Theoretical match-up: Scion tC vs. Mazda 3

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Sport Compact Battle

  1. Scion tC

    16 vote(s)
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  2. Mazda 3

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    44.8%
  1. iZero

    iZero Guest

    These cars are pretty similar in many ways:

    Scion tC:

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    Mazda 3s hatch:

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    The bodystyles are different, yes. I will be referring to the 3s model from here on. The Mazda, especially in hatch form should be more usable. Both have MacPhearson setup up front and double wishbones in the back. The Mazda has a 2.3 liter I4 making 160 horsepower and 150 ft-lbs of torque. The Scion has a 2.4 liter I4 making 160 horsepower and 163 ft-lbs of torque. Both have A/C, regular power stuff, and ABS standard. Both come with 17 inch wheels (standard on the tC, optional on the 3) with tires of a similar size. I'd guess they'd cost nearly the same. So which would you want at the end of the day?
     
  2. B17A

    B17A Now with more ///M

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    ueberjeff Save the seals...club a liberal.

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    3, I'm planning to buy one in the next 30 days or so. I'm getting the 3s Sedan in Winning Blue with the ABS and Moonroof/6 CD packages. If you haven't driven one yet, you should. I was totally surprised at how nice it drove. The interior is also really nice. I like the exterior styling of the tc, but I think the interior looks like crap.
     
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    accordfreak93 Go Preds!

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    3 for sure.
     
  6. ProgWRX

    ProgWRX Citizen Dildo

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    the 3, but in sedan form...

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  7. Sonic

    Sonic Live every day to the fullest, for yesterday is go

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    3, the tC looks odd, like too many different sytles are going on...
     
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    Gromer Strange things are afoot at the Circle-K!

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    TenzoR She is hot hot hot

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    based on style alone I'd get a Mazda, don't even care what kinda wagon or sedan, both are amazing looking.

    however, common sense would kick in and I'll buy the Scion just for the dependibility known for most/all Toyota related cars
     
  10. Dr. Woo

    Dr. Woo Guns don't kill people

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    Me likey tC
    Me likey tC
     
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    Mega-JC: Da Return Tiger Knee!

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    wow I've never seen teh tc before :cool:. The rear kinda looks like a tiburon though.
     
  12. LEX

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    I'm torn between the two also. I think I would buy the tc because it has great utility (hatchback) and it has a very good list of standard features. The only thing that concerns me is insurance (I'm 19) and the tC has a optional bolt on supercharger.
     
  13. baboymo

    baboymo Have you been circumcised?

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    I'm a hatch lover and I gotta say the M3 looks a lot nicer.
     
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  15. iZero

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    Some additional info: The Mazda 3s doesn't come with ABS standard, that's part of a $800 package.
     
  16. Shiva Chaos

    Shiva Chaos i see boobies!

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    I would pick the 3 just because I drove it before. the tC looks nice. but looks waaay too much like a subaru for some reason.
     
  17. Evil_Jeanyus

    Evil_Jeanyus That's it Ellen, cup the balls.

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    i saw a blue 3 sport on the street today, and damn that thing is sexy
     
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    I'd take the Forzda 3.
     
  19. anomaly

    anomaly If you weren't around for the original HA.net spli

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    tc w/ trd supercharger, or whatever the supercharge IS going to be. The press-release said 200hp
     

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