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2011 Scion tC 2011 Mini Cooper 2011 Kia Forte
     
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
4dr Sdn Man LX
  • 4dr Sdn Man LX
  • 4dr Sdn Auto LX
  • 5dr HB Man EX
  • 2dr Cpe Man EX
  • 4dr Sdn Auto EX
  • 5dr HB Auto EX
  • 2dr Cpe Auto EX
  • 5dr HB Man SX
  • 2dr Cpe Man SX
  • 4dr Sdn Auto SX
  • 5dr HB Auto SX
  • 2dr Cpe Auto SX
 

Prices

MSRP $18,275 $19,400 $14,995
Invoice $17,361 $17,460 $14,700
Avg. Paid $13,128 $14,004 $9,786

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.5 7.6 8.1
Critics' Rating 8.3 8.9 8.8
Performance 7.5 8.4 7.9
Interior 7.4 6.5 8.6
Operating Cost 8.2 8.0 8.3
Safety 9.3 8.7 9.0
Reliability 2.0 2.0 3.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Excellent safety scores
  • Standard driver’s knee airbag
  • Standard sunroof
  • Powerful engine
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Agile handling
  • Powerful engine options
  • Good fuel economy ratings
  • Strong list of tech features
  • Good cargo space for its size
Cons
  • Looks sportier than it drives
  • Little cargo space
  • Cramped rear seats
  • Below-average reliability
  • Low reliability score

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I4 2.5L/152 Gas 4-Cyl 1.6L/98 Gas I4 2.0L/122
MPG 23 City / 31 Hwy 29 City / 37 Hwy 25 City / 34 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 3 Door Hatchback 2 Door Coupe 4 Door Sedan

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 106.3 97.1 104.3
Length, Overall (in) 174.0 146.6 178.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.7 66.3 69.9
Height, Overall (in) 55.7 55.4 57.5

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard

Exterior Features

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

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3060 2535 2729

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
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard
Wheel Locks Optional
Steel Wheels Standard
Wheel Covers Standard

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

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

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 4 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 88.4 - TBD - 96.8
Front Head Room (in) 37.7 38.8 40.0
Front Leg Room (in) 41.8 41.7 43.3
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.4 50.3 55.7
Front Hip Room (in) 52.6 - TBD - 53.0
Second Head Room (in) 36.4 37.6 37.6
Second Leg Room (in) 34.6 27.9 35.0
Second Shoulder Room (in) 52.1 44.7 54.7
Second Hip Room (in) 48.5 - TBD - 53.3
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) - TBD - 24.0
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 14.7

Entertainment

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

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Optional
A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional Optional
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional Optional Standard

Seats

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

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch 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

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas 4-Cyl Gas I4
Displacement 2.5L/152 1.6L/98 2.0L/122
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 180 @ 6000 121 @ 6000 156 @ 6200
Torque (Net @ RPM) 173 @ 4100 114 @ 4250 144 @ 4300
Transmission Manual w/OD Manual Manual
Turning diameter 37.4 35.1 33.9

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 23 29 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 31 37 34
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 13.2 13.7

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front Independent MacPherson MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Multi-Link Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) MacPherson Strut w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Double Wishbone w/Coil Springs

Transmission

Automatic Optional
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Optional
6-Speed Automatic Optional
Manual Standard Standard Standard
6-Speed Manual Standard Standard Standard