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2014 smart fortwo KBB Expert Review

The Fair Market Range for this car in your area is $11,961 - $12,630.

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MSRP $14,020

Fair Purchase Price $12,296
Fair Market Range ($11,961 - $12,630)

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KBB Expert Rating 3.4 / 10
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KBB Expert Review

KBB Editors' Overview

By KBB.com Editors - Updated Date: 1/28/2014


When it first debuted in 2008, the Smart Fortwo drew a lot of attention its way. People were drawn to the Fortwo's low price, miserly fuel consumption and ability to park in the most claustrophobic parking spots. But, after the initial glow faded the Smart Fortwo saw sales drop and rave reviews evaporate. Bigger players introduced similar sized cars with more power and interior space, cars such as the Scion iQ, Fiat 500 and Chevrolet Spark. However, the 2014 Smart Fortwo does have an ace up its sleeve – a pure electric model that sells for around $25,000. And, the Fortwo is also wildly customizable, letting consumers with an artistic flair express themselves through their car.

You'll Like This Car If...

If your daily driving needs never take you far from the stop-and-go pattern of city traffic, the Smart Fortwo for 2014 is a good choice. It's one of the most affordable cars you can buy, sips fuel and can be parked in spaces overlooked by most cars.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The Smart Fortwo isn't much fun to drive at highway speeds, and it's not very fast. If you're looking for a small car with good handling, a bit of power and lot more presence on the road, try the Scion iQ or Ford Fiesta.

What's New for 2014

There are no changes to the 2014 Smart Fortwo.

Driving It Driving Impressions

Ordinarily a tiny wheelbase results in a rather rude ride, but with only 73.5-inches between the wheels the 2014 Smart Fortwo is surprisingly comfortable. However, once you leave the low-speed confinement of the city, the Fortwo's failings float to the surface like oil on water. At highway speeds, the Fortwo's steering requires constant correction to keep it on course. The engine labors for a good 13 seconds to reach 60 mph and the transmission is crude beyond reason. Strong winds and speeding 18-wheelers deliver unwanted shoves that require one to keep a firm grip on the steering wheel. After about 30 minutes of freeway driving, navigating the Fortwo felt more like a chore than joy ride, and we quickly exited to the side streets. It is here that the Fortwo's merits shine, displaying agile maneuverability, a comfortable ride and the ability to fit into parking spaces usually reserved for motorcycles and mopeds.

Favorite Features

TINY TURNING RADIUS
Thanks to its tiny 28.7-foot turning radius, the Smart Fortwo can pull a u-turn where other cars are forced to perform the dreaded three-point turn.

TRIDION SAFETY CELL
A car as small as the 2014 Smart Fortwo is bound to elicit safety concerns, especially with the preponderance of SUVs trolling the streets. To alleviate this fear, Smart has created a high-strength steel cell around the Fortwo's occupants designed to dissipate energy in the event of a crash.


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