2013 smart fortwo electric cabriolet 

  • $28k
  • 13 kWh Plug-in EV
  • 122 city 93 hwy
9.8 Out of 10
$28,000
 
That’s because the electric Smart’s drivetrain never changes gears; as a result, power delivery is perfectly smooth.
by Car and Driver (Aug, 2013)
The Smart emblem moves into a new larger grille, while styling for the fog lights and lower valance is tweaked.
by cars.com (Apr, 2012)
Other models:
  • 2013
    • fortwo electric cabriolet
    • coupe

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of the smart fortwo electric

Affordability

Will it break the bank?

fortwo electric cabriolet
9.5
LEAF S
9.4
Annual cost

Fuel economy

Is it a gas sipper or guzzler?

fortwo electric cabriolet
9.7
LEAF S
10.0
EPA highway mileage

Air quality

Help the world breathe easier with higher scores.

fortwo electric cabriolet
10.0
LEAF S
10.0
EPA Smog Score

Climate friendly

Higher scores leave less of an impact on global warming.

fortwo electric cabriolet
10.0
LEAF S
10.0
combined CO2/mile and EPA greenhouse gas score

9.8

RideNerd Score

Affordability, Fuel economy, Air quality and Climate friendly

fortwo electric cabriolet
9.8
LEAF S
9.9

Benchmarks Real world tests of the smart fortwo electric

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score The EPA ranks cars based on their climate change impact; 10 is best.

fortwo electric cabriolet
10

EPA Smog Score The EPA ranks cars based on their air quality impact; 10 is best.

fortwo electric cabriolet
10

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

fortwo electric cabriolet
$6,185
Model S Base
$14,637

Driving Range on a Charge How far can you go before you need to recharge?

fortwo electric cabriolet
76 miles
Model S Base
206 miles
Spark EV 1LT
88 miles

Time to Charge Battery From zero to ready to go, charging time in hours.

fortwo electric cabriolet
4 hours
Model S Base
10 hours
LEAF S
8 hours

Range Gained Per Hour of Charging How quickly the car regains driving range.

fortwo electric cabriolet
19 miles
i-MiEV SE
9 miles
Spark EV 1LT
12 miles

Reviews Word on the street for the smart fortwo electric


8.8
The ForTwo uses a three-cylinder engine with an automated-manual transmission that can be left in automatic mode or shifted by the driver.

3.5
A top speed of 90 mph and a 13-second 0-60 mph time combine to make the Smart Fortwo one of the slowest new vehicles on the road.

Overall

6.2 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Powertrain

The new single-ratio transmission is much lighter and compact than the one used on the previous-generation electric Fortwo.
by AutoBlog (Oct, 2012)
This is a huge difference, in that its absence could make anyone at all really like the car, whereas the five-speed (previously six) automated manual with paddles frequently drove potential customers away and set off so many auto journalists.
by AutoBlog (Oct, 2012)
First is its powertrain.
by MotorTrend

Performance

The 9.922:1 gear ratio smoothly delivers the hotter acceleration via the 96 pound-feet of torque from the new electric motor.
by AutoBlog (Oct, 2012)
As with all EVs, power and torque come on instantly at each throttle jab, another reason why the Smart ED's package is so compelling.
by MotorTrend
When you do apply the brake pedal, there’s a disconcerting grabby response from the mechanical brakes as they transition from regenerative braking.
by Car and Driver (Aug, 2013)

Transmission

Unless you're married to some facet of the Smart, there are plenty of compact and subcompact cars that offer far better road manners, more standard equipment, and seating for five.
by KBB (Apr, 2013)
Width, height, and length remain at 61.4, 60.7, and 106.1 inches, but with a 93-module battery set below its double-plate floorboard, the ED gains an extra 300 pounds or so on top of the standard model's 1808-pound curb weight.
by MotorTrend
Last year, seat-net pockets became standard, as did new fabric for the seats and trim.
by The Car Connection (Apr, 2012)

Interior

The Fortwo's tall shape creates ample headroom and legroom for two passengers, while the floating design of its dash adds to the cabin's sense of spaciousness.
by KBB (Apr, 2013)
The Smart's interior is roomy considering its pint-sized exterior.
by cars.com (Apr, 2012)
The interior is woefully basic.
by www.autoweek.com

Manual

The sole transmission is a very unrefined 5-speed automated manual.
by KBB (Apr, 2013)
The automated manual transmission used in said "regular" Fortwo has earned a reputation for being one of the most lackadaisical we've encountered on a production vehicle, although Smart insists its owners are fine with it.
by MotorTrend
Standard amenities include rain-sensing wipers, halogen projector headlights, a stereo with USB and auxiliary inputs, and eight airbags.
by MotorTrend

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Brand smart
Model year 2013
City range 76 miles
Highway range 59 miles
MSRP $28k
Annual cost $6,185

engine & drivetrain

Air compressor None
Fuel Plug-in EV
Paddle shifters N/A
Gearing type Continuously-variable
Transmission Automatic 2WD
240V charge time 4 hours
Motor output 55 kW
Battery capacity 13 kWh
Battery specific energy 98.9 Watt-hour/kg
Regenerative braking axles None

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic
Has a speed sensitive volume No
Has a subwoofer No
Auxiliary input Yes
AM/FM radio N/A
CD player Optional
CD changer N/A
Satellite radio N/A
Entertainment system N/A

features

Cruise control Optional, $300
Front A/C Standard
Front passenger A/C N/A
Keyless entry Standard
Keyless ignition N/A
Sun roof Standard
Navigation system Optional, $1,290, 6.5 in
Roof rails N/A
Power locks Standard
Power mirrors Standard
Power outlets Standard
Power steering N/A
Power windows Standard

emissions

EPA smog score 10
EPA GHG score 10
Combined CO2/mile 0 g
Vapor canisters 0
Bleed canisters 0
Catalytic converters 0
Recirculates exhaust gas No

power & handling

Max torque 96 ft-lb
Max HP 47 HP
Power-to-weight ratio 45.49 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 28.7 feet

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front suspension Lower wishbone, McPherson strut, anti-roll bar
Rear suspension DeDion axle, coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers
Front brakes 10.98 in Solid Disc
Rear brakes 7.99 in Drum
Front wheel width 155 mm
Front wheel diameter 15 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 60

safety features

Active head restraints No
Airbags
  1. Knee
  2. Driver
  3. Passenger
  4. Side
Antilock brakes Standard
Child door locks N/A
Electronic stability control Standard
Traction control Standard
Rear camera N/A
Rear sensor N/A
Park assist system N/A
Communication system None

physical dimensions

Width 61.4 in
Front track width 50.5 in
Height 60.7 in
Ground clearance 5.2 in
Length 106.1 in
Wheelbase 73.5 in
Curb weight 2,138 lb
GVWR 2,535 pounds
Has a rear spoiler No
Seats 2 seats
Front seat room 45 ft³
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