Scion tC has New Competition, Maybe

While the Hyundai Elantra has always been in direct competition with the Toyota Corolla, it seems as though they have set their sights on another Toyota model, the Scion tC. Hyundai is set to launch the Elantra GT, as they take their crack at a sportier audience.

Car and Driver just released an article about the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT, which is supposed to be a sportier version of their Elantra. We decided, based on the information provided by Car and Driver to put it up against the Scion tC in a little head to head competition.

The new Elantra GT will start with a price of $19,170, and we don’t know if that includes the shipping fee. The Scion tC starts at $19,305. This puts the two vehicles in very very close proximity.

2012 Scion tC

2012 Scion tC

The Hyundai will make 148 horsepower and 131 ft-lbs of torque. Meanwhile the Scion tC produces 180 horses and 173 ft-lbs of torque, which is a considerable difference. Point goes to the Scion tC!

MPG is all the rave these days, even sports cars must get good gas mileage for the average consumer to even consider purchasing it. The Hyundai Elantra GT will be good for 27 miles per gallon in the city and 39 on the highway. The Scion tC gets an EPA estimated 23 miles per gallon in the city, and 31 on the highway. In the city there is almost no difference, however on the highway the Elantra gets the better mileage. The point goes to the Elantra GT.

Both include a rather lengthy list of appealing features that come standard. Those features include:

  • USB ports
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Alloy wheels (16″ on the Hyundai, 18″ on the Scion)
  • Airbags
  • 60/40 split

Although these comparisons are being made based on specs, it is important to note that we are talking about cars that are being marketed as “sporty.” It will be interesting to see if the customers will go for the higher MPG or for higher horsepower and torque in this segment. To check out the Scion tC first-hand visit Scion of Escondido.


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