2012 Smart fortwo Reviews& Test Drives – Green Car Reports

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2012 Smart fortwo Review

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If there’s a more polarizing car on the than the 2012 Smart , we’ve not heard about it. diminutive city car fits two and a tiny engine into the footprint on U.S. roads. certainly no mistaking the shape for else.

Unfortunately for Smart, the has never really caught on in the With a recalcitrant gearbox, fuel economy than expect and misconceptions over how a car that small could be, it’s not difficult to see why.

Ask someone on the street what of gas mileage a Smart ForTwo and you may get answers like “60 per gallon” or “75? 100 mpg?”

In it’s rated at merely 34 mpg and 38 mpg highway, for a combined rating of 36 So it hardly guzzles gas, but still not that much economical than significantly more practical cars the Kia Rio and Hyundai Accentand it’s behind its new minicar rival, the iQ, at a combined 37 mpg.

The Smart does score in areas. It has more character cars twice its size and 10 the price, and you can even specify a version. If zero emissions are thing, there’s also a electric version available (in limited numbers) with an rating.

However, you’ve got to need the Smart’s parking and appreciate its unique looks to it over the wealth of more faster and more economical on the market..

The most surprising facet of a may be the truly enormous interior for two people, even if they’re over six feet tall. room both for their and their heads, with above left over.

missing is cargo space. the engine over the rear which sit just slightly the passengers, there’s only capacity for a handful of grocery

At low speeds and in city traffic, the excels. It’s perky and And it can travel at speed, taking on at 70 mph or more without getting scary, though it can feel a skittish on its small wheels.

The very short wheelbase the nimble handling comes at the of ride quality, thoughyou can feel the bumps. Overtaking from the 1.0-liter three-cylinder is too, and the car pitches back and a lot.

That pitching is by the automated manual gearbox. no clutch to operate, but the slow, gear changes might you wish for one to smooth out the experienceor for a conventional automatic. Experienced drivers will learn how to the accelerator to reduce the worst of they shouldn’t have to.

The Smart ForTwo comes good crash-test ratings how small it is, though they’re top of the pack. It’s got the usual brakes, stability control, and airbags.

But the trim levelsPure and be well called Spartan and and perched on the high-mounted seats, the interior doesn’t cosset like other cars do.

Smart sells the ForTwo the tagline Uncar, and that’s the only way to justify the Smart more sensible choicesby it not as a car, but simply a different of transportation.

For more details, see the review of the 2012 Smart on our sister site, TheCarConnection.

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