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2011 Smart Fortwo 2011 Hyundai Elantra 2011 Honda Civic
2011 Smart Fortwo 2011 Hyundai Elantra 2011 Honda Civic
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  • 2dr Cpe Passion
  • 2dr Cabriolet Passion
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DX Manual Sedan
  • DX Manual Coupe
  • DX Manual Sedan
  • DX Automatic Coupe
  • DX-VP Manual Sedan
  • DX Automatic Sedan
  • DX-VP Automatic Sedan
  • LX Manual Coupe
  • LX Manual Sedan
  • LX Automatic Coupe
  • LX-S Manual Sedan
  • LX Automatic Sedan
  • LX-S Automatic Sedan
  • EX Manual Coupe
  • EX Manual Sedan
  • EX Automatic Coupe
  • EX Automatic Sedan
  • EX-L Automatic Coupe
  • EX-L Automatic Sedan
  • Si Manual Coupe
  • EX Automatic Coupe with Navigation
  • Si Manual Coupe with Summer Tires
  • EX Automatic Sedan with Navigation
  • Si Manual Sedan
  • Si Manual Sedan with Summer Tires
  • EX-L Automatic Coupe with Navigation
  • EX-L Automatic Sedan with Navigation
  • Si Manual Coupe with Navigation
  • Si Manual Sedan with Navigation
  • GX Natural Gas Vehicle Automatic Sedan


MSRP $12,490 $14,945 $15,805
Invoice $11,616 $14,536 $14,571
Avg. Paid $6,788 $11,799 $10,912

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.2 8.4 8.4
Critics' Rating 6.5 9.3 9.6
Performance 6.1 8.4 8.5
Interior 7.9 8.8 8.2
Cost to Own 9.6 9.4 9.4
Safety N/A 10.0 8.5
Reliability 3.0 2.5 3.0

Pros & Cons

  • High fuel economy ratings
  • Navigates city easily
  • Great fuel economy
  • Outstanding safety scores
  • Class-exclusive available heated rear seats
  • Plenty of passenger and cargo space
  • Good gas mileage
  • Good reliability score
  • Underpowered, noisy engine
  • Little cargo space
  • Unimpressive reliability rating
  • Engine could be more powerful
  • Lower safety scores than top competitors
  • Small trunk
  • Few standard interior features

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Manual Manual
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I3 1.0/61 Gas I4 1.8L/110 Gas I4 1.8L/110
MPG 33 City / 41 Hwy 28 City / 38 Hwy 26 City / 34 Hwy



Body Style 2 Door Coupe 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan


Wheelbase(in) 73.5 106.3 106.3
Length, Overall (in) 106.1 178.3 177.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 61.4 69.9 69.0
Height, Overall (in) 60.7 56.5 56.5

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Rear Spoiler Optional


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 1808 2661 (est) 2630

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Front Performance Optional Optional
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Optional
Compact Spare Tire Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Optional Optional
Wheel Locks Optional Optional
Steel Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Wheel Covers Standard Standard Standard


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Optional Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard
Cruise Control Optional Optional
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard
Fog Lamps Optional
Interior Cargo Shade Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard
Remote Engine Start Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Optional
Trip Computer Optional Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Optional
Keyless Entry Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Optional
Heated Mirrors Optional Standard
Power Driver Mirror Optional Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Manual Steering Standard
Power Steering Optional Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 2 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 45.4 95.6 90.9
Front Head Room (in) 39.7 40.0 39.4
Front Leg Room (in) 41.2 43.6 42.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 48.0 55.9 53.7
Front Hip Room (in) 45.4 53.5 51.9
Second Head Room (in) 37.1 37.4
Second Leg Room (in) 33.1 34.6
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.8 52.4
Second Hip Room (in) 52.7 51.0
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 7.8 14.8 12.0


AM/FM Stereo Optional Standard Optional
Auxiliary Audio Input Optional Standard
CD Changer Optional
CD Player Standard Optional
MP3 Player Optional Standard
Satellite Radio Standard Optional
Premium Sound System Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Optional
A/C Optional Optional


Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Heated Driver Seat Optional
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard


4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard
Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Optional Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard


Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard
3 Cylinder Engine Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas I3 Gas I4 Gas I4
Displacement 1.0/61 1.8L/110 1.8L/110
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 70 @ 5800 148 @ 6500 140 @ 6300
Torque (Net @ RPM) 68 @ 4500 131 @ 4700 128 @ 4300
Transmission Automatic w/manual shift Manual w/OD Manual
Turning diameter 28.7 34.8 34.8


Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 33 28 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 41 38 34
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 8.7 12.8 13.2


Suspension Type - Front McPherson MacPherson Strut MacPherson strut
Suspension Type - Rear DeDion Torsion Axle Multi-link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)


Automatic Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard
5-Speed Automatic Standard
Manual Standard Standard
5-Speed Manual Standard
6-Speed Manual Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.