2013 smart ForTwo

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$12,490

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2013 smart ForTwo
2013 smart ForTwo

Key specs

Base trim shown

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Overview

The good:

  • Unexpectedly roomy interior
  • Maneuverability
  • Turning circle
  • Iconic styling
  • Seating position
  • Slick convertible-top operation

The bad:

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

2 trims

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Notable features

  • Mild restyle for 2013
  • Hardtop or convertible
  • Minuscule dimensions
  • Seats two
  • 33 mpg city
  • SharpRed special edition

2013 smart ForTwo review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The two-seater Smart ForTwo is one of the smallest, least-expensive new cars sold. For 2013, the car receives new front, rear and side styling as well as a special edition model. There are no mechanical changes for 2013 — just cosmetic ones. The Smart competes most closely with the Scion iQ.

Exterior
The ForTwo’s minimal exterior changes include new styling below the headlights, to the side skirts and to lower rear bumper. The Smart emblem moves into a new larger grille, while styling for the fog lights and lower valance is tweaked. The rear’s lower valance has extra flare for 2013. A limited-edition SharpRed combines black and red highlights inside and out to unintentionally recreate the “A-Team” van. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 15-inch wheels
  • Contrasting colors along framework around passenger compartment
  • Convertible has fully powered soft-top
  • Available LED running lights
  • Available Brabus Sport Package

Interior
The Smart’s interior is roomy considering its pint-sized exterior. Newly optional for 2013 is a leather package that includes a leather and fabric combination on the seats and simulated leather on the dashboard with contrast stitching on the seats, dashboard and doors. Interior features include:

  • Standard fold-flat front passenger seat
  • Optional CD stereo
  • Optional power windows
  • Optional heated leather seats
  • Optional panoramic roof
  • Optional automatic air conditioning

Under the Hood
The ForTwo uses a three-cylinder engine with an automated-manual transmission that can be left in automatic mode or shifted by the driver. Mechanical features include:

  • 70-horsepower, 1.0-liter three-cylinder with 68 pounds-feet of torque
  • Five-speed auto-manual transmission
  • Optional power steering
  • Top speed of 90 mph

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Front and side-impact airbags
  • Antilock brakes
  • Traction control and electronic stability system

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.1
  • Interior design 4.3
  • Performance 4.0
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.4
  • Reliability 4.5

Most recent consumer reviews

4.4

Cute,Small,

I always get its so small. I bought this car just to drive to and from work after totaling my Subaru. I pay about 23 bucks for gas in the state of WA. I bought it preowned for 5,000 after taxes 7,400 with 25,000 miles on it. It's pretty good when driving. I won't lie, I'm a speed demon and this little car goes 90 mph. When its windy that's when the driving gets a little crazy. Maintenance for the car cost me about 500 bucks for two new tires and an alignment. The inside of the car is good. I usually use the passenger seat for my dog when we go to the park cause my husband would die if he was seen in it. The downside is I don't have a radio. But you can always install one

4.3

The best car over ever owned

OK so I used to own a four2. Coupe. And i done it into the ground to the point of the wheel coming off! I had clocked 122k miles on that tiny engine. By thar time the engine was leaking oil, and obviously signs of wear and tear like the wheel incident were to tell me its getting old. Is had it 15 years. After paying to get it fixed to get out through its last mot, I knew it would not make the next one. Plus, it was only a matter of time before that engine gave up. And I didn't fancy taking that chance. So I traded her in and now drive a diff car. I would have bought a new smart but they're terribly over priced esp for 2 seats. Anyway... Time for change. I used to drive up and down the uk in that car following the avro vulcan. I must say, those seats do hurt after a long trip. But easily fixed with a cushion. I was also proud to have camouflaged the car to match the vulcan insignia.so much so was my obsession with that plane! I turned my car into the vulcan car. And its often get vulcan fanatics stop me and chat to complement me on how awesome my car looked. So before I changed, I removed all the decals. Like a factory reset. Vulcan was decommissioned therfore so was my vulcan car. Sad times as I had many happy memories driving that. I do miss the flappy paddles. And the insane turning circle and parking forwards in sideways spaces... Really peein people off ha ha. And I loved that car. It wasn't the prettiest looking. Funny looking are the 450. The 451 was the better looking model which superceded the 450. I do miss the brabus tractor wheel alloys. They were mad!! Widest wheels ever. And another thing. That car saved my life. The tridon safety cell. Id had a speeding car plough straight into me whilst I was parked. Had that car no cell I would not be here to tell this tale. Do to anyone asking are smart cars any good are they safe etc Yes they are. I used to take my car to car shows, as the vulcan car. And I'll never forget some old boy peering into my car saying "I wouldn't feel safe in THAT" how VERY wrong. Silly old fool. He's the kind who would tail gate me because I had a small car. I do wish though that they had stayed with the merc engines and not gone to Renault. Go figure.. 122 THOUSAND miles on a 698cc engine. I've owned fiat's prior to the smart and both broke down all the time. Gear boxes went, radiators over heating. I was forever getting the rescue out to collect me. Inevitably I think I will return to the smart. For me I'm old skool smart. You don't see many of them around now. The 450. I miss the waving to other smart drivers. All good fun. It's sad to think she's broken up now. It's bizarre.. On the day I went to buy my new car, I got out of the smart and locked it. It beeped. It never did that. Almost as if it was telling me not to leave it there... And so a chapter came to an end. Good night oyster.

4.3

fun to drive for City travel. Plenty of room.

Fun to drive, plenty of room for shopping, plenty of leg and head room. Easy to find parking. Very reliable. Low cost maintenance. Very economical. Plenty of pepp. Paddle shifter is great. Has heated seats. Suspension is a bit hard, but for the price, what do you expect. All in all, I love my 2009 Smart Fortwo Passion. Watch out, other drivers treat us badly. Don't know why. It's a GREAT 2nd car. I absolutely love it!!!

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