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2019
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2019 Smart ForTwo Ratings & Reliability
The Smart is not a smart choice unless easy parking is a priority. Only an electric-drive version is available. Tiny dimensions and a diminutive turning circle make this runabout a breeze to park. We tested it with the discontinued turbocharged, three-cylinder, gas engine. Handling was fairly responsive, but the ride was jittery and jumpy. The move to an electric drive system, has eliminated the noise and vibration but a puny driving range of 58 miles makes the Smart very impractical, unless it's used within a gated community. Funky interior details and cheerful colors and textures abound, and the tall stance eases cabin access. This is the last year for this wee car.
2016-2018
2016 Redesign Year
Smart ForTwo 2018
Although the second-generation Smart is improved, it's still not a smart choice unless easy parking is a priority. Tiny dimensions and a diminutive turning circle make it a breeze to park. Handling is fairly responsive, but the ride is jittery and jumpy. Noise and vibration from the turbocharged, three-cylinder, 89-hp engine buzzes through the car. The six-speed dual-clutch automatic is better than the original's rocky-shifting transmission but still causes idle vibration. Given the car's size and slow acceleration, you'd expect better than 36 mpg overall on premium fuel. Funky interior details and cheerful colors and textures abound, and the tall stance eases cabin access. For 2018, only the electric-drive version is available.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2018 $11,650 - $12,450 $8,670 - $9,420
2017 $9,575 - $12,625 $6,770 - $9,570
2016 $6,100 - $9,375 $3,560 - $6,560
2008-2015
2008 Redesign Year
Smart ForTwo 2015
This tiny two-seater was one of our lowest-rated cars, though it's good on gas, a snap to park, and easily sparks conversations. Access to the cabin is very easy and the seats are comfortable too. Power comes from a 1.0-liter, three-cylinder engine that does a decent job keeping up with traffic, but the Smart is very slow accelerating from a stop. It also has a harsh ride, clumsy handling, and an automated manual transmission that has the worst shift quality we've ever experienced. Gear changes are awkwardly executed, causing the car to pause and heave, which rocks occupants fore and aft. We've measured 39 mpg overall, but the Smart requires premium fuel. And, truth be told, given its size, the car really should return much better fuel economy.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2015 $5,175 - $6,700 $2,660 - $4,060
2014 $4,250 - $5,925 $1,865 - $3,315
2013 $3,125 - $5,250 $1,140 - $2,665
2012 $3,600 - $4,750 $1,300 - $2,200
2011 $3,300 - $4,475 $1,160 - $1,960
2010 $3,100 - $5,600 $1,070 - $2,945
2009 $2,975 - $4,075 $995 - $1,645
2008 $2,875 - $3,875 $920 - $1,495
2006-2007
2006 Redesign Year
Smart ForTwo 2007
The Smart ForTwo is a tiny two-seater four feet shorter than a Mini Cooper made by DaimlerChrysler. Inside, it doesn't feel as tiny and vulnerable as it looks. With a 40-hp, 0.8-liter, three-cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine and a six-speed sequential transmission, it recorded one of  the slowest 0-60 mph acceleration time of any vehicle we've tested: 23.2 seconds. The car quickly loses speed when climbing hills. Shifts are disturbingly slow, causing the car to lurch and lose significant speed during shifts. Handling is reluctant. Steering is vague, and the ride is jittery. At 45 mpg, it goes only one mile further on a gallon of fuel than a Toyota Prius. At least it attracts a lot of grins from onlookers.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2007 NA NA
2006 NA NA