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Selected Style 2-Door Coupe
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe 29 37 $17,550 $19,500
2-Door Coupe S 27 35 $20,790 $23,100
2-Door Coupe John Cooper Works 25 33 $26,910 $29,900
2-Door Coupe Pure
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe Pure 34 38 $11,616 $12,490
2-Door Coupe Passion 34 38 $13,662 $14,690
2-Door Cabriolet Passion 34 38 $16,452 $17,690
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,550
$11,616
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,500
$12,490
Monthly Payment Estimate
$325 / month
$208 / month
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TCC's Bottom Line In all of its guises the 2012 MINI Cooper is fun-to-drive, uniquely styled, and with three standard levels of performance, there's an option for everyone. Still stylish and quirky, the 2012 Smart Fortwo can be a fun and useful car for tight urban spaces where its size and maneuverability is an asset; but for even occasional highway driving, nearly any other small car would be a better pick.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 29 mpg 34 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 37 mpg 38 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Minicompact Minicompact
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in) 37.6 -
Second Shoulder Room (in) 44.7 -
Front Leg Room (in) 41.7 41.2
Passenger Capacity 4 2
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 45.4
Second Leg Room (in) 27.9 -
Front Head Room (in) 38.8 39.7
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 50.3 48.0
Passenger Volume (ft³) - TBD - 45.4
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 146.6 106.1
Height, Overall (in) 55.4 60.7
Track Width, Rear (in) 57.8 54.5
Wheelbase (in) 97.1 73.5
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 66.3 61.4
Track Width, Front (in) 57.4 50.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) 5.7 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) 24.0 -
Trunk Volume (ft³) - 7.8
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.2 x - TBD - NA
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA 8.0 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.0 x - TBD - 11.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA Yes
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 13.2 8.7
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.1 28.7
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 14.1 - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size P175/65R15 P155/60R15
Spare Tire Size Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code N/A NA
Spare Tire Order Code 300 NA
Rear Tire Size P175/65R15 P175/55R15
Rear Tire Order Code N/A NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2535 1808
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 5.5 15 x 5.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 5.5 15 x 4.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 5.5 4.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 150 - TBD -
Engine
Displacement 1.6L/98 1.0/61
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 121 @ 6000 70 @ 5800
Engine Type Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas I3
Fuel System Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 114 @ 4250 68 @ 4500
Engine Order Code N16 NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 29 34
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 32 36
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 37 38
Transmission
Trans Type 6 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.78 0.71
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.14 3.23
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.79 1.91
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.35 4.53
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.91 0.94
Trans Description Cont. Manual Automatic w/Manual Shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.68 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.21 3.31
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.19 1.26
Summary
Body Style Coupe 2 Door Coupe
Vehicle Name MINI Cooper Hardtop Smart fortwo
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link DeDion
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 7 8
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 5.7 5.1
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating - -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating - -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver - -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger - -
Overall Side Crash Rating - -
Side Barrier Rating - -
Side Barrier Rating Driver - -
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat - -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat - -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat - -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat - -
Rollover Rating
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