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 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
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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
If you're looking for style with a dash of sport and a handful of practicality, the MINI Cooper Coupe is a great choice. 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 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
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 -
Exterior Dimensions
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
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
9.2 16.7 7.8
Brakes
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 -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes Yes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 8.5 8.7
Steering
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 -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.1 13.2 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.1 12.9 28.7
Tires
Front Tire Order Code
N/A - TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA - TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/55R16 P175/60R16 P175/55R15
Rear Tire Order Code
N/A - TBD - NA
Front Tire Size
P195/55R16 P175/60R16 P155/60R15
Spare Tire Size
NA NA NA
Trailering
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
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD - NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2701 2127 1852
Wheels
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
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
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
5.5 - TBD - 4.5
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
150 - TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas 4-Cyl Gas I4 Gas I3
Fuel System
Direct Injection Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
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
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
27 36 34
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
30 37 36
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 37 38
Transmission
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
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
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA -
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA -
Summary
Body Style
Convertible 3 Door Hatchback 2 Door Cabriolet
Vehicle Name
MINI Cooper Convertible Scion iQ Smart fortwo
Suspension
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
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
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.1 5.1 5.1
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 - TBD - 8
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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