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2013 smart fortwo vs. 2014 Lexus IS 250C Review

Comparison Review


Comfort
Offering just a little more front head- and legroom than the smart fortwo, drivers may find the Lexus IS 250C a little roomier and somewhat more comfortable.

Convenience
With the Lexus IS 250C you will definitely be making less frequent stops at the gas station than with the smart fortwo, due to its tank size and fuel economy.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Based on MSRP, the smart fortwo is clearly a better financial choice over the Lexus IS 250C. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The smart fortwo carries a much lower Destination Charge than the Lexus IS 250C.

Dimensions
Since the smart fortwo is much slimmer than the Lexus IS 250C, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. If you go with the smart fortwo, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Lexus IS 250C.

Drivetrain
The smart fortwo has much less torque than the Lexus IS 250C, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Handling
The smart fortwo has a significantly smaller turning radius than the Lexus IS 250C, allowing much better maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the smart fortwo is significantly less powerful than the Lexus IS 250C. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Utility
The smart fortwo has less seating than the Lexus IS 250C, making the Lexus IS 250C the better choice if you need to chauffeur many passengers. The smart fortwo has a roomier cargo area for holding your bags or other items than the Lexus IS 250C.

Warranty
The smart fortwo comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Lexus IS 250C.


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2013 smart
fortwo

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MSRP*: $17,890
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IS 250C

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MSRP*: $42,860
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Low APR Loan: As low as 3.24% --
Lease Incentive: -- --
City MPG: 34 21
Highway MPG: 38 --
Engine(s): I-3 V-6
Seating Capacity: 2 - 2 4 - 4
Basic Warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Safety Rating: Front
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Safety Rating: Side
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Safety Rating: Rear
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Invoice*: $16,638 $39,861

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