New and Used Smart fortwo: Prices, Photos, Reviews, Specs – The Car Connection

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The Smart ForTwo is a two-seat that, to date is the smallest car that’s sold in the U.S. though it’s been in the U.S. since 2008, it caught on nearly as much as it has in A new model is scheduled to arrive in but for now, it competes with the iQ, a slightly more expensive

For more information, including prices, and specifications, see our full of the 2013 Smart ForTwo .

Launched into the teeth of the gas the Smart ForTwo sold gangbusters in its first two years–and sales fell away Outside of the small number of for whom on-street parking is the concern, and the growing number of car-sharing programs, the Smart many penalties in its minimal The base model is inexpensive but basic.

Once you start to add a number of vehicles offer a mix of features and practicality–from the Honda Fit to the Cooper, and especially Chevrolet’s new minicar, a five-door hatchback can actually carry four

The U.S. model of the Smart is powered by a 70-hp, 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine and five-speed manual. Dimensions were different, along with changes in materials, trims, and but U.S. Smarts kept the rear-wheel-drive configuration.

When you’re gently and not zipping, though, the transmission can be lurching between gears in Performance isn’t that though, if you go by the specs: 0-to-60-mph are a leisurely 13 seconds or so.

Originally a between Mercedes-Benz and the watch Swatch–yes, truly–the European of the Smart ForTwo offered a array of powerplants, including a turbocharged three-cylinder diesel (That car was sold in Canada for a few but never in the U.S.)

For 2013, the of upgrades included mildly front and rear styling, and the Smart badge from the to the center of the grille. A comprehensive freshening came in 2011, a few new features added to the stark decor–at the request, Smart of buyers.

The U.S. Smart pretty much the same as the version behind the wheel. In in a tight urban environment as Manhattan—piloting the Fortwo is a joy.

The powertrain is reasonably responsive, downright zippy at low speeds; stable steering allows opportunities to dart through in traffic when time is of the and the high seating position a great view around.

The that make the Fortwo so in the city conspire to make it so—and in some cases a little scary—on the highway. and road noise are excessive at speeds, and while the Smart cruise at 70 or even 80 mph, you want to stay there for

The short wheelbase and rather suspension calibration that make it feel so responsive, a little jittery, in the city it bouncy and busy at higher you especially feel crosswinds and Moreover, one surprise is that economy, at an EPA 33 mpg city, 41 highway, much better than larger small cars.

Packaging in the Smart is a little odd at but you’ll soon likely that this is a brilliantly car. The driver’s footwell basically all the way to the nose of the car, cargo stowage under the and just behind the seats is cargo space, large for several large grocery The engine itself is hidden under the cargo floor, the panel where you’d the spare tire in most and right up next to the rear

Overall, you feel like sitting in a small, exceptionally pickup cab, though a look ahead and behind can a sense of vulnerability, the Fortwo has done quite well in tests—for its size—and comes stability control, side and ABS.

Buyers can choose two different models of the Fortwo: the Coupe, and the Cabrio, which is more of a targa, offering a roof panel.

Various appearance features can be as dealer-installed options, drawn the Brabus performance model of the that was offered for a few years. include a sportier-sounding exhaust, with leather trim for the wheel, shift knob, and lever.

Another new entry for is the Smart Electric Drive an all-new powertrain. At roughly the price of the cheapest gasoline ForTwo, it’s the least plug-in electric car sold in the It’s also much to drive than the gasoline because its single-speed transmission with the lurching, thudding shifts that make the car such an amusement-park ride.

The Smart  performs as well as the version–its acceleration is actually quicker–and qualifies for a $7,500 income-tax credit and a $2,500 purchase rebate–meaning an effective after incentives of only $15,000. In some ways, the car that the Smart ForTwo have been all along.

A handful of cars also Smart Electric Drive offered for lease in 2011, a less powerful electric and a lithium-ion battery pack by startup electric-car maker Motors. They were to lease and offered just 63 of EPA-rated range. Many of ended up assigned to the Car2Go service.

Since 2011, the brand has undergone management and is now wholly operated by Daimler AG. In the it’s sold through dealers.

A new generation of the Smart has confirmed by Daimler, along a four-passenger model. It’s the brand will also to include a crossover-style hatchback the new generation of vehicles emerges.

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