Compare 2012 MINI Cooper vs 2012 Smart fortwo

2012 MINI Cooper
2012 Smart fortwo
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2-Door Coupe
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
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2-Door Coupe Pure
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
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
6.0
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
City
29 mpg 34 mpg
Highway
37 mpg 38 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Minicompact Minicompact
Interior Dimensions
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
66.3 61.4
Track Width, Front (in)
57.4 50.5
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 -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
24.0 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
5.7 -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 7.8
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 8.7
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.1 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.1 28.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P175/65R15 P175/55R15
Rear Tire Order Code
N/A NA
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
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2535 1808
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 5.5 15 x 4.5
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
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
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
114 @ 4250 68 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
N16 NA
Displacement
1.6L/98 1.0/61
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
121 @ 6000 70 @ 5800
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I3
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
32 36
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
37 38
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
29 34
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Vehicle Name
MINI Cooper Hardtop Smart fortwo
Body Style
Coupe 2 Door Coupe
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
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
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.7 5.1
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 8
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
-- --
Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
-- --
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
-- --
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating
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