2016 smart fortwo vs. Its Competition

2016 Smart ForTwo (European model)

The 2016 Smart ForTwo is the shortest car sold in the U.S.

Even the Mitsubishi Mirage and Chevrolet Spark minicars offer four seats and five doors, as does the tiny electric Mitsubishi i-MiEV.

But with the departure of the little Scion iQ, its closest competitor, Smart has the two-seat city car market pretty much to itself now.

The new Spark is a far better car than the underpowered Mirage, though the latter wins out on purchase price, and its 40-mpg combined fuel-economy rating will keep it inexpensive to run.

You have to be willing to live with an electric car rated at only 62 miles of range to consider the i-MiEV, and few buyers have.

Then, moving up a size, the Hyundai Accent and Honda Fit represent the inexpensive and the clever and flexible ends of the subcompact segment, respectively.

We like the Honda Fit, which was brand-new last year, a lot--and its base model may come in no more expensive than a mid-level Smart.

But if ease of parking is your main criterion for purchase, no other vehicle comes close to the new Smart.

2016 Smart ForTwo (European model)2016 smart fortwo
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2016 Chevrolet Spark, test drive outside Detroit, July 20162016 Chevrolet Spark
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2016 Honda Fit2016 Honda Fit
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2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
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2015 Mitsubishi Mirage2015 Mitsubishi Mirage
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Quick Specs
7.2
The 2016 Smart ForTwo promises parking ease—and this time, maybe better fuel economy and handling.
7.4
The 2016 Chevrolet Spark is an all-new version of the minicar that actually seats four adults; its more "adult" styling, higher-quality materials, and optional active-safety features may make it the best of the tiny cars.
8.0
The 2016 Honda Fit isn't as entertaining to drive as it once was, but it's unmatched in safety and space, thanks to the Magic Seat.
6.6
The 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV is nimble around town, can carry four adults, and has the lowest price tag of any electric car sold in the U.S.--but both its range and performance are only marginal at highway speeds.
6.2
The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage smaller than a subcompact and larger than a minicar, but offers five-door hatchback versatility on the cheap–and the best fuel economy you'll find in a non-hybrid car. That comes at a price in performance, though.
MSRP From    
$14,650$12,660$15,890$22,995$12,995
Gas Mileage    
32 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy30 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy29 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy34 MPG City / 44 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Premium Unleaded I-3Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4ElectricRegular Unleaded I-3
EPA Class    
Two-SeatersSubcompact CarSmall Station WagonSubcompact CarsSubcompact Cars
Style Name    
2-Door Coupe Pure5-Door HB Manual LS5-Door HB Manual LX4-Door HB ES4-Door HB Manual DE
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
24545
Passenger Doors    
N/A4N/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
CoupeHatchbackHatchbackHatchbackHatchback
Transmission    
Manual w/ODManualManual w/ODAutomaticManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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