2010 smart fortwo vs. Its Competition

2010 Smart fortwo Passion Coupe
John Voelcker John Voelcker Senior Editor

The Toyota Yaris-the most fuel-efficient small hatchback, with ratings of 29 mpg city, 36 mpg highway-feels downright substantial next to the 2010 Smart ForTwo, offering a real backseat and the ability to do distance driving without terrifying driver and passenger.

The pricier but supremely flexible Honda Fit offers a breathtaking array of interior setups that let owners haul any mix of four people and their gear.

If it's the lowest cost you're seeking, the four-seat, five-door Nissan Versa offers a model that's more than $2,000 cheaper than the ForTwo.

Further along the style axis, the sprightly MINI Cooper is far more fun to drive at speed and just as good on gas, at 28 mpg city, 37 mpg highway.

Finally, hybrids like the new Toyota Prius and even the Honda Civic Hybrid compact sedan offer full seating for four or five and far better fuel economy, albeit at a higher price.

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Quick Specs
5.8
The 2010 Smart ForTwo is in its element on crowded city streets, but at speed or almost anywhere else, it can feel uncomfortably toylike.
8.0
Look beyond the appearance of the 2010 Honda Fit, which admittedly won’t quicken pulses. Honda nails the rest with the peppy, spacious, and frugal Fit.
8.0
The 2010 Nissan Versa is one of the best-value cars available on the market. Just remember that at its cheapest, you won’t be getting too much in the way of features.
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The 2010 Toyota Prius ups the ante in the hybrid world with 51-mpg city fuel economy and a finer style.
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Improved safety features make the 2010 Toyota Yaris an even more alluring package for those watching every penny in a new-car purchase.
MSRP From    
$11,990$14,900$9,990$21,400$12,605
Gas Mileage    
33 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy51 MPG City / 48 MPG Hwy29 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas I3Gas I4Gas 4-cylGas/Electric I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
MinicompactSmall Station WagonCompactMid-sizeSubcompact
Style Name    
2-Door Coupe Pure5-Door HB Manual4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 1.6 Base5-Door HB I (GS)3-Door LB Manual (SE)
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
25555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
2 Door Coupe5 Door Hatchback4 Door Sedan5 Door Liftback3 Door Hatchback
Transmission    
Automatic w/manual shiftManualManualCVTManual