i wasn't even considering getting a new car. i had a 2003 toyota corolla s and i had done mods to it so i was more than happy with it. when i saw the tc in person though, i said right then and there that i just have to have one. as far as scion and mazda or toyota and mazda goes, i have heard that a lot of people who have gotten the tc were considering the mazda 3 but liked the tc more for reasons that vary depending on the person. i personally will never buy a mazda or even consider it. that is just my opinion though. so, yeah, that's how cool i thought the tc was that i didn't even want it until i saw it in person and was blown away.