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2013 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive Review

This review was written when the 2013 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive was new.

According to test drivers, the 2013 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive has good acceleration and a spacious cabin, but it also has very little cargo space and dead steering.

The 2013 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive has an electric motor, a single-speed automatic transmission and a lithium-ion battery. Smart doesn’t say how much horsepower the electric motor produces, but critics are impressed with the vehicle’s acceleration from a stop, and think it has plenty of power for passing other vehicles and driving in the city. The EPA says the Fortwo Electric Drive gets 122/93 mpg-e city/highway. Its range is 68 miles, which is low considering its size. The Fortwo Electric Drive can travel further on a charged battery than many other electric cars, but auto reviewers say that those trips won’t be very comfortable because the Fortwo Electric Drive’s suspension picks up a lot of bumps in the road. One critic also says that the steering is sloppy, though the car’s small size makes it easy to park.

The 2013 Smart Fortwo Electric drive has seatbelts for two, but reviewers are shocked that such a small vehicle can fit tall adults comfortably. Cargo room, however, is a different story. Critics are disappointed that there’s so little cargo space, though they appreciate the abundance of interior cubbies. The Fortwo Electric Drive’s standard equipment includes a stereo with a USB port and auxiliary jack. There are two optional stereos and an optional navigation system. Reviewers don’t comment on how easy it is to use these features. Critics are divided over the vehicle’s interior quality. One critic thinks the Fortwo Electric Drive looks and feels like an upscale car, but a different reviewer is disappointed with the cheap materials.

  • "The price is attractive, and it undercuts the Smart's stiffest competition-Mitsubishi's iMiev. At a base $25,000 MSRP, this will become the most affordably priced electric vehicle on the market. Giving customers the option to choose between the same car with a gas or electric engine seems, well, smart." -- AutoWeek 
  • "In my view, the main drawback of the 2013 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive is the cost-the tiny two-seater is as much as some four-door vehicles. But for electric vehicle fans, the price might be attractive." -- Forbes

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Other Cars to Consumer

The Nissan Leaf costs several thousand dollars more than the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive, but it also seats five and has more cargo space and more standard features, including a navigation system.

The Toyota Prius isn’t an electric car, but this hybrid is more practical than the Fortwo Electric Drive and is less expensive. The five-seat Prius has comfortable front and rear seats, good cargo space and outstanding fuel economy ratings.

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Details: 2013 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive

The 2013 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive seats two people and comes in coupe and convertible body styles. The base model comes with a CD stereo and a USB port. There are two optional stereos, as well as an optional navigation system. The Fortwo ED can be charged using a 110-volt outlet or a 240-volt charging station. The Fortwo Electric Drive is new for 2013.

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Review Last Updated: 10/8/13

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