Compare 2010 Honda Insight vs 2008 smart fortwo

2010 Honda Insight
2008 smart fortwo
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5-Door CVT LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
5-Door CVT LX 40 43 $18,687 $19,800
5-Door CVT PZEV LX 40 43 $18,687 $19,800
5-Door CVT EX 40 43 $20,098 $21,300
5-Door CVT PZEV EX 40 43 $20,098 $21,300
5-Door CVT w/Navi EX 40 43 $21,790 $23,100
5-Door CVT w/Navi PZEV EX 40 43 $21,790 $23,100
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2-Door Coupe Pure
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 Passion 33 41 $15,429 $16,590
Pricing
Invoice Price
$18,687
$10,779
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,800
$11,590
Monthly Payment Estimate
$330 / month
$193 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
6.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
For those who want to be seen in a smart, high-mileage hybrid but prefer to pinch pennies at the dealership, the 2010 Honda Insight is the way to go. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
40 mpg 33 mpg
Highway
43 mpg 41 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sub-compact Minicompact
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
50.4 -
Front Leg Room (in)
42.3 41.2
Passenger Capacity
5 2
Front Hip Room (in)
51.6 45.4
Second Leg Room (in)
33.5 -
Front Head Room (in)
38.4 39.7
Second Hip Room (in)
48.7 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
52.7 48.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
85 45.4
Second Head Room (in)
35.9 -
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.1 54.5
Wheelbase (in)
100.4 73.5
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
66.7 61.4
Track Width, Front (in)
58.7 50.5
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
172.3 106.1
Height, Overall (in)
56.2 60.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
31.5 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
15.9 -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 7.8
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA NA
Brake Type
Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
7.9 x - TBD - 8.0 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.3 x - TBD - 11.0 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)
10.6 8.7
Steering
Steering Type
Electric pwr rack & pinion Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.29 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.73 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.1 28.7
Tires
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P175/65SR15 P175/55R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P175/65SR15 P155/60R15
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Trailering
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
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2723 1808
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 5.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 4.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
5.3 4.5
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
NA - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas/Electric I4 Gas I3
Fuel System
MPFI MPFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
123 @ 1000 - 1500 68 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
1.3L/82 1.0/61
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
98 @ 5800 70 @ 5800
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
40 33
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
41 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
43 41
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.51 - 1.69 3.23
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.91
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.20 4.53
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.94
Trans Description Cont.
CVT Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.17 - 0.53 3.31
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.26
Trans Type
1 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.71
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
5 Door Sedan 2 Door Coupe
Vehicle Name
Honda Insight smart fortwo
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson strut McPherson
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.63 NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.71 NA
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion-beam DeDion
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
4.6 -
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- TBD - -

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