Compare Scion tC vs. Honda Civic vs. Toyota Prius c

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2012 Scion tC 2011 Honda Civic 2012 Toyota Prius c
2012 Scion tC 2011 Honda Civic 2012 Toyota Prius c
2dr HB Man (Natl)
  • 2dr HB Man (Natl)
  • 2dr HB Auto (Natl)
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-L Automatic Coupe
  • 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-L Automatic Coupe with Navigation
  • EX-L Automatic Sedan with Navigation
  • Si Manual Coupe with Navigation
  • Si Manual Sedan with Navigation
  • GX Natural Gas Vehicle Automatic Sedan
5dr HB One (Natl)
  • 5dr HB One (Natl)
  • 5dr HB Two (Natl)
  • 5dr HB Three (Natl)
  • 5dr HB Four (Natl)


MSRP $18,575 $15,805 $18,950
Invoice $17,646 $14,571 $18,003
Avg. Paid $14,240 $10,912 $15,381

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.1 8.4 8.7
Critics' Rating 7.7 9.6 8.7
Performance 7.2 8.5 6.5
Interior 7.8 8.2 7.0
Cost to Own 9.3 9.4 9.4
Safety 9.3 8.5 10.0
Reliability 3.5 3.0 4.5

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious back seat
  • Good gas mileage
  • Good reliability score
  • Outstanding fuel economy
  • Good reliability score
  • Cheap interior materials
  • Lower safety scores than top competitors
  • Small trunk
  • Few standard interior features
  • Sluggish acceleration

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual Automatic
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I4 2.5L/152 Gas I4 1.8L/110 Gas/Electric I4 1.5L/- TBD -
MPG 23 City / 31 Hwy 26 City / 34 Hwy 53 City / 46 Hwy



Body Style 3 Door Hatchback 4 Door Sedan Hatchback


Wheelbase(in) 106.3 106.3 100.4
Length, Overall (in) 174.0 177.3 157.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.7 69.0 66.7
Height, Overall (in) 55.7 56.5 56.9

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Standard
Panoramic Roof Standard
Rear Spoiler Optional Optional Standard


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3060 2630 2500

Tires & Wheels

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


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Optional Optional
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Optional Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Optional
Keyless Start Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard
Remote Engine Start Optional Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Optional
Trip Computer Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Optional Optional
Keyless Entry Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Optional
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard
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


Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 88.4 90.9 87.4
Front Head Room (in) 37.7 39.4 38.6
Front Leg Room (in) 41.8 42.2 41.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.4 53.7 52.3
Front Hip Room (in) 52.6 51.9 51.0
Second Head Room (in) 36.4 37.4 37.0
Second Leg Room (in) 34.6 34.6 50.8
Second Shoulder Room (in) 52.1 52.4 51.7
Second Hip Room (in) 48.5 51.0 50.8
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) 34.5 - TBD -
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 12.0


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

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard
A/C Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional


Cloth Seats Standard Standard 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 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

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


Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4 Gas/Electric I4
Displacement 2.5L/152 1.8L/110 1.5L/- TBD -
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 180 @ 6000 140 @ 6300 73 @ 4800
Torque (Net @ RPM) 173 @ 4100 128 @ 4300 82 @ 4000
Transmission Manual w/OD Manual Continuously Variable Ratio
Turning diameter 37.4 34.8 31.4


Hybrid Fuel Standard
Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 23 26 53
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 31 34 46
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 13.2 9.5


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


Automatic Standard
Continuously Variable Trans Standard
Manual Standard Standard
5-Speed Manual 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.