2012 Scion tC vs. Its Competition

2012 Scion tC 2-door HB Auto (Natl) Side Exterior View
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The 2012 Scion tC has a foot in both the compact-car and performance-car worlds.

At about $20,000, it competes with very well-equipped versions of the Kia Forte Koup, a good-looking two-door without the kind of performance add-ons offered through Scion.

The Honda Civic's a longtime favorite in the aftermarket, but the latest edition has a thrifty-looking interior and uninspired design.

The Ford Focus doesn't come in two-door form, but the sleek hatchback will be offered with a 240-horsepower turbo four in the coming model year.

New and intriguing this year is the Hyundai Veloster, a four-cylinder four-door with two doors on the passenger side, but just one on the driver side.

It's very dynamic in looks, but performance isn't quite there yet--but there's a turbo version coming in the 2013 model year.

2012 Scion tC 2-door HB Auto (Natl) Side Exterior View2012 Scion tC
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2012 Honda Civic Sedan 4-door Auto LX Angular Front Exterior View2012 Honda Civic
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2012 Hyundai Veloster2012 Hyundai Veloster
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2012 Kia Forte 5-Door 5dr HB EX Angular Front Exterior View2012 Kia Forte
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Quick Specs
The 2012 Scion tC is starting to develop an interesting personality, though it's still not very fast or exceptionally nimble.
With the 2012 Focus, Ford shows that small cars don't have to feel so banal, with charismatic compacts that are more satisfying to drive, more luxurious, and better-equipped.
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 Hyundai Veloster starts with niche appeal, but its impressive handling and strong, high-value feature set should play well to the mainstream.
The 2012 Kia Forte family of vehicles manages to feel more eager, comfortable, and sophisticated than its sticker price might suggest.
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23 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 44 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy
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Compact CarCompactCompact- TBD -Compact Cars
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2-Door HB Manual (GS)4-Door Sedan S2-Door Manual DX3-Door Coupe Manual w/Black Int4-Door Sedan Manual LX
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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3 Door Hatchback4 Door Sedan2 Door Coupe3 Door Coupe4 Door Sedan
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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