Compare Scion tC vs. MINI Cooper vs. Honda Civic

Compare the Scion tC against the MINI Cooper and Honda Civic. Use this tool to compare rankings and see how the tC, Cooper and Civic stack up against each other in terms of performance, features, safety prices and more. Then use our Best Price Program by selecting the trims you are interested in to see local prices and get a great deal on a new tC, Cooper and Civic. If you are interested in used cars you can also search used listings in your area.

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2009 Scion tC 2009 MINI Cooper 2009 Honda Civic
2009 Scion tC 2009 MINI Cooper 2009 Honda Civic
2dr HB Man (Natl)
  • 2dr HB Man (Natl)
  • 2dr HB Man (GS)
  • 2dr HB Man (SE)
  • 2dr HB Auto (Natl)
  • 2dr HB Auto (GS)
  • 2dr HB Auto (SE)
2dr Cpe
  • 2dr Cpe
  • 2dr Cpe S
  • 2dr
  • 2dr S
  • 2dr Cpe John Cooper Works
  • 2dr John Cooper Works
DX Manual Sedan
  • DX Manual Coupe
  • DX Manual Sedan
  • DX Automatic Coupe
  • DX-VP Manual Sedan
  • DX Automatic Sedan
  • DX-VP Automatic Sedan
  • LX Manual Coupe
  • LX Manual Sedan
  • LX Automatic Coupe
  • LX-S Manual Sedan
  • LX Automatic Sedan
  • LX-S Automatic Sedan
  • EX Manual Coupe
  • EX Manual Sedan
  • EX Automatic Coupe
  • EX Automatic Sedan
  • EX Manual Coupe with Leather
  • EX-L Manual Sedan
  • EX Manual Coupe with Navigation
  • EX Manual Sedan with Navigation
  • EX Automatic Coupe with Leather
  • EX-L Automatic Sedan
  • Si Manual Coupe
  • EX Automatic Coupe with Navigation
  • Si Manual Coupe with Summer Tires
  • EX Automatic Sedan with Navigation
  • Si Manual Sedan
  • Si Manual Sedan with Summer Tires
  • EX Manual Coupe with Navigation & Leather
  • EX-L Manual Sedan with Navigation
  • EX Automatic Coupe with Navigation & Leather
  • EX-L Automatic Sedan with Navigation
  • Si Manual Coupe with Navigation
  • Si Manual Coupe with Navigation & Summer Tires
  • Si Manual Sedan with Navigation
  • Si Manual Sedan with Navigation and Summer Tires


MSRP $17,000 $18,550 $15,505
Invoice $16,150 $16,695 $14,296
Avg. Paid $9,848 $10,454 $8,903

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.9 8.0 8.5
Critics' Rating 9.1 8.5 9.5
Performance 7.8 8.4 8.3
Interior 7.8 6.5 8.2
Cost to Own 9.4 9.0 9.5
Safety 8.2 9.2 9.3
Reliability 5.0 3.0 3.0

Pros & Cons

  • Impressive cargo space for a coupe
  • Standard driver’s knee airbag
  • Standard USB port and Pioneer stereo
  • Good fuel economy for a sporty car
  • Plenty of standard safety and interior features
  • Powerful Cooper S and John Cooper Works models
  • Outstanding safety scores
  • Above-average reliability rating
  • Good fuel economy for the class
  • Quality interior
  • Smooth, quiet ride
  • Low fuel economy ratings for the class
  • Poor safety scores
  • Extremely cramped second row
  • Confusing interior design and features
  • Low reliability score
  • Lacks cargo space
  • Tight second row
  • Few standard features on base model

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I4 2.4L/144 Gas 4-Cyl 1.6L/97.5 Gas I4 1.8L/110
MPG 20 City / 27 Hwy 28 City / 37 Hwy 26 City / 34 Hwy



Body Style 3 Door Hatchback 2 Door Coupe 4 Door Sedan


Wheelbase(in) 106.3 97.1 106.3
Length, Overall (in) 174.0 145.6 176.7
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.1 66.3 69.0
Height, Overall (in) 55.7 55.4 56.5

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Standard Optional
Panoramic Roof Standard Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Standard Optional
Sunroof Sunshield Standard
Rear Spoiler Optional Optional Optional


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2932 2546 2630

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Front Performance Standard Optional
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Optional
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard Optional
Wheel Locks Optional Optional
Steel Wheels Standard
Wheel Covers Standard


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Optional
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard Optional
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Optional Optional Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard
HID headlights Optional
Interior Cargo Shade Standard
Keyless Start Optional
Rear Parking Aid Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Optional
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Optional Standard
Trip Computer Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Optional
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Optional Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Optional
Rear Floor Mats Optional Optional
Keyless Entry Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Optional Optional
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror Optional
Heated Mirrors Optional
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror Optional
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard
Power Folding Mirrors Optional
Power Passenger Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 5 4 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 84.7 - TBD - 90.9
Front Head Room (in) 37.6 38.8 39.4
Front Leg Room (in) 41.6 41.4 42.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.3 50.3 53.7
Front Hip Room (in) 53.2 - TBD - 51.9
Second Head Room (in) 36.6 37.6 37.4
Second Leg Room (in) 33.6 29.9 34.6
Second Shoulder Room (in) 50.0 44.7 52.4
Second Hip Room (in) 47.3 - TBD - 51.0
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) 24.0
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 12.8 12.0


AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Optional
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard Optional
Equalizer Standard
HD Radio Optional
MP3 Player Standard Standard Optional
Satellite Radio Optional Optional
Premium Sound System Standard Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Optional
A/C Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional Optional
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional


Cloth Seats Standard Optional Standard
Leather Seats Optional
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard
Heated Driver Seat Optional
Heated Passenger Seat Optional
Seat Memory Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard


4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard
Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes Standard

Safety Features

Electronic Stability Control Standard
Auto-On Headlights Optional
Daytime Running Lights Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Traction Control Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard


Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas 4-Cyl Gas I4
Displacement 2.4L/144 1.6L/97.5 1.8L/110
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 161 @ 6000 118 @ 6000 140 @ 6300
Torque (Net @ RPM) 162 @ 4000 114 @ 4250 128 @ 4300
Transmission Manual w/OD Manual Manual
Turning diameter 36.1 35.1 34.8


Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 20 28 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 27 37 34
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 10.6 13.2


Suspension Type - Front Independent MacPherson MacPherson strut
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Multi-Link Multi-link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Double Wishbone


Automatic Optional
6-Speed Automatic Optional
Manual Standard Standard Standard
5-Speed Manual Standard Standard
6-Speed Manual Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.