Compare Smart Fortwo vs. Scion tC vs. Scion xB

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2012 Smart Fortwo 2009 Scion tC 2009 Scion xB
2012 Smart Fortwo 2009 Scion tC 2009 Scion xB
2dr Cpe Pure
  • 2dr Cpe Pure
  • 2dr Cpe Passion
  • 2dr Cabriolet Passion
2dr HB Man (Natl)
  • 2dr HB Man (Natl)
  • 2dr HB Man (GS)
  • 2dr HB Man (SE)
  • 2dr HB Auto (Natl)
  • 2dr HB Auto (GS)
  • 2dr HB Auto (SE)
5dr Wgn Man (Natl)
  • 5dr Wgn Man (Natl)
  • 5dr Wgn Man (GS)
  • 5dr Wgn Man (SE)
  • 5dr Wgn Auto (Natl)
  • 5dr Wgn Auto (GS)
  • 5dr Wgn Auto (SE)


MSRP $12,490 $17,000 $15,750
Invoice $11,616 $16,150 $14,962
Avg. Paid $7,896 $9,848 $9,818

U.S. News Scores

Overall 6.9 8.6 7.5
Critics' Rating 6.0 9.1 8.6
Performance 5.7 7.8 7.8
Interior 8.0 7.8 7.6
Operating Cost 8.1 7.8 7.9
Safety N/A 8.2 9.0
Reliability N/A 5.0 2.0

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent maneuverability
  • Class-leading reliability
  • Impressive cargo space for a coupe
  • Standard driver’s knee airbag
  • Standard USB port and Pioneer stereo
  • Outstanding reliability score
  • Ample cargo space
  • Plenty of standard tech and safety features
  • Good safety ratings
  • Coarse transmission
  • Unstable and underpowered at highway speeds
  • Low fuel economy ratings for the class
  • Poor safety scores
  • Low-for-the-class gas mileage
  • Noticeable body lean in corners

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 2.4L/144 Gas I4 2.4L/144
MPG 34 City / 38 Hwy 20 City / 27 Hwy 22 City / 28 Hwy



Body Style 2 Door Coupe 3 Door Hatchback 4 Door Wagon


Wheelbase(in) 73.5 106.3 102.4
Length, Overall (in) 106.1 174.0 167.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 61.4 69.1 69.3
Height, Overall (in) 60.7 55.7 64.7

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Privacy Glass Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Standard
Panoramic Roof Standard
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Standard
Sunroof Sunshield Standard
Rear Spoiler Optional Optional


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 1808 2932 3020

Tires & Wheels

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


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Optional
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Optional Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Optional
Fog Lamps Optional Optional Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Optional Standard Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Optional
Trip Computer Optional Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Optional
Rear Floor Mats Optional Optional
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Optional
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard
Power Passenger Mirror Standard 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 84.7 100.8
Front Head Room (in) 39.7 37.6 40.0
Front Leg Room (in) 41.2 41.6 40.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 48.0 54.3 55.8
Front Hip Room (in) 45.4 53.2 52.7
Second Head Room (in) 36.6 41.2
Second Leg Room (in) 33.6 38.0
Second Shoulder Room (in) 50.0 54.7
Second Hip Room (in) 47.3 46.7
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 7.8 12.8 21.7


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

Heating & Cooling

A/C Optional Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional Optional
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional


Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Heated Driver Seat Optional
Seat Memory Standard
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 On/Off Switch 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 Standard
Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard Standard
Traction Control 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 2.4L/144 2.4L/144
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 70 @ 5800 161 @ 6000 158 @ 6000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 68 @ 4500 162 @ 4000 162 @ 4000
Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Turning diameter 28.7 36.1 34.8


Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 34 20 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 38 27 28
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 8.7 14.5 14.0


Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Independent MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear DeDion Independent Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Double Wishbone


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