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.
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