Park-anywhere size; funky interior design; much improved interior quality from previous version; quirky styling
Very limited range; surprisingly expensive; ride can be harsh; limited regenerative braking; feels vulnerable in a world of SUVs and trucks
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.
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
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).
|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|
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.