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Selected Style 2-Door Coupe Pure
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe Pure 33 41 $10,779 $11,590
2-Door Coupe Passion 33 41 $12,639 $13,590
2-Door Cabriolet 33 41 $15,429 $16,590
5-Door HB Base (SE)
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
5-Door HB 48 45 $21,064 $22,875
5-Door HB Touring 48 45 $21,816 $23,770
5-Door HB Base 48 45 $20,210 $21,500
Pricing
Invoice Price
$10,779
$20,210
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$11,590
$21,500
Monthly Payment Estimate
$193 / month
$358 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
6.0
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2008 Smart Fortwo is a very competent, fun-to-drive city car, not just a novelty, but with so many caveats, most people would be best served by a hybrid or larger small car. The 2008 Toyota Prius isn’t that entertaining a car to drive, but it delivers exceptional fuel economy and a roomy interior.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 33 mpg 48 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 41 mpg 45 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Minicompact Mid-size
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity 2 5
Front Leg Room (in) 41.2 41.9
Front Hip Room (in) 45.4 51.0
Front Head Room (in) 39.7 39.1
Passenger Volume (ft³) 45.4 96.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 48.0 55.0
Second Head Room (in) - 37.3
Second Shoulder Room (in) - 52.9
Second Leg Room (in) - 38.6
Second Hip Room (in) - 51.6
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in) 54.5 58.3
Wheelbase (in) 73.5 106.3
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - 26.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 61.4 67.9
Track Width, Front (in) 50.5 59.3
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - 5.6
Length, Overall (in) 106.1 175.0
Height, Overall (in) 60.7 58.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 7.8 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) - 14.4
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) - - TBD -
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) NA NA
Brake Type Power Pwr Regenerative
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) 8.0 x - TBD - 7.9 x 1.2
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.0 x - TBD - 10.0 x 0.9
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 8.7 11.9
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD - 16.4 - 18.3
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 28.7 34.1
Steering Type Rack & Pinion Pwr rack & pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - 4.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size P155/60R15 P185/65R15
Spare Tire Size NA T125/70D16
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P175/55R15 P185/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 1808 2932
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA 16 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 5.5 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 4.5 15 x 6.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 4.5 8.2
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 272
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 6.5
Engine
Engine Type Gas I3 Gas/Electric I4
Fuel System MPFI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 68 @ 4500 82 @ 4200/295 @ 0 - 1200
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 1.0/61 1.5L/91
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 70 @ 5800 76 @ 5000/67 @ 1200 - 1540
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 41 45
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 33 48
Transmission
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.23 - TBD -
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.91 NA
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.53 3.93
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.94 NA
Trans Description Cont. Manual CVT
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.31 NA
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.26 NA
Trans Type 5 1
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.71 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again NA Automatic
Summary
Body Style 2 Door Coupe 5 Door Liftback
Vehicle Name Smart fortwo Toyota Prius
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) NA 0.79
Suspension Type - Rear DeDion Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA w/Stabilizer bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - 25
Suspension Type - Front McPherson MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA 0.83
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA w/Stabilizer bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - 30.2
 
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