2008 Ford Focus isn’t all new, but it is an improvement, and a solid choice if you’re looking for a roomy car that handles well with a base price that starts around $15,000.
The 2008 Honda Civic Coupe brings back Honda's sporty reputation, with the Si version a particularly fun and engaging ride.
As good as 2008 Hyundai Tiburon is, its resale value is hurt by the poor quality of earlier models. It's important that you anticipate steep depreciation before committing.
The 2008 Pontiac G5 has the flash, but not the dash, of a red-blooded sport coupe.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas 4-Cyl
EPA Class    
Style Name    
2-Door HB Manual Spec (GS)2-Door Coupe SCoupe 2-Door Manual DX2-Door Coupe Manual GS2-Door Coupe
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
3 Door Hatchback2 Door Coupe2 Door Coupe2 Door Hatchback Coupe2 Door Coupe
Manual w/ODManual w/ODManualManual w/ODManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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