2011 Scion tC vs. Its Competition

2011 Scion tC
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The 2011 tC, fully pimped out, does an uncomfortable price overlap with a 2011 Ford Mustang V-6 that will smack it down with sub-six-second acceleration runs all day long.

Tucked under the $20,000 limit, the tC outdoes any other front-drive coupe for the money, with juiced-up power and grip that's just aching for some kind of forced-induction abduction.

The Honda Civic Coupe and Ford Focus Coupe are both lame-duck models, as we wait for replacements to arrive (in the Focus' case, as an early 2012).

The Kia Forte Koup comes close to rivaling the tC, but its driving experience isn't quite as finely honed; its interior is also, as in the Scion, somewhat cramped.

Another alternative is the rear-wheel-drive Hyundai Genesis Coupe, which delivers performance that approaches that of the Mustang along with some serious aftermarket potential.

With the tC, we'd still want to spend a fairly lavish amount on the aftermarket pieces.

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2011 Ford Focus 4-door Sedan S Side Exterior View2011 Ford Focus
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2011 Ford Mustang 2-door Coupe Premium Angular Front Exterior View2011 Ford Mustang
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2011 Honda Civic Sedan 4-door Auto EX-L Angular Front Exterior View2011 Honda Civic
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2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2-door 3.8L Auto Grand Touring w/Black Leather Angular Front Exterior2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
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2011 Kia Forte Hatchback2011 Kia Forte
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Quick Specs
The 2011 Scion tC is not a tremendous value any more, but it finally has some character to call its own.
The 2011 Ford Mustang lives up to all those juvenile, tire-smoking pony-car expectations; at the same time, it’s an unexpectedly capable, sophisticated coupe.
The 2011 Honda Civic is still a standout for its perky driving feel and responsiveness, but in most other respects it's no longer so impressive.
For road or track, the 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is one of the best performance values on the market.
The 2011 Kia Forte exemplifies the new direction of Kia, with a simple, elegant style, unexpected levels of refinement, and lots of value for the money.
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Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel driveFront Wheel Drive
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3 Door Hatchback4 Door Sedan2 Door Coupe4 Door Sedan2 Door Coupe4 Door Sedan
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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