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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 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
3-Door HB (SE)
Pricing
Invoice Price
$11,616
$14,501
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$12,490
$15,265
Monthly Payment Estimate
$208 / month
$254 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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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. The appeal of the 2012 Scion iQ minicar is limited; but for parking-challenged urban dwellers, it's charming.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 34 mpg 36 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 38 mpg 37 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Minicompact Mini Compact
Number of Passenger Doors - 2
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in) 41.2 40.9
Passenger Capacity 2 4
Front Hip Room (in) 45.4 53.9
Front Head Room (in) 39.7 37.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 48.0 53.1
Passenger Volume (ft³) 45.4 73.8
Second Leg Room (in) - 28.6
Second Hip Room (in) - 33.8
Second Head Room (in) - 35.9
Second Shoulder Room (in) - 50.2
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 61.4 66.1
Track Width, Front (in) 50.5 58.1
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - 5.3
Length, Overall (in) 106.1 120.1
Height, Overall (in) 60.7 59.1
Track Width, Rear (in) 54.5 57.5
Wheelbase (in) 73.5 78.7
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 7.8 16.7
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) NA NA
Brake Type Pwr Electric
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) 8.0 x - TBD - 7.1 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.0 x - TBD - 10.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 8.7 8.5
Steering
Steering Type Rack & Pinion Electric
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD - 13.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 28.7 12.9
Tires
Front Tire Order Code NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size P175/55R15 P175/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code NA - TBD -
Front Tire Size P155/60R15 P175/60R16
Spare Tire Size NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 1808 2127
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 5.5 16 x 5.0
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 4.5 16 x 5.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA NA
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 4.5 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type Gas I3 Gas I4
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 68 @ 4500 89 @ 4400
Engine Order Code NA - TBD -
Displacement 1.0/61 1.3L/81
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 70 @ 5800 94 @ 6000
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 34 36
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 36 37
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 38 37
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.23 - TBD -
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.91 NA
Trans Order Code NA - TBD -
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.53 - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.94 NA
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/Manual Shift Continuously Variable Ratio
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.31 - TBD -
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.26 NA
Trans Type 5 1
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.71 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Summary
Body Style 2 Door Coupe 3 Door Hatchback
Vehicle Name Smart fortwo Scion iQ
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) NA 0.83
Suspension Type - Rear DeDion Torsion beam
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 5.1 5.1
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 8 - TBD -
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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