Compare Smart Fortwo vs. Honda CR-Z vs. Volkswagen Jetta

Compare the Smart Fortwo against the Honda CR-Z and Volkswagen Jetta. Use this tool to compare rankings and see how the ForTwo, CR-Z and Jetta stack up against each other in terms of performance, features, safety prices and more. Then use our Best Price Program by selecting the trims you are interested in to see local prices and get a great deal on a new ForTwo, CR-Z and Jetta. If you are interested in used cars you can also search used listings in your area.

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2011 Smart Fortwo 2011 Honda CR-Z 2011 Volkswagen Jetta
2011 Smart Fortwo 2011 Honda CR-Z 2011 Volkswagen Jetta
2dr Cpe Pure
  • 2dr Cpe Pure
  • 2dr Cpe Passion
  • 2dr Cabriolet Passion
  • Manual
  • CVT
  • Manual EX
  • CVT EX
  • Manual EX with Navigation
  • CVT EX with Navigation
4dr Manual Sedan
  • 4dr Manual Sedan
  • 4dr Auto Sedan
  • 4dr Manual S Sedan
  • 4dr Auto S Sedan
  • 4dr Manual SE Sedan
  • 4dr Auto SE Sedan
  • 4dr Manual SE w/Convenience Sedan
  • 4dr Auto SE w/Convenience Sedan
  • 4dr Manual SE w/Convenience & Sunroof Sedan
  • 4dr Manual SEL Sedan
  • 4dr Auto SE w/Convenience & Sunroof Sedan
  • 4dr Manual TDI LE Sedan
  • 4dr Manual SEL w/Sunroof Sedan
  • 4dr Auto SEL Sedan
  • 4dr Manual SEL w/Sport Pkg Sedan
  • 4dr Manual TDI Sedan
  • 4dr DSG TDI LE Sedan
  • 4dr Auto SEL w/Sunroof Sedan
  • 4dr Auto SEL w/Sport Pkg Sedan
  • 4dr DSG TDI Sedan
  • 4dr Manual TDI w/Nav Sedan
  • 4dr DSG TDI w/Nav Sedan


MSRP $12,490 $19,345 $15,365
Invoice $11,616 $18,260 $14,750
Avg. Paid $6,788 $12,076 $9,675

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.2 7.7 7.7
Critics' Rating 6.5 8.3 8.0
Performance 6.1 7.4 7.8
Interior 7.9 7.9 8.1
Cost to Own 9.6 9.5 9.4
Safety N/A 8.0 9.3
Reliability 3.0 2.5 2.0

Pros & Cons

  • High fuel economy ratings
  • Navigates city easily
  • Good performance for a hybrid
  • Great cargo space for the class
  • Comfortable seats
  • Spacious interior with large trunk
  • Great fuel economy with the TDI
  • Good safety scores
  • Underpowered, noisy engine
  • Little cargo space
  • Unimpressive reliability rating
  • Very poor rear visibility
  • Only seats two
  • Cheaper interior materials versus the previous model year
  • Below-average reliability rating

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Manual Manual
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I3 1.0/61 Gas/Electric I4 1.5L/91 Gas I4 2.0L/121
MPG 33 City / 41 Hwy 31 City / 37 Hwy 24 City / 34 Hwy



Body Style 2 Door Coupe 3 Door Coupe 4 Door Sedan


Wheelbase(in) 73.5 95.9 104.4
Length, Overall (in) 106.1 160.6 182.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 61.4 68.5 70.0
Height, Overall (in) 60.7 54.9 57.2

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Rear Spoiler Optional


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 1808 2637 2804

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Front Performance Optional Standard Optional
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Standard Optional
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Optional Standard Optional
Wheel Locks Optional
Steel Wheels Standard Standard
Wheel Covers Standard Standard


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Optional Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Optional Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Optional Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard
Trip Computer Optional Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Optional
Keyless Entry Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional
Heated Mirrors Optional
Power Driver Mirror Optional Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Manual Steering Standard
Power Steering Optional Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 2 2 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 45.4 49.1 94.1
Front Head Room (in) 39.7 36.9 38.2
Front Leg Room (in) 41.2 42.7 41.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 48.0 53.8 55.2
Front Hip Room (in) 45.4 51.5 - TBD -
Second Head Room (in) 37.1
Second Leg Room (in) 38.1
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.6
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD -
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 7.8 25.1 15.5


AM/FM Stereo Optional Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Optional Standard
CD Player Standard
MP3 Player Optional Standard
Satellite Radio Optional
Premium Sound System Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Optional Standard
A/C Optional Standard


Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Heated Driver Seat Optional
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard


4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard
Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Optional Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard


Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard
3 Cylinder Engine Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas I3 Gas/Electric I4 Gas I4
Displacement 1.0/61 1.5L/91 2.0L/121
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 70 @ 5800 122 @ 6000 115 @ 5200
Torque (Net @ RPM) 68 @ 4500 128 @ 1000 - 1750 125 @ 4000
Transmission Automatic w/manual shift Manual Manual
Turning diameter 28.7 35.4 36.4


Hybrid Fuel Standard
Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 33 31 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 41 37 34
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 8.7 10.6 14.5


Suspension Type - Front McPherson MacPherson Strut McPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear DeDion Torsion Beam Twist Beam
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs


Automatic Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard
5-Speed Automatic Standard
Manual Standard Standard
5-Speed Manual Standard
6-Speed Manual Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.