Easy to maneuver and park; fuel efficient; low base price
Limited use beyond the city; pricey with desirable options
The smart fortwo is unchanged for the 2015 model year.
While we might prefer the driving experience of some rival models, we don't blame you for being set on the smart fortwo's unique combination of reasonable pricing and city-car style. If you do get a fortwo, be sure to get the passion trim level, as it offers the best possible value in the model's lineup. While we like the fortwo electric drive, its $10,000 price bump is difficult to justify given the smart's tiny size.
The smart fortwo is offered in two trim levels. Only the coupe comes in the base-level pure trim, only with its gasoline engine. Step up to the higher-end passion model, and you can have your pick of coupe or cabriolet and gasoline or electric.
The pure ($14,000) includes keyless entry, an automatic transmission, power locks, a leather-wrapped steering wheel -- and that's about it. Yes, you'll have to pay extra for cruise control, a stereo and even air conditioning, and we highly recommend doing so.
Step up to the passion ($15,700 for the coupe and $18,700 for the cabriolet or $25,800 for the electric coupe and $28,800 for the electric cabriolet), and you get a more sensible equipment list that includes automatic climate control, power windows, power mirrors, a driver's armrest, shift paddles for the automatic transmission and a stereo with an auxiliary jack and a USB port.
The smart fortwo's options list is surprisingly long, and it includes items such as leather upholstery, heated seats, a navigation system, a 7-speaker surround-sound system, LED daytime running lights and fog lights.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
2015 Scion iQ -- The tiny iQ rides better than the fortwo, and it has more standard features. The iQ also has a back seat -- though it's tiny and only suitable in a jam. City fuel economy is better by a couple ticks, too.
2015 FIAT 500 -- The 500 is also bigger and more expensive than the fortwo, but it's very maneuverable in the city, and the driving experience is much more satisfying than in the fortwo. Plus, the 500 has a usable back seat (or more cargo space with the rear seat folded) and is rated at 40 mpg hwy.
Used MINI Cooper -- Few cars combine style and small size like the MINI Cooper. It boasts a nicer interior than the fortwo, along with more room, better driving dynamics and more available equipment. Pricing is high, though, so you may want to consider a used model.
Used Volkswagen Golf -- If you want a city car with a little more utility than the fortwo, consider a Volkswagen Golf. Fuel economy is excellent, especially in diesel guise, and like the fortwo, the Golf also offers a fully electric version. Pricing is higher than the fortwo's, though, so you may want to consider a used model.