2014 smart fortwo vs. Its Competition

2014 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive
John Voelcker John Voelcker Senior Editor

The only direct competitor for the 2014 Smart ForTwo is the Scion iQ, which is less unpleasant on highways and is more suited to mixed-speed commuting use.

You can almost fit three adults into the Scion's "3+1" seating, and it offers many modern features unavailable on the Smart.

The Smart Electric Drive's nearest competitior is the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, which is slow and small, but offers four seats and four doors.

If you view the Smart as a lifestyle car, both the MINI Cooper and Fiat 500 may be competitors as well, though they're pricier.

The biggest challenge is that five-door subcompact hatchbacks like the Honda Fit and Hyundai Accent are no more money than a nicely equipped Smart, offer twice as many doors and seats, and get close to the same gas mileage.

The same also applies to the Chevy Sonic, Ford Fiesta, and Kia Rio--limiting the Smart to those buyers who value its unparalleled ability to park anywhere above all else.

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Quick Specs
6.0
The 2014 Smart ForTwo is now an old design, but it remains the easiest car to park in cities, and it's at its best in urban traffic; the electric model, new last year, is the nicest of the bunch, and now remarkably cheap.
7.2
The 2014 Hyundai Accent isn't exciting to drive, but it's one of the most comfortable, well-equipped cars its size--and still a great value.
7.0
The 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV is the least expensive electric car on the market, and it can carry four adults despite its tiny size and nimbleness around-town, though it's less good at highway speeds.
8.0
The 2014 MINI Cooper is a fun, smart, and practical way to get around, without giving up its sporty, quirky side.
6.8
The 2014 Scion iQ is perfect for city dwellers with really tough on-street parking; for everyone else, it's more of a statement about minimalism.
7.2
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.
MSRP From     
$13,270$14,645$22,995$19,950$15,665$15,425
Gas Mileage     
34 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy36 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Premium Unleaded I-3Regular Unleaded I-4ElectricIntercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-3Regular Unleaded I-4Gas I4
EPA Class     
Two-SeatersCompact CarsSubcompact CarsMinicompact CarsMinicompact CarsSmall Station Wagon
Style Name     
2-Door Coupe Pure4-Door Sedan Manual GLS4-Door HB ES2-Door Coupe3-Door HB (GS)5-Door HB Manual
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
254445
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
CoupeSedanHatchbackHatchbackHatchbackHatchback
Transmission     
Auto-Shift Manual w/ODManual w/ODAutomaticManual w/ODCVT w/ODManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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