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2012 smart ForTwo

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  • (4.3) 18 reviews
  • MSRP: $3,603$9,863
  • Body Style: Coupe
  • Combined MPG: 36
  • Engine: 70-hp, 1.0-liter I-3 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
2012 smart ForTwo

Our Take on the 2012 smart ForTwo

The two-seat Smart ForTwo arrived at U.S. dealerships for the 2008 model year as a tiny runabout groomed for city streets and tight parking. Trim levels include basic Pure and the better-equipped Passion. The ForTwo is offered in coupe and convertible body styles. Its novelty rules out a rigid s... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • High-speed stability
  • Limited cargo capacity
  • Rock-hard brakes
  • Unrefined auto-manual transmission
  • No cheaper than other small cars
  • Premium gas recommended

Notable Features

  • Hardtop or convertible
  • Minuscule dimensions
  • Seats two
  • 33 mpg city
  • Stability system, four airbags

2012 smart ForTwo Reviews Expert Reviews

Editor's note: This review was written in May 2011 about the 2011 Smart ForTwo. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what's new for 2012, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years. The Smart ForTwo is a car that's been left behind in the competitive compact-car segment, and it's not hard to figure out why. The ... Read full review for the 2012 Smart For Two

Consumer Reviews


Average based on 18 reviews

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Almost Perfect...with one serious problem.

by BulldogNYC from New York NY on November 9, 2012

My 2012 Smart fortwo is essentially perfect. It's solid black with a black leather interior and has a full package of nice options (heated seats, ambient lighting, clear roof panel, extra wide tires, ... Read Full Review

3 Trim Levels Available

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2012 smart ForTwo Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports


Great news! There are currently no known recalls on 2012 smart ForTwo.

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.


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