Compare 2012 smart fortwo vs 2012 MINI Cooper

2012 smart fortwo
2012 MINI Cooper
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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
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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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$11,616
$17,550
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$12,490
$19,500
Monthly Payment Estimate
$208 / month
$325 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.0
8.6
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
City
34 mpg 29 mpg
Highway
38 mpg 37 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Minicompact Minicompact
Interior Dimensions
Front Head Room (in)
39.7 38.8
Front Shoulder Room (in)
48.0 50.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
45.4 - TBD -
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 41.7
Passenger Capacity
2 4
Front Hip Room (in)
45.4 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
- 27.9
Second Hip Room (in)
- - TBD -
Second Head Room (in)
- 37.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
- 44.7
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
106.1 146.6
Height, Overall (in)
60.7 55.4
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
7.8 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- 24.0
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 5.7
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 x - TBD - 11.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
8.7 13.2
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
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 -
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P175/55R15 P175/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA N/A
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
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)
1808 2535
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
NA - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 4.5 15 x 5.5
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
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
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
68 @ 4500 114 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
NA N16
Displacement
1.0/61 1.6L/98
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
70 @ 5800 121 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I3 Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
36 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
38 37
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
34 29
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.68
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.31 3.21
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
Summary
Vehicle Name
Smart fortwo MINI Cooper Hardtop
Body Style
2 Door Coupe Coupe
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
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
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.1 5.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
8 7
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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