2013 smart ForTwo

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Key Specs

of the 2013 smart ForTwo. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of the 2013 smart ForTwo

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

2013 smart ForTwo Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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 wi...

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

Latest 2013 ForTwo Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(3.9)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.1)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

Latest Reviews

(3.0)

Some Issues

by yamafx4dude from Houston, TX on July 12, 2018

Had a few common issues in the beginning including rear axle bearing leak and AC fan breaking with less than 40K miles. Rear axle seal fixed twice under warranty. The car is slow. Period. People cant ... Read full review

(4.0)

Great on gas!!!

by SARA CARTER from NEWARK, Oh on June 28, 2018

As small as it looks you can't believe the room inside!! Everyone that laughs at its small stature is amazed as soon as they sit in it. It is a zippy little car with great gas mileage and a great ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 smart ForTwo currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 smart ForTwo pure

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
acceptable
Overall Rear
acceptable
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
acceptable
Driver Torso
acceptable
Overall Side
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The ForTwo received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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