Compare 2009 smart fortwo vs 2008 Toyota Prius

2009 smart fortwo
2008 Toyota Prius
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2-Door Convertible Brabus
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
fortwo 2-Door Convertible Brabus 33 41 $19,521 $20,990
fortwo 2-Door Convertible Passion 33 41 $15,801 $16,990
fortwo 2-Door Coupe Brabus 33 41 $16,731 $17,990
fortwo 2-Door Coupe Passion 33 41 $13,011 $13,990
fortwo 2-Door Coupe Pure 33 41 $11,151 $11,990
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5-Door HB
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Prius 5-Door HB 48 45 $21,064 $22,875
Prius 5-Door HB Base 48 45 $20,210 $21,500
Prius 5-Door HB Touring 48 45 $21,816 $23,770
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,521
$21,064
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,990
$22,875
Monthly Payment Estimate
$350 / month
$381 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
5.8
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Smart Fortwo is in its element in inner-city streets, but in the suburbs or almost anywhere else, it’ll probably feel uncomfortably toylike. The 2008 Toyota Prius isn’t that entertaining a car to drive, but it delivers exceptional fuel economy and a roomy interior.
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Fuel Economy
City
33 mpg 48 mpg
Highway
41 mpg 45 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Minicompact Mid-size
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
45.4 51.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
45.4 96.2
Front Head Room (in)
39.7 39.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
48.0 55.0
Passenger Capacity
2 5
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 41.9
Second Leg Room (in)
- 38.6
Second Hip Room (in)
- 51.6
Second Head Room (in)
- 37.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
- 52.9
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
50.0 59.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.6
Length, Overall (in)
106.3 175.0
Height, Overall (in)
60.3 58.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
53.7 58.3
Wheelbase (in)
73.5 106.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 26.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
61.4 67.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
7.8 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- - TBD -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 14.4
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
8.0 x - TBD - 7.9 x 1.2
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 x - TBD - 10.0 x 0.9
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
Power Pwr Regenerative
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
8.7 11.9
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 4.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 16.4 - 18.3
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
28.7 34.1
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr rack & pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/35R17 P185/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P175/55R15 P185/65R15
Spare Tire Size
NA T125/70D16
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
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
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
1896 2932
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA 16 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
4.5 8.2
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 6.5
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 272
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
68 @ 4500 82 @ 4200/295 @ 0 - 1200
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
1.0/61 1.5L/91
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
70 @ 5800 76 @ 5000/67 @ 1200 - 1540
Engine Type
Gas I3 Gas/Electric I4
Fuel System
MPFI EFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
41 45
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
33 48
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
36 -
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.26 NA
Trans Type
5 1
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.71 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA Automatic
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.23 - TBD -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.91 NA
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.53 3.93
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.94 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Manual CVT
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.31 NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Smart fortwo Toyota Prius
Body Style
2 Door Cabriolet 5 Door Liftback
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - 25
Suspension Type - Front
McPherson MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA 0.83
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Stabilizer bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - 30.2
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
NA 0.79
Suspension Type - Rear
DeDion Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Stabilizer bar
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- TBD - -

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