smart fortwo Review – Research New & Used smart fortwo Models | Edmunds

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The concept of the car emerged in the early 1990s the Swiss company Swatch, known for its kitschy watches, to build an affordable city car would fit into the smallest of spots and go easy on fuel. Not too after, the company paired up Mercedes-Benz to make the idea a The car was later christened Smart, an for Swatch Mercedes Art.

The Fortwo, originally dubbed the Coupe, debuted at the 1997 Auto Show. Although the generation never made it to the the tiny two-seater, which through its parent company’s troubles and an eventual buyout by was later replaced by the slightly second-generation Fortwo.

Not only is the reworked Fortwo available in the States, but an ambitious to launch several stand-alone in the U.S. makes it clear the Smart brand is serious competing in the American subcompact While its diminutive size and entail certain on-road the Fortwo is a worthy candidate for commuters who want to maneuver city congestion and save on gas giving up the creature comforts of a

Current Smart Fortwo

At 8 10 inches long, the Smart is a two-seat subcompact city car and is the production car currently sold in America. It comes in two body the hatchback Coupe and the convertible The standard trim levels are and the more well-equipped Passion.

The Fortwo is powered by a 1.0-liter engine that produces 71 and 68 pound-feet of torque and sends its to the rear wheels through an sequential-shift manual transmission.

also a limited-edition model German tuner Brabus upgrades the Smart with wheels, a stiffer suspension, and cosmetic body cladding, a exhaust and heated leather

Because of its Lilliputian proportions more than 3 feet than a Mini Cooper), is at the core of the Fortwo design. The is in the rear of the car to increase front space, and the car is built around a of high-strength steel known as the safety cell, which the Fortwo post passable if frontal crash-test scores.

Side impact protection is by the closer placement of axles to the compartment, and the Smart’s scores in crash testing are top-notch. And the car might look something a golf cart, standard features like side antilock brakes, stability and traction control combine to put comparison to rest.

Fuel is another welcome asset of the Fortwo; its EPA rating is 33 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the With its 8.7-gallon gas tank, makes for a lot of driving between though it’s worth that premium gasoline is

In our initial reviews, we found the Fortwo surprisingly comfortable. The is roomier than it might from the outside — in the passenger seat, which is set 6 inches for increased legroom. (It folds flat for extra space.) On the road, however, the manner is less than over rough pavement. while the car is admirably stable at speeds for such a small its slablike side panels and posture conspire to make it vulnerable to crosswinds.

We aren’t fans of the automated transmission either. Gearchanges are and somewhat jerky. The Fortwo is one of the slowest vehicles for sale (zero to 60 mph takes 14.1 and it has a particularly hard time up with traffic on the highway. the Smart Fortwo is great for around city streets.

who aren’t looking to do much than that will be quite satisfied with the car.

Used Smart Models

The current (second) Fortwo debuted for 2008 and was the Smart model to go on sale in the There have been no changes since, though the trim level wasn’t for its first year.

Designed primarily for urban in Europe, the first-generation Smart was originally known as the City and not sold in North America. It for the 1998 model year and it with a turbocharged three-cylinder that was either gasoline-fueled 599cc of displacement and later or diesel-fueled (799cc). The first-generation Fortwo was discontinued after the model year.

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