Compare 2012 MINI Cooper vs 2012 Scion iQ vs 2012 smart fortwo

2012 MINI Cooper
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2012 Scion iQ
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2012 smart fortwo
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2-Door
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Cooper Convertible 2-Door 27 35 $22,455 $24,950
Cooper Convertible 2-Door John Cooper Works 25 33 $31,590 $35,100
Cooper Convertible 2-Door S 27 35 $25,155 $27,950
Cooper Coupe 2-Door 29 37 $19,170 $21,300
Cooper Coupe 2-Door John Cooper Works 25 33 $28,080 $31,200
Cooper Coupe 2-Door S 27 35 $22,140 $24,600
Cooper Hardtop 2-Door Coupe 29 37 $17,550 $19,500
Cooper Hardtop 2-Door Coupe John Cooper Works 25 33 $26,910 $29,900
Cooper Hardtop 2-Door Coupe S 27 35 $20,790 $23,100
Cooper Roadster 2-Door 27 35 $21,915 $24,350
Cooper Roadster 2-Door John Cooper Works 25 33 $31,050 $34,500
Cooper Roadster 2-Door S 27 35 $24,615 $27,350
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3-Door HB
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
iQ 3-Door HB 36 37 $14,501 $15,265
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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

$22,455
$14,501
$16,452

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$24,950
$15,265
$17,690

Monthly Payment Estimate

$416 / month
$254 / month
$295 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

8.6
7.0
6.0

TCC’s Bottom Line

More capacity, more practicality, and just as much sport and style, the 2012 MINI Cooper Clubman strikes a balance between family and fun. The appeal of the 2012 Scion iQ minicar is limited; but for parking-challenged urban dwellers, it's charming. 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

27 mpg 36 mpg 34 mpg

Highway

35 mpg 37 mpg 38 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Minicompact Mini Compact Minicompact

Number of Passenger Doors

- 2 -

Interior Dimensions

Second Hip Room (in)

- TBD - 33.8 -

Front Shoulder Room (in)

50.3 53.1 48.0

Passenger Volume (ft³)

- TBD - 73.8 45.4

Second Head Room (in)

38.5 35.9 -

Second Shoulder Room (in)

39.2 50.2 -

Front Leg Room (in)

41.7 40.9 41.2

Passenger Capacity

4 4 2

Front Hip Room (in)

- TBD - 53.9 45.4

Second Leg Room (in)

29.3 28.6 -

Front Head Room (in)

38.4 37.7 39.7

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Front (in)

57.4 58.1 50.5

Min Ground Clearance (in)

- TBD - 5.3 - TBD -

Length, Overall (in)

146.6 120.1 106.1

Height, Overall (in)

55.7 59.1 60.7

Track Width, Rear (in)

57.8 57.5 54.5

Wheelbase (in)

97.1 78.7 73.5

Liftover Height (in)

- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

66.3 66.1 61.4

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

9.2 16.7 7.8

Brakes

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

NA Yes Yes

Brake ABS System

4-Wheel 4-wheel 4-Wheel

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Yes NA NA

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

10.2 x - TBD - NA NA

Brake Type

Pwr Electric Pwr

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA 7.1 x - TBD - 8.0 x - TBD -

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

11.0 x - TBD - 10.0 x - TBD - 11.0 x - TBD -

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

13.2 8.5 8.7

Steering

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

14.1 13.2 - TBD -

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

35.1 12.9 28.7

Steering Type

Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Rack & Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

- TBD - 2.9 - TBD -

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -

Tires

Rear Tire Order Code

N/A - TBD - NA

Front Tire Size

P195/55R16 P175/60R16 P155/60R15

Spare Tire Size

NA NA NA

Front Tire Order Code

N/A - TBD - NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA - TBD - NA

Rear Tire Size

P195/55R16 P175/60R16 P175/55R15

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA - TBD - NA

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA - TBD - NA

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA - TBD - NA

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA - TBD - NA

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

2701 2127 1852

Wheels

Front Wheel Size (in)

16 x 6.5 16 x 5.0 15 x 4.5

Spare Wheel Size (in)

NA NA NA

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Steel Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

16 x 6.5 16 x 5.0 15 x 5.5

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Steel Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

NA NA NA

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

5.5 - TBD - 4.5

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

150 - TBD - - TBD -

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

118 @ 4250 89 @ 4400 68 @ 4500

Engine Order Code

NA - TBD - NA

Displacement

1.6L/97.5 1.3L/81 1.0/61

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

121 @ 6000 94 @ 6000 70 @ 5800

Engine Type

Gas 4-Cyl Gas I4 Gas I3

Fuel System

Direct Injection Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

35 37 38

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

27 36 34

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

30 37 36

Transmission

Clutch Size (in)

- TBD - NA - TBD -

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.19 NA 1.26

Trans Type

6 1 5

Drivetrain

Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.78 NA 0.71

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

3.14 - TBD - 3.23

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

1.79 NA 1.91

Trans Order Code

NA - TBD - NA

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

4.35 - TBD - 4.53

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.91 NA 0.94

Trans Description Cont.

Manual Continuously Variable Ratio Automatic w/Manual Shift

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.68 NA NA

First Gear Ratio (:1)

3.21 - TBD - 3.31

Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)

- NA -

Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)

- NA -

Summary

Vehicle Name

MINI Cooper Convertible Scion iQ Smart fortwo

Body Style

Convertible 3 Door Hatchback 2 Door Cabriolet

Suspension

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

- TBD - 0.83 NA

Suspension Type - Rear

Multi-link Torsion beam DeDion

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

w/Coil Springs NA NA

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front

MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

- TBD - NA NA

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

w/Coil Springs NA NA

Emissions

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

7 - TBD - 8

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

6.1 5.1 5.1

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

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Side Barrier Rating Driver

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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

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Combined Side Rating Front Seat

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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

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Rollover Rating

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