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For 2011, the Smart ForTwo has slightly refreshed. Under the the 70 horsepower 1-liter three-cylinder and Smart’s “automated manual” transmission remain unchanged.

On the the profile also hasn’t but the front fascia has undergone cosmetic work to accommodate LED daytime running lights. there’s a new a three-spoke steering the dash has been restyled and a redesigned instrument cluster, two gauges—a tachometer and a clock—are now Audio equipment has been with the standard system now USB and auxiliary inputs plus, a new new multimedia system incorporates, audio, Bluetooth and an iPod

Manufacturer Suggested Retail are: Pure coupe, Passion coupe $14,690; Cabriolet, $17,690.

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There are two new Smart ForTwo electric versions for 2011, a and a cabriolet. Also known as the ED, the first delivery was made in as part of a 250 nationwide lease program. Smart.

For the near the company is also working with Nissan on a four-seat, hatchback Smart model will land in the U.S. the end of this year. That car feature a manual as well as s current automatic transmission. A line of products is also developed jointly between and Nissan-Renault and could arrive

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The Smart is the most efficient gas-powered car in the US. (Hybrids, which run on a combo of gas and are the only cars that the Smart on MPG.) With a city/highway fuel efficiency of 36 mpg, the Smart ForTwo at least a passing consideration a green-leaning car buyer.

But while the ForTwo is loaded with and has a few key advantages—mostly related to its low price and size—it simply requires too compromises in ride quality, comfort and cargo space to it the right solution for most

When Daimler brought the ForTwo from Europe to the US in it seemed perfectly timed for $4 Many auto reviewers the Smart ForTwo as a sea change. Magazine said, “It’s pure efficiency. It’s taking up less real on the road and parking lot, less foreign oil to commute and forth to work and therefore fewer toxic emissions, and about joining a new and growing that our world isn’t a energy machine.” In fact, the ForTwo’s tagline is: “Open mind to the car that challenges the quo.”

Early Novelty

Reviewers praised the diminutive car for its cuteness and a surprising amount of comfort (albeit for only two Road and Track said, space is far from a problem in the ForTwo. Rather, it s one of the new city car s points.” Road and Track praised the Smart ForTwo for its seating position, good and Daimler-quality engineering.

For folks in major urban centers, the ForTwo was recognized as an antidote for the exercise of finding a parking You can’t beat the Smart which is both the smallest and car on the road, for ease of parking.

Smart also earned points for its innovative and efficient approach. Consumers order the car in through Smartusa.com by placing a $99 reservation. The car is then shipped to one of 77 dealers. There’s no stocking at the unless a customer changes his or her when the car arrives—and “orphans” the (Inquire with a Smart to see if they have any orphans on the

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But the love affair with the ForTwo didn’t last Sales started slowing in late 2008 (along the entire auto market and the of relatively low gas prices), and dealers offering incentives to entice new customers. Suddenly, what like slight shortcomings of the ForTwo became show-stoppers—pushing car buyers back to more subcompacts like the

Big Problems for the Car

The key to the Smart ForTwo’s high mpg is its small 1-liter three-cylinder that delivers 70-horsepower. might provide sufficient for darting about town to run but the Smart’s so-called “automated five-speed transmission, controlled by a computer-controlled clutch, is a big problem. most reviewers, Bloomberg said, “The transmission is so it verges on being a deal While other manufacturers about shifts that 10ths of seconds, this one like tens of seconds.” Auto echoed the sentiment: is sluggish from a stop and is by annoying bogging and surging at shift whether transmission is in or automatic mode.” The New York quipped, “You could squeeze a half-inning of baseball the maddening delay between the of one gear and the engagement of the next.”

almost unanimously said the s small engine fails to adequate highway passing Handling and braking received low scores. You have to wonder how you fare with the ForTwo on so heavily populated with big and oversized SUVs.

The wind larger automobiles passing by at speeds sways the tiny challenging the car’s directional and forcing the driver to course-correct.

Despite a decent safety in Europe and Canada, where the ForTwo has been sold for the small car raises safety for most passengers. Daimler to correct those issues by a rigid construction and full-size innovative crumple zones, designed safety seats, pretensioners—as well as a hydraulic braking system enhanced ABS and electronic brake force plus ESP electronic stability to keep it pointed in the right in slippery situations. The Smart even has a hill start to prevent rolling back taking off from a steep

Safety might be a matter of although hybrids have earned top rankings from the Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Traffic Safety the Smart ForTwo has performed

Despite its shortcomings, city will be drawn to the Smart The ForTwo’s most promising is the smaller, secondary metropolitan (think Berkeley, California; Wisconsin; Providence, Rhode where mid-size and compact roam in abundance, the driving is less aggressive, and the mindset the liberal side.

Coupes in base-level Pure come standard with windows and mirrors and a fold-flat seat. No radio. Up-level coupes add air conditioning, panoramic sunroof, alloy wheels, and windows and mirrors.

Cabriolets in Passion trim only, and a power soft top with a glass rear window. The s top system is slick, well and sturdy—and use first-rate materials, but a $3,000 price premium the Passion coupe.

Prices are Suggested Retail Price at time of publication and do not include charges, taxes or licensing.


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