2018 smart fortwo

Original MSRP Range
$23,800 - $29,100
Available Style(s)
Convertible, Coupe
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2018 smart fortwo

What We Like

Park-anywhere size; funky interior design; much improved interior quality from previous version; quirky styling

What We Don't

Very limited range; surprisingly expensive; ride can be harsh; limited regenerative braking; feels vulnerable in a world of SUVs and trucks


Expert Rating

3.0/ 5

Consumer Rating

5.0/ 5


What's New in the 2018 smart fortwo?

The gas-powered smart fortwo has been dropped altogether, leaving behind the smart fortwo electric model. It's now available in the same sort of trim level variety as the old gas model was.

Which fortwo is the Best?

First, we'd think long and hard about whether your parking situation is really that limited. Otherwise, it's just really hard to make a case for the fortwo electric, given its drawbacks and competitors.Find a smart fortwo for sale

How Much Does a 2018 smart fortwo Cost?

The 2-seat smart fortwo is available only as the electric drive model. The solid-roof coupe is available in pure, passion and prime trims, while the part-convertible cabrio model is only available in passion and prime.

The base pure ($23,800) trim comes standard with 15-inch steel wheels, a rearview camera, cruise control, power locks and windows, automatic climate control, a flat-folding passenger seat, cloth upholstery, Bluetooth, a USB port, a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack and a 2-speaker sound system. Simulated leather upholstery is an option.

The passion ($25,290 coupe; $28,100 cabrio) adds alloy wheels, a height-adjustable driver's seat, heated power mirrors, upgraded interior trim and a cargo cover. These items are available on the pure as standalone options. The cabrio passion has a power-retractable soft-top roof. This trim level also opens the door to additional color options.

The prime ($26,640 coupe; $29,100 cabrio) adds a panoramic sunroof, automatic headlights and wipers, fog lamps, leather upholstery and heated front seats. These items are available as stand-alone options on the passion. Options for the prime include a JBL sound system and a Sport package (16-in wheels, a lowered suspension, a chrome exhaust tip and shift paddles for the obligatory auto-manual transmission).

fortwo Trims

ConvertibleOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
fortwo electric drive passion cabriolet$28,100 / $26,133Electric80N/ASingle-SpeedRWD
fortwo electric drive prime cabriolet$29,100 / $27,063Electric80N/ASingle-SpeedRWD
CoupeOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
fortwo electric drive passion coupe$25,290 / $23,520Electric80N/ASingle-SpeedRWD
fortwo electric drive prime coupe$26,640 / $24,775Electric80N/ASingle-SpeedRWD
fortwo electric drive pure coupe$23,800 / $22,134Electric80N/ASingle-SpeedRWD

Is the 2018 smart fortwo a Safe Car?

That bit of contrasting trim that wraps around the smart fortwo isn't just there for decoration. It's actually something called the "Tridion safety cell," which provides the fortwo with immense strength and crashworthiness despite its tiny size. Beyond that, the fortwo comes with antilock brakes (front disc, rear drum), traction and stability control, side airbags that cover the body and head and knee airbags. A frontal-collision warning system is a stand-alone option.

The government gave the fortwo 4-star overall and front crash ratings along with a 5-star side crash rating. The nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it the best possible rating of Good in the moderate-overlap front and side crash tests.


Original Warranty

Basic4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion4 Years/50,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance4 Years/50,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
  • Alarm System
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
  • Lighting Pkg
  • 10th Anniversary Edition
  • Sport Pkg
  • Climate Pkg


2018 smart fortwo vs the competition

2018 FIAT 500e -- It's been a while since it's undergone a redesign, but the 500e offers city-friendly proportions, more interior space than the smart and a quirky retro character. It can also go considerably further on a charge. Its base price is higher than the smart's, but lease prices are notoriously extremely low.

2018 Hyundai Ioniq Electric -- Yes, the Ioniq has a higher base price, but it's not that much higher and you get way more car for the money. It's also surprisingly spacious and fun to drive. One of the better electric choices.

2018 Nissan Leaf -- The Leaf was completely redesigned for 2018, and again, although pricier than the smart, it's a far superior car -- electric or otherwise.

Used Chevrolet Spark -- Want an inexpensive electric car? Consider a used or certified pre-owned Chevrolet Spark. It's considerably more spacious than the smart and goes 30 extra miles on a charge. Oh, and since we're talking used Sparks, expect pricing to be about $10,000 less than a smart fortwo electric.

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