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2018 smart ForTwo Electric Drive

$23,800 — $29,100 MSRP
2 Seats
103-111 MPG
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Is this the car for you?
(3.5) 2 reviews

The Good

  • Zippy around-town driving feel
  • Bold color options
  • Parking ease

The Bad

  • Somber interior design
  • Ridiculously tiny for American roads
  • Limited driving range
  • Tiny multimedia screen
2018 smart ForTwo Electric Drive exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2018 smart ForTwo Electric Drive
  • Backup camera now standard
  • 10th Anniversary Edition coupe newly available
  • Two-seat battery-electric city car
  • Coupe or convertible
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Lots of customization options

Our Take

from the expert editorial team

What it is: Available as a coupe or soft-top convertible, the Smart ForTwo minicar comes in three trim levels and is driven solely by a battery-electric drivetrain. Competitors include the Chevrolet Spark, Fiat 500e and Mini Hardtop.

New for 2018

A backup camera is now standard. There’s a new 10th Anniversary Edition coupe that’s finished in Sapphire Blue Metallic paint, features 10th Anniversary badges, comes with the Sport Package and gets Brabus components, including 16-inch matte-gray wheels.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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Value For The Money

Niche car that's what I needed

by Stillageek on April 27, 2018

This is my 4th Electric Car. It has limitations (no fast charging), but it also is fun to drive and has a lot of storage places inside...seriously. I used to have a LEAF and still have a BMW I3, Tesla ... Read full review


I have a very fragile car

by paola from MIAMI on February 4, 2018

I lose a lot of time in charging the battery of the car, I need more than 3 hours to charge 100% and that gives me between 80 and 90 miles. I feel that at any moment the electrical system can fail Read full review


Recalls and crash tests


The 2018 smart ForTwo Electric Drive currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2018 smart ForTwo Electric Drive pure

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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 Electric Drive 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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