2013 smart fortwo vs. Its Competition

2013 Smart ForTwo (European model)
John Voelcker John Voelcker Senior Editor

The 2013 Smart ForTwo has been slightly restyled, but its drawbacks still stand out in comparison to its closest competitor, the Scion iQ.

While the iQ isn't quite as nimble in city driving, it's far more tolerable on highways and would make an entirely suitable commuter car.

The iQ's so-called 3+1 seating also fits three adults, more or less, and has a far more modern interior and features list.

The Fiat 500 and MINI Cooper are more stylish lifestyle cars (with minimal back seats) whose design doesn't scream "bargain basement," but both cost somewhat more.

The all-electric Mitsubishi i might fit that description as well, though it's almost twice the price.

But base models of the Honda Fit subcompact--or the newer Chevrolet Sonic, Ford Fiesta, or Kia Rio--provide far more car and almost the same gas mileage for prices about the same as the Smart's.

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Distinctive, quirky, and lightly restyled this year, the 2013 Smart ForTwo is at its best in crowded cities where parking and maneuverability are top priorities, but smooth driving takes careful practice and almost any other inexpensive car is a better choice for highway use.
If you're not turned off by the utilitarian look of the 2013 Honda Fit, you'll like what you get, which is awesome practicality and space-efficiency, plus some driving verve.
The 2013 Hyundai Accent is one of the best-equipped small cars, and it gets very good gas mileage, but it's not quite as exciting to drive as it looks.
The 2013 MINI Cooper models are small-car standouts in style and driving fun, and with several body styles and three different levels of performance you can pick your level of potency and practicality.
The 2013 Scion iQ will appeal to space-challenged city dwellers; for everyone else, it's a lifestyle choice to buy a car that stands out from the crowd.
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.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
34 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy36 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy
Gas I3Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4N/A
EPA Class     
MinicompactSmall Station WagonCompact CarsMinicompactMini CompactN/A
Style Name     
2-Door Coupe Pure5-Door HB Manual4-Door Sedan Manual GLS2-Door Coupe3-Door HB (SE)N/A
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveN/A
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Automatic w/Manual ShiftManualManualManualContinuously Variable RatioN/A