2009 smart fortwo – Kelley Blue Book

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2009 smart fortwo

Americans don’t like small cars. That’s an over-generalization, of course, but there’s little doubt our country’s is the biggest, heaviest vehicle fleet in the world. Record gas prices and increasing environmental awareness, though, have combined to create a bona fide boom in sales of compact cars.

In some respects, Mercedes-Benz couldn’t have chosen a better time to introduce to the U.S. its smart brand microcars that have been tooling around Europe for 10 years now. The new, second-generation fortwo is also larger than the first (believe it or not), which is just the way we Americans like it.

If you’re looking to mitigate the financial impact of a longish highway commute, you might be disappointed in the affordable and fuel-efficient smart fortwo‘s skittish highway manners. You may also find frustrating the shifting behavior of the fortwo’s automated manual transmission.

Fresh from its American debut last year, the smart fortwo sees little change for 2009. Daytime running lights are now available as an option, and a loose cap indicator light is added on the dash, alerting the driver when the gas cap hasn’t been screwed on tightly enough. To increase storage space, expandable nets replace plastic bins on the side doors.

Driving Impressions For a vehicle so extremely compact and lightweight, we found the 2009 smart fortwo‘s highway ride quite comfortable.

The faster you go, however, the more skittish the fortwo becomes, and.

we eventually tired of having to constantly steer the car straight down the road. Similarly, we never got used to the automated manual transmission that swaps gears with all the grace of a backhoe. Where we most enjoyed our time at the controls of the smart fortwo was in parking lots, where the car’s micro measurements and sub-30-foot turning circle combine to deliver an almost comical sense of agility.

Although the smart fortwo‘s 90-mph top speed and 13-second zero-to-60 mph acceleration qualify it as one of the slowest new vehicles on the road, the upside is that you get to floor it more often.

Under the Hood

Tipping the scales at just 1,800 pounds (700 pounds less than a Mazda MX-5 Miata), the rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive 2009 smart fortwo is able to make its way in the world by means of an unusually small three-cylinder engine (that requires premium-grade fuel). The attached five-speed transmission is also distinct in that it’s essentially a manual gearbox that the fortwo electro-mechanically manages automatically #8211; there’s no clutch pedal or manual shift lever.

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