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2013 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Cabrio, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Aug 2013

The ride is firm, and less bouncy than the standard Smart ForTwo—surely due to the extra 300 pounds of weight, and the 17.6-kilowatt-hour battery pack’s location low in the floorpan.

With the cloth roof rolled back and both windows down, the electric Smart Cabrio was a bit noisier than the Coupe would have been with its windows up—hardly surprising.

But we enjoyed the open air, and think that in temperate climates, Smart may find its sells a high proportion of Cabrios among its Electric Drive deliveries.

And we’d note that you get more of a wind-in-the-hair feel with the top and windows down in the Smart Cabrio than you do in the Fiat 500c Cabrio. That’s a plus in our book.

A few random impressions we jotted down during our short test drive:

We noticed a handful of squeaks and rattles in our car, which had less than 600 miles on it

The little navigation screen works well enough and is fairly intuitive, not always the case

The windshield header is low enough—and the front of the car so short—that seeing stoplights overhead requires contortions if you’re first at a light

The front seat cushion isn’t adjustable for angle, and felt slightly tipped forward

Rear vision is minimal, with only a narrow … between the rollbar and the stacked cloth top

European control placement has to be learned: ignition key on the tunnel, locks in the dash

High end of the range

Befitting a very small car with a price tag of $25,000, the Smart Electric Drive is a fairly high-level version of the ForTwo range. The drop-top Cabrio starts at an even higher $28,750.

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2013 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive — Quick Drive, May 2013

It comes standard with such niceties as a CD player and SD card drive, accessible by pushing a button to flip up the display screen for the navigation system.

The one feature we really missed, however, was cruise control—if our car had it, we never found it.

In the end, we found the Smart Electric Drive Cabrio a fun car that’s likely to appeal to the values that Smart buyers treasure: individuality, minimalism, and of course the ability to park almost anywhere due to its 106-inch length..

Will Smart sell a lot of electric cars? We can’t say, but given that it’s a combination of three very small segments of the U.S. market—two-seat cars, electric cars, and convertibles—it’s definitely a unique entry.

Even if you’re statistically unlikely to see one near you any time soon.

Smart provided airfare, transportation, and meals to allow High Gear Media to bring you this first-person drive report.


SMART ed cabrio Electric Cars
SMART ed cabrio Electric Cars
SMART ed cabrio Electric Cars
SMART ed cabrio Electric Cars
SMART ed cabrio Electric Cars
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