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Compare 2012 Honda Insight vs 2012 smart fortwo

2012 Honda Insight
2012 smart fortwo
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5-Door CVT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Insight 5-Door CVT 41 44 $17,629 $18,500
Insight 5-Door CVT EX 41 44 $20,916 $21,965
Insight 5-Door CVT EX PZEV 41 44 $20,916 $21,965
Insight 5-Door CVT EX w/Navi 41 44 $22,553 $23,690
Insight 5-Door CVT EX w/Navi PZEV 41 44 $22,553 $23,690
Insight 5-Door CVT LX 41 44 $19,313 $20,275
Insight 5-Door CVT LX PZEV 41 44 $19,313 $20,275
Insight 5-Door CVT PZEV 41 44 $17,629 $18,500
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2-Door Convertible Passion
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
fortwo 2-Door Convertible Passion 34 38 $16,452 $17,690
fortwo 2-Door Coupe Passion 34 38 $13,662 $14,690
fortwo 2-Door Coupe Pure 34 38 $11,616 $12,490
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,629
$16,452
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$18,500
$17,690
Monthly Payment Estimate
$308 / month
$295 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.0
6.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Honda Insight has been updated for 2012, but it has less space than other subcompacts and lower mileage than several other hybrids. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
41 mpg 34 mpg
Highway
44 mpg 38 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Minicompact
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
33.0 -
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)
85.0 45.4
Second Head Room (in)
36.4 -
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
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
66.7 61.4
Track Width, Front (in)
58.3 50.5
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
172.3 106.1
Height, Overall (in)
56.2 60.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.0 54.5
Wheelbase (in)
100.4 73.5
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 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
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
10.6 8.7
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.29 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.8 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.1 28.7
Steering Type
Electric rack & pinion Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P185/60R15 P175/55R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P185/60R15 P155/60R15
Spare Tire Size
T135/80D15 NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
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)
2747 1852
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 4.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 5.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 4.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
NA - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
123 @ 1000 - 1700 68 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
1.3L/82 1.0/61
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
98 @ 5800 70 @ 5800
Engine Type
Gas/Electric I4 Gas I3
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
42 36
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
44 38
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
41 34
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.20 4.53
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.94
Trans Description Cont.
Continuously Variable Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift
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
Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.51 - 1.69 3.23
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.91
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
Hatchback 2 Door Cabriolet
Vehicle Name
Honda Insight Smart fortwo
Suspension
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)
0.71 NA
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion-beam DeDion
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
4.0 5.1
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
9 8

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