2016 Scion tC vs. Its Competition

2016 Scion tC Release Series 10.0
Kirk Bell Kirk Bell Senior Editor

The Scion tC sits in a niche market with a few very interesting competitors.

The closest competitor is the Honda Civic Si, which is less engaging than most performance coupes but more fun than the tC.

The Hyundai Veloster Turbo also serves a similar function, and it is now as sporty as it looks, if you're into asymmetrical cars.

The MINI Cooper S is small, quirky, and fun to drive, but it can get expensive in a hurry.

There's also the excellent Ford Focus ST, which is larger and more expensive than the tC.

If you're looking for a completely different flavor, try the Ford Mustang V-6, which is only price-competitive in its basest form.

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Quick Specs
7.4
The 2016 Scion tC is a practical coupe with decent space and fuel economy, but power and performance are far from exciting.
8.4
The Ford Mustang keeps its newfound finesse and pony-car attitude, blasting past its 50th year with a rorty new Shelby GT350 variant plus more ways to stand out from the crowd.
8.8
The 2016 Honda Civic drops almost all the economy-car pretense; in Touring trim, it could easily wear a premium label.
7.8
The 2016 Hyundai Veloster is a tough one to classify, but it is what it appears: part sports coupe, part sensible hot hatch, and a lot of quirky.
8.6
The 2016 Mini Cooper is as cheeky as its retro style implies—and its three-cylinder engine is a charming surprise.
8.0
The 2016 Scion FR-S is the perfect affordable sports car for many, with just enough in the way of creature comforts to keep it livable as a daily driver as well.
MSRP From     
$19,385$24,145$18,640$18,000$20,700$25,305
Gas Mileage     
23 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-3Premium Unleaded H-4
EPA Class     
Compact CarsSubcompact CarsMid-Size CarsCompact CarsSubcompact CarsMinicompact Cars
Style Name     
2-Door HB Manual (GS)2-Door Fastback V64-Door Manual LX3-Door Coupe Manual2-Door HB2-Door Coupe Manual (GS)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
545444
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
CoupeFastbackSedanHatchbackHatchbackCoupe
Transmission     
Manual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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