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Smartfortwo vs MINI a Green Car Comparison

Updated on March 7, 2015

It Takes Research to Find The Best Deal

A tight budget means that all costs must be calculated when taking a step such as purchasing a new vehicle.

It is doubly important that a prospective car buyer is concerned about sustainability safety, and the real cost of fuel.

An environmentally minded, frugal, consumer, I did my homework when considering purchasing an automobile. I researched the Smart Car; SmartforTwo, and the MINI Cooper.

After compiling the research, I wanted to share the results with my fellow Earthlings, hoping to make a positive environmental impact, and help consumers make a greener, safer choice.

Review - 2015 Mini Cooper S - YouTube by Autofocusca Canada·

Making Car Deal Comparisons

I have kept up with tax law changes for several decades, and keep up with programs that come along that help others. I enjoy helping others.

When our President, Barack Obama initiated the ARRA (American Revitalization and Reinvestment Act) Programs, it was to save our economy from total collapse.

I am not approaching this topic from a political standpoint, but from and environmental and tax advantages viewpoint.

CARS, Car Allowance Rebate System was approved for go on August 1, 2009 , and ended November 1, 2009.

The program allowed certain vehicles, under specific criteria were able to be traded in, for a Government Rebate of from $3,500.00, to $4,500.00 . This program was monitored by the US Department of Transportation (DOT) . The DOT, created a website where all the information one needed could be linked on the site .

I own a 1999 Jeep Cherokee. My SUV fell into the highest rebate category. If I could find a trade, of vehicles that reduced my emissions, and fuel usage, I could take advantage of the CARS program, or as it has been heralded; the Cash for Clunkers Program .

First Things First

  1. Go to, to find out what vehicles are eligible. What the clunker owner's responsibility is, and what should be expected from the automobile dealer, according to the DOT, and IRS (Internal Revenue Service)
  2. Kelly Blue Book on-line, will let you compare any vehicles.

New MINI USA Cars, SmartforTwo Car and Jeep Cherokee

(click column header to sort results)
New:2015 MINI Cooper Clubman  
New: 2015 Smart fortwo  
Used: 1999 Jeep Cherokee  
27 mpg City / 34 mpg Hwy
34 mpg City / 38 mpg Hwy
16 mpg City / 20 mpg Hwy
4-Cyl, 1.6 Liter
3-Cyl, 1.0 Liter
6-Cyl, 4.0 Liter

Smart Car & The Electric drive is the Green Choice for 2015

In a diligent search for an automobile that has a low carbon footprint, while maintaining the highest safety ratings are primary. With the Feb 14, 2013 unveiling of the pure electric® SMARTfortwo, It is easy to see their cute little cars pulling ahead on sales. Check out the Electric Pure SMART for two®

There is also an important thing to consider, that is Automobile Insurance.

The Smart Car® offers payment plans and the low starting price of the more basic Smartfortwo® cars, is a big draw to a consumer who is careful with debt and money. All of that is for nothing if an expensive cost of living; Insurance for the vehicle. The Smart Car does not look like much up against a semi, but Smart is Safe.

When One Barrel of Crude Oil = 42 Gallons of Gas it is past time to re-think using fossil fuels altogether.

SMARTforTwo and SmartforFour 2015

New MINI Cooper Review 2015 Mini S Countryman Review

Safety and Insurance,Extras to Consider

As I mentioned before, making a purchase such as a Mini Cooper, or a Smart Car is a big decision. This was a decision based upon a program introduced to:

  1. Help our crashing economy
  2. Reduce greenhouse gases
  3. Get Clunkers off the streets

At this particular time I was working in professional position with a government agency. This was good opportunity to trade in my old Bessie Clunker, the Jeep.

I have always dreamed of having a MINI Cooper, for years, I have played on the website of MINI USA. Every few months I build a new MINI® custom. It is fun. It is easy to connect to the game apps on the MINI® USA website.

The more research I conducted, the closer I got to my dream of owning a MINI Cooper!

Wanting more than ever before to reduce my carbon foot-print on the Earth, I looked seriously toward the Smart Car®, or Smartfortwo®.

  • Insurance rates?
  • How safe were these little cars?

MINI has an overall 9.1 out of 10 on safety on the 2010 models (the convertible has rear vision issues)

Smart Car has an overall 8.1 for safety.

State Farm Insurance quoted insurance rates on the brand new cars, full coverage. The price for full coverage insurance on the MINI Cooper, or Smart4Two, were the same as the liability I carry on the Jeep Cherokee.

After doing a lot of research I felt the Smart Car would be the most economic decision.

End Comparison, and The Green Choice

The Smart Car has a short history with consumers, while the MINI Cooper is older than me. When it comes to green choices, Lilly must consider manufacture to final disposal when thinking green.

The MINI is going to stay around for a long time. The structure is built for longevity and lasting quality.

The Smart Car is like the Swatch of cars. In some cases it can be considered for a viable form of transportation around the town, and again, videos prove how tough the Smart Car is. The ability to change the panels, puts Lilly in the mind of high school, and it is a cute idea, but transportation is serious.

I still build MINI's, on the MINI Website, but would take either one, as a viable green option for personal transportation.

cited works:

MINI® USA all rights reserved Smart Car® all rights reserved, Google images®©,®©, ®© ®© ®©

© 2010 Lori J Latimer


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    • Johnvegan profile image


      7 years ago from USA


    • LillyGrillzit profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori J Latimer 

      7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Fluffy77, thanks for the read. They are such a good idea. Gas is going down right now, but it will continue to climb again. Thank you for taking the time.

    • Fluffy77 profile image


      7 years ago from Enterprise, OR

      What an informative and useful hub, I voted you up. I really love the idea of the smart car and really believe more people should be driving them today.

    • LillyGrillzit profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori J Latimer 

      8 years ago from Central Oregon

      @chan0512 Thank you. Thanks for the read.

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      8 years ago from Camarillo, CA

      I know someone who will like this article. I'll share this with him. :) Thanks for great article.

    • LillyGrillzit profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori J Latimer 

      8 years ago from Central Oregon

      @Blair Stover, they can get smashed, but the Smart car has a titanium cage that protects the driver, and a multitude of air bags.

      The Mini, as explained to me by my insurance company is very safe and well structured. I witnessed an accident with a big rig, and regular car, and a Mini, the Mini at the bottom of the dog pile, came out the best. Driver uninjured.

      But, I understand, I like my Jeep! :0)

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      Blair Stover 

      8 years ago

      I understand how smart cars and mini cars are good because they are better for the environment. However, they are not safe cars. Since they are so small they can easily get crushed by just a regular sized sedan, never mind a large SUV or truck.

    • LillyGrillzit profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori J Latimer 

      8 years ago from Central Oregon

      Dear Rosie, Thank you for the read, and your comments. I always liked hanging with the guys, and the 1st X, was a mechanic. Thanks for the props! Good luck on the Lottery! (I would love to be where no personal auto were necessary)

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      Rosie Rose 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Hiya Lilly, this is awesome! Holy mac, gf, you sure know your cars. I love the Smart cars and as the names says it is pretty smart and cool. The mini however has been around and as you said will last forever and you have already done so much research on it. I don't have a car anymore as I live smack right in the city of Toronto where public transportation is very convenient. But if I win the lottery, I will definitely look into buying a Smart car. Thumbs up and awesome!

      Happy Holidays,


    • LillyGrillzit profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori J Latimer 

      8 years ago from Central Oregon

      Dear Ms. Bettybarnesb,

      Hello, thank you kindly for coming by for a read, and your very nice comments. I am finding out that many of my greatest trials, have been great material for publishing! Who knew? Ha, we know who. :0)

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      8 years ago

      Hey Lilly- you are a lady tha knows her stuff. Your knowledge about so many things just amazes me. Hope you Christmas was wonderful for you and your family. Great hub.

    • LillyGrillzit profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori J Latimer 

      8 years ago from Central Oregon

      Howdy Ms. Katiem2,

      Thank you for every 'one thing' you do to make this world a better place. Thank you for the helpful and kind comments! :0)

    • katiem2 profile image


      8 years ago from I'm outta here

      I drove a seven passenger SUV and the guilt became heavy. I realized with just two kids I didn't need such a big car, but everybody had one, shame on me. I spent about $800.00 a month in gas.

      As I was in the midst of writing a enviromental piece my inner greeny got the better of me, I went shopping for a cross over and bought one. It's like a mini SUV and gets amazing gas mileage and cost only a fraction in gas as did my other car.

      I feel good about the change and glad I did! I see less and less SUV's on the road these days. Great report and well done. :) Katie

    • LillyGrillzit profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori J Latimer 

      8 years ago from Central Oregon

      SteveoMc, Thank you very much for reading and commenting. You are right about the gas mileage. I remember in the 1970's when Honda came out with a subcompact mini, and it got almost 100 mpg. It has been done before, and it can be done now. You are right on. Thank you fine Sir. Happy New Year, 2011 and beyond

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      8 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      I loved the video of the smart car in the arctic circle. I think that it should get a lot better mileage than 41 highway though.

    • LillyGrillzit profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori J Latimer 

      8 years ago from Central Oregon

      Dear prasetio30, Thank you for your comments about this Hub. I worked on it a long time, and hope it will help a lot of people compare. It is nice to know the Mini cooper is in Indonesia too! Happy New Year friend. The very best to you and your community.

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      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love mini car and I really enjoy this hub. You made this hub very complete and I found useful information. Mini cooper is always beautiful and smartfortwo cars is simple, cute and elegant. I have seen this on my television. It sold in Indonesia too, I thought many people want to have this car. Thanks, my friend. I give my vote to you. Take care and have a nice holiday!

      Blessing and hugs,


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