Scion vs. everything under 25k?

So I'm going to be getting a new car in the next half a year or so. I'm looking at the Mazdaspeed 3, Cobalt SS, Volkswagen GTI, Honda Civic Si, Nissan Sentra SER Spec-V, and the Scion tc. I know the scion isn't in the same class as the other performance wise but I really like it looks wise and I would... show more So I'm going to be getting a new car in the next half a year or so. I'm looking at the Mazdaspeed 3, Cobalt SS, Volkswagen GTI, Honda Civic Si, Nissan Sentra SER Spec-V, and the Scion tc. I know the scion isn't in the same class as the other performance wise but I really like it looks wise and I would be willing to mod it. I'd probably be willing to spend more money overall on the scion to make it faster I just don't know if it's worth it and want some advice from some people who had experience tuning cars. Thanks in advance for the help!
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