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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 $13,848 $14,890
2-Door Cabriolet Passion 34 38 $16,638 $17,890
2012 Mitsubishi i
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TCC's Bottom Line Distinctive, quirky, and lightly restyled this year, the 2013 Smart ForTwo is at its best in crowded cities where parking and maneuverability are top priorities, but smooth driving takes careful practice and almost any other inexpensive car is a better choice for highway use. Want a practical electric car for commuting, or as a second car? The 2012 Mitsubishi i is the simply the most affordable and efficient pick.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 34 mpg N/A mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 38 mpg N/A mpg
EPA Classification Minicompact
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in) 41.200
Passenger Capacity 2
Front Hip Room (in) 45.400
Front Head Room (in) 39.700
Front Shoulder Room (in) 48.000
Passenger Volume (ft³) 45.400
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase (in) 73.500
Liftover Height (in) - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 61.400
Track Width, Front (in) 50.500
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 106.100
Height, Overall (in) 60.700
Track Width, Rear (in) 54.500
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 7.800
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) NA
Brake Type Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) 8.000 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.000 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) Yes
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 8.700
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 28.700
Steering Type Electric Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD -
Spare Tire Size NA
Front Tire Order Code NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA
Rear Tire Size P175/55R15
Rear Tire Order Code NA
Front Tire Size P155/60R15
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 1808
Rear Wheel Material Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 5.5
Front Wheel Material Steel
Spare Wheel Material NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 4.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 4.500
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 70 @ 5800
Engine Type Gas I3
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 68 @ 4500
Engine Order Code NA
Displacement 1.0/61
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 34
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 36
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 38
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.710
Trans Description Cont. Again NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.230
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.910
Trans Order Code NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.530
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.940
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/Manual Shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.310
Clutch Size (in) - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.260
Trans Type 5
Body Style Coupe
Vehicle Name Smart fortwo
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) NA
Suspension Type - Rear Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD -
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - TBD -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 5.1
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