Specifications on a Smart Car

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Specifications on a Smart Car
ideal for drivers who live in crowded cities (Noel Hendrickson/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

The smart fortwo --- which is often referred to simply as the "Smart Car" --- is the smallest car available in the United States as of 2010. The diminutive fortwo is ideal for drivers who live in crowded cities where parking is difficult to access. Its tiny dimensions and tight turning radius make it very manoeuvrable.

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Exterior Size

The smart fortwo's overall length is 106.1 inches while its wheelbase is 71.5 inches. For comparison purposes, Mazda's MX-5, known for its diminutive size, is 157.3 inches long with a 91.7-inch wheelbase. The fortwo's body width is 67.7 inches and its height is 60.7 inches. Its curb weight --- which is the car's weight without any passengers or cargo --- is 820kg.

Interior Size

The fortwo only has front seating which allows enough room for a driver and one passenger. The driver and passenger will find 40 inches of headroom and 41.2 inches of legroom. The fortwo's luggage capacity is 7.8 cubic feet. Its maximum cargo capacity is 12.8 cubic feet.

Engine and Performance

The fortwo comes with a three-cylinder engine. Its displacement is 1.0 L. This engine makes 70 horsepower and 68ft-lb of torque. Although it doesn't sound like much, the smart fortwo's low curb weight doesn't require a lot of power to move it around. The fortwo achieves a 0 to 60mph acceleration time of 12.8 seconds. According to "Road and Track" magazine, the Fortwo "scoots around briskly."

Fuel Economy and Efficiency

The smart fortwo is rated by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) at 33 miles per gallon in the city and 41mpg on the highway. The overall mpg rating is 36. Its annual emissions rating is 5.10 tons of C02. This ranks it among the "Best" cars for climate change reduction, according to the EPA.

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