2012 Smart fortwo vs. Its Competition

2012 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The all-new 2012 Scion iQ is without a doubt the Fortwo's only direct rival in the U.S.

market.

The iQ doesn't feel quite as agile and tossable at low speeds as the Fortwo, but it's far better on the highway and a feasible option for suburban commuters.

The iQ also can fit three adults in a pinch, thanks to its unique '3+1' seating, and its set of features and options is more extensive.

The MINI Cooper (and also for that matter the FIat 500) is more of a lifestyle car, and even though it costs thousands more, it overlaps with some of the same crowd, looking for a car that's unique and doesn't scream 'bargain basement.' The Mitsubishi i (electric car) would also land in this class, although it too is priced many thousands higher.

Finally, if you have to look at the Fortwo with a practical eye, it simply doesn't make a lot of sense next to base models of fine subcompacts like the Hyundai Accent, Chevrolet Sonic, Honda Fit, and Ford Fiesta.

With all of those, you get more car, more features, and a price that's about the same.

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Still stylish and quirky, the 2012 Smart Fortwo can be a fun and useful car for tight urban spaces where its size and maneuverability is an asset; but for even occasional highway driving, nearly any other small car would be a better pick.
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The 2012 Honda Fit is peppy and fun to drive, and its interior is incredibly space-efficient; but some might be turned off by its rather utilitarian look.
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Do Americans want small cars with more room and great gas mileage? The 2012 Hyundai Accent is betting they do--and so are we.
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Want a practical electric car for commuting, or as a second car? The 2012 Mitsubishi i is the simply the most affordable and efficient pick.
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In all of its guises the 2012 MINI Cooper is fun-to-drive, uniquely styled, and with three standard levels of performance, there's an option for everyone.
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The appeal of the 2012 Scion iQ minicar is limited; but for parking-challenged urban dwellers, it's charming.
MSRP From     
$12,490$15,325$12,545N/A$19,500$15,265
Gas Mileage     
34 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy36 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy
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Gas I3Gas I4Gas I4N/AGas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
MinicompactSmall Station WagonCompact CarsN/AMinicompactMini Compact
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2-Door Coupe Pure5-Door HB Manual4-Door Sedan Manual GLSN/A2-Door Coupe3-Door HB (SE)
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveN/AFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
255N/A44
Passenger Doors     
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2 Door Coupe5 Door Hatchback4 Door SedanN/ACoupe3 Door Hatchback
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Automatic w/Manual ShiftManualManualN/AManualContinuously Variable Ratio