2018 smart fortwo vs. Its Competition

2018 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Cabriolet, First Drive

Figuring out the direct competitors to the all-electric Smart ForTwo can be tough; with the demise of the tiny Scion iQ and the all-electric Mitsubishi i-MiEV, it’s competing with much less expensive minicars or the least pricey all-electric models.

The Chevrolet Spark is a much better vehicle than the Mitsubishi Mirage; both come as five-door hatchbacks, but the latest Spark has modern conveniences and a touch of dash, while the Mirage is just slow, crude, and cheap.

The all-electric Fiat 500e is available on cheap leases and its rear seat is hardly usable, so it’s a direct competitor—but it’s only sold in California.

The Mini Cooper hardtop is stylish, fun to drive, and small, though not nearly as small as it used to be, so perhaps it’s a competitor in the cheeky, unusual arena.

But we keep coming back to the Honda Fit, admittedly one size up.

It’s our favorite subcompact urban hatchback, and the spacious and flexible interior gives it unparalleled utility in a package that’s still (relatively) easy to park.

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Quick Specs
5.4
The 2018 Smart ForTwo, now sold only as an electric vehicle, remains the easiest car in the U.S. to park on crowded streets—and low battery range will keep it mostly urban anyway.
5.2
The 2018 Chevrolet Spark is a better minicar than competitors, but a larger subcompact or compact simply offers more—at a price that’s likely close.
6.0
The 2018 Honda Fit spaces out when it comes to economy-car goodness.
4.0
The 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage is the most minimal four-seat car you can buy; with small cars lagging in sales, you can do better for little more money.
6.3
The 2018 Mini Cooper is an icon made better by nimble handling and infinite customization.
MSRP From    
$23,800$13,050$16,190$13,395$21,600
Gas Mileage    
29 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy29 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy33 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy
Engine    
ElectricGas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-3Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-3
EPA Class    
Two-SeatersSubcompact CarSmall Station WagonSubcompact CarsMinicompact Cars
Style Name    
pure coupe4-Door HB Manual LSLX ManualES ManualOxford Edition FWD
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
24554
Passenger Doors    
N/A4N/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
CoupeHatchbackHatchbackHatchbackHatchback
Transmission    
AutomaticManualManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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