2008 Smart Fortwo Passion Coupe – Road Test – Car Reviews – Car and Driver

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2008 Smart Fortwo Coupe

A Pretty Good Boy: Or a nice car to play with.

You’ll recall telling Manet that for a to be successful it must have a life.” That means must be able to stomach at the purchased object day in and day out for a very time.

The look of this car, the Smart ForВ­two is just one of the tests it faces as it to gain a foothold in a country not for nurturing cute little cars made in Europe. 106.1 inches long, and the and the height round to 61 inches in directions, so the Fortwo is more four and a half feet than one of the few little cars were successful in this the Volkswagen Beetle. half a ago. The Smart seats weighs 1815 pounds, and has the storage space (eight feet) of a supermarket grocery

It is the smallest car curious Americans likely ever get into, and the vulnerability of its golf-cart dimensions, on little 15-inch donuts, may off a lot of buyers. But it’s very to get into and out of; it’s not at all cramped fact, it has about the same and close to the headroom, of a Cadillac The seats are exceptionally comfortable, the inside are first-rate, and the view out the is panoramic.

And the Fortwo comes with an odd when one notices that of the doors runs almost the length of the car.

Its short wheelbase (73.5 results in a nerve-jangling ride on streets that are raggedy, a where, oddly, it is supposed to as the perfect errand boy. And no overcoming the minuscule cargo although if you cram stuff up to the the room swells to 12 cubic and the passenger seatback folds flat. Our test vehicle got a 32 mpg overall, not the 50 or 60 mpg it looks like it deliver, and the tiny engine pricey 91-octane fuel.

Still, the Fortwo has real and can be fun to drive if you like to drive. If you and are simply looking for some from three-dollar gas prices, Chevy Aveo. Honda and Toyota Yaris.

They’re as as Jimmy Kimmel, but they do back seats and trunk and the prices are in the same ballpark.

The Smart is the Fortwo Pure. It at $12,235, and that’s without an air or radio. A step up is the better-equipped model seen here, at The Passion convertible. whose feels identical to the hatchback’s, at $17,235.

The rear wheels of all are powered by a three-cylinder engine making 70 and a very thin 68 pound-feet of at 4500 rpm. The 12-valve hangs out back and monkeys to 60 mph in 14.4 seconds. The heavier time is 13.6 seconds, and no, we know why, but at that who’s counting?

Top speed is 91 in the 92 in the cabriolet. Our three-door tester through the quarter-mile in 19.9 at 68 mph. The excellent-feeling brakes another quirky result: The stopped from 70 mph in 167 feet, the nine feet later. on the skidpad measured 0.71 g, amused our test driver, who “The super-conservative stability cuts throttle on the skidpad, so you floor it and steer.”

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