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About Smart Vehicles

Vehicle Summary

The Smart vehicle brand was originally formed in 1994 in response to a growing demand for a small, stylish, and fuel-efficient car that could be driven around the city. By 1998, Smart had released its first model, the Smart City-Coupe; this small hatchback featured seating for two people, along with rear-wheel drive and a rear engine.

By the 2007 model year, the City-Coupe was renamed the Smart Fortwo, which was initially equipped with a turbocharged three-cylinder engine. By the 2008 model year, a fully electric version of the vehicle became available. The Smart Fortwo remains the only Smart model still produced for the United States market as of October 2019, though other Smart models included the Roadster, Forfour, and Crossblade.

If you're interested in owning a Smart car, you can still find used Smart Fortwos in the United States. Whether you end up with a Fortwo with a three-cylinder engine or a fully electric model, you can enjoy head-turning design and fewer (or zero!) stops at the pump in a Smart car.

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Q: Is the Smart Car being discontinued?

A: While Smart cars will continue to be produced in limited markets across the globe, the brand did announce that they are discontinuing production following the 2019 model year. This doesn't come as much of a surprise, as the only Smart model that was still available in the American market for 2019 was the electric Smart Fortwo.

Q: Who owns the Smart Car brand?

A: The Smart Car brand is owned by Daimler AG of Germany, the same company that owns such other vehicle brands as Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-AMG.

Q: How smart is a Smart Car?

A: That depends on what your definition of "smart" is! The 2018 Smart Fortwo, for example, does have "smart" technology on its base Pure trim that includes smartphone integration. Add-on "smart" options include rear parking sensors as well as a forward-collision-warning system. And if you're looking for a car that gets great fuel economy, a Smart Fortwo may be a "smart" choice; the 2018 Smart Fortwo base trim with 17.6-kWh battery pack and 60kW motor gets an EPA-estimated 108 MPGe.1

Q: What is the top speed of a Smart Car?

A: Top speeds may vary based on model year, trim, and other factors. For reference, the top speed of the 2017 Smart Fortwo is 96 mph.

1Range figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Range will vary based on things like battery age, vehicle condition, and driving conditions. Battery range may decrease with time and use. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See

Reliability Research

Above Average

RepairPal gave Smart an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Smart 10th out of 32 among all car brands. This rating is based on an average across all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

  • Cost RepairPal reports that the average annual cost for repairs and maintenance on all Smart models is $751, compared to an average of $709 across all the models RepairPal considered in its dataset. This includes both scheduled maintenance and unscheduled repairs.
  • Frequency According to RepairPal, Smart owners bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 0.3 times per year, compared to an average of 0.4 times across all the models RepairPal considered in its dataset.
  • Severity RepairPal reported that the probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 8% across all Smart models, compared to an average of 13% for all the models RepairPal considered in its dataset.

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2010-2019 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features.

*RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of 12/31/2018. Learn more.


Reviews for Smart

Overall Rating

4.6 out of 5 (5 reviews)

Great price, great gas mileage and Fun to drive!

I love my little smart car, I literally fill it up like twice a month and it costs 18-20$ to fill it using premium. Its a 3 cylinder so it doesnt get going super fast but I can cruise at 80 on the freeway no problem and its as smooth as any other car. Ive owned a genesis, a jeep cherokee, 2 jaguars, a camery, a Volkswagen beetle and a civic in my life time and the smart car is by far the best most efficient vehicle purchase I've made by far. Sure its small but it gets me where im going!


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- Lauren Lyons, 2013 Smart Fortwo

Great car a blast to drive

Great mileage and a lot of fun to drive and the convertible makes it a keeper


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- Ben Smalley, 2009 Smart Fortwo

A lot of surprise, in a small car

It's perfect for short to mid commutes in a high volume traffic city.


  • Fuel Economy: I drive for 3 hours in traffic 5 days a week and only have to fill up about every 10 days
  • Technology and Entertainment: The sound system is fantastic for such a small car, and I love that I can use an aux cord, or a usb
  • Reliability: Every other car I have ever owned has run into issues just a month into owning it, I've had this car for 5 months and everything is great


  • Ride and Handling: There is no cruise control, so it is not good for a far trip, but it is excellent for a daily commute to and from work. You feel a lot of the bumps on the road, but it's not too terrible. I mean it's a tiny car, you should expect that.

- Colton Mooney, 2013 Smart Fortwo

This price does not include tax, title, and tags. Additional fees may also apply depending on the state of purchase.