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