2012 smart fortwo vs. Its Competition

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

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


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.
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.
Do Americans want small cars with more room and great gas mileage? The 2012 Hyundai Accent is betting they do--and so are we.
More capacity, more practicality, and just as much sport and style, the 2012 MINI Cooper Clubman strikes a balance between family and fun.
The appeal of the 2012 Scion iQ minicar is limited; but for parking-challenged urban dwellers, it's charming.
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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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2-Door Coupe Pure5-Door HB Manual4-Door Sedan Manual GLS2-Door Coupe3-Door HB (GS)
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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2 Door Coupe5 Door Hatchback4 Door SedanCoupe3 Door Hatchback
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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