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.
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|2012 Scion tCBrowse Used Listings||2012 Ford FocusBrowse Used Listings||2012 Honda CivicBrowse Used Listings||2012 Hyundai VelosterBrowse Used Listings||2012 Kia ForteBrowse Used Listings|
|23 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||26 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 44 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|Compact Car||Compact||Compact||- TBD -||Compact Cars|
|2-Door HB Manual (GS)||4-Door Sedan S||2-Door Manual DX||3-Door Coupe Manual w/Black Int||4-Door Sedan Manual LX|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|3 Door Hatchback||4 Door Sedan||2 Door Coupe||3 Door Coupe||4 Door Sedan|
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|2012 Scion tC vs. 2012 Ford Focus||2012 Scion tC vs. 2012 Honda Civic||2012 Scion tC vs. 2012 Hyundai Veloster||2012 Scion tC vs. 2012 Kia Forte|