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Selected Style 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
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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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$11,616
$17,550
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$12,490
$19,500
Monthly Payment Estimate
$208 / month
$325 / month
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TCC Rating
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line 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. 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.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 34 mpg 29 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 38 mpg 37 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Minicompact Minicompact
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in) 41.2 41.7
Passenger Capacity 2 4
Front Hip Room (in) 45.4 - TBD -
Front Head Room (in) 39.7 38.8
Front Shoulder Room (in) 48.0 50.3
Passenger Volume (ft³) 45.4 - TBD -
Second Head Room (in) - 37.6
Second Shoulder Room (in) - 44.7
Second Leg Room (in) - 27.9
Second Hip Room (in) - - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in) 54.5 57.8
Wheelbase (in) 73.5 97.1
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 61.4 66.3
Track Width, Front (in) 50.5 57.4
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 106.1 146.6
Height, Overall (in) 60.7 55.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 7.8 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) - 5.7
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) - 24.0
Brakes
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) NA 10.2 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) 8.0 x - TBD - NA
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 ) Yes NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 8.7 13.2
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD - 14.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 28.7 35.1
Steering Type Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size P155/60R15 P175/65R15
Spare Tire Size NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA N/A
Spare Tire Order Code NA 300
Rear Tire Size P175/55R15 P175/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code NA N/A
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) 1808 2535
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 5.5 15 x 5.5
Front Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material NA - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 4.5 15 x 5.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 4.5 5.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 150
Engine
Displacement 1.0/61 1.6L/98
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 70 @ 5800 121 @ 6000
Engine Type Gas I3 Gas I4
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 68 @ 4500 114 @ 4250
Engine Order Code NA N16
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 34 29
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 36 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 38 37
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.26 1.19
Trans Type 5 6
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.71 0.78
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.23 3.14
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.91 1.79
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.53 4.35
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.94 0.91
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/Manual Shift Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.68
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.31 3.21
Summary
Vehicle Name Smart fortwo MINI Cooper Hardtop
Body Style 2 Door Coupe Coupe
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear DeDion Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 8 7
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 5.1 5.7
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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