2011 Smart fortwo vs. Its Competition

2011 Smart Fortwo
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

With a starting price of more than $13,000 for the most basic model, including the destination charge, looking at price and value alone the Smart ForTwo competes with subcompacts like the Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit, and Toyota Yaris.

Not so much focusing on price, the Smart has a combination of size and style that’s unlike anything else in the U.S.

market and on these grounds competes with lifestyle cars like the MINI Cooper and perhaps even hybrids like the all-new Toyota Prius.

But soon it won’t be the only mini making a strong statement; next year the competition is expected to heat up even more with the arrival of the four-seat Scion iQ minicar, as well as the Mitsubishi i electric car.

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Quick Specs
6.2
The 2011 Smart Fortwo is at its best on congested urban streets; at highway speeds its less-secure feel becomes a liability in several ways.
7.8
If you're set on stylish and small, the 2011 Ford Fiesta might be your only choice, though you might miss the solid, roomy feel of a Fit.
8.0
The 2011 Honda Fit is like a mini-minivan in some respects, with an incredibly space-efficient design; yet it's peppy, frugal, and fun to drive.
7.6
51 mpg city! The 2011 Toyota Prius remains the highest-mileage hybrid on the market, but that doesn't get in the way of practicality or comfort.
6.0
The 2011 Toyota Yaris is a great city car for cost-conscious commuters, though those who expect a top-notch list of connectivity features will be disappointed.
8.6
The 2011 MINI Cooper/Convertible runs the gamut from smart econobox to thrusty sports convertible--all with unmatched driving feel and expertly interpreted styling heritage.
MSRP From     
$12,490$13,200$15,100$22,120$13,155$19,400
Gas Mileage     
33 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy51 MPG City / 48 MPG Hwy29 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I3Gas I4Gas I4Gas/Electric I4Gas I4Gas 4-Cyl
EPA Class     
MinicompactSubcompactSmall Station WagonMid-sizeSubcompactMinicompact
Style Name     
2-Door Coupe Pure4-Door Sedan S5-Door HB Manual5-Door HB I (GS)3-Door Liftback Manual (SE)2-Door Coupe
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveFront-wheel driveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
255554
Passenger Doors     
N/A4N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
2 Door Coupe4-Door Sedan5 Door Hatchback5 Door Liftback3 Door Hatchback2 Door Coupe
Transmission     
Automatic w/manual shiftManualManualCVTManualManual