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The Smart ForTwo is a two-seat that, to date, is the smallest car sold in the U.S. Even it’s been available for in the U.S. since 2008, it caught on nearly as much as it has in A new model is slated 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 2014 Smart ForTwo .

into the teeth of the gas crisis, the ForTwo sold like in its first two years—and then fell away drastically. of the small number of buyers for on-street parking is the paramount and the growing number of urban programs, the Smart exacts penalties in its minimal length. The model is inexpensive but surprisingly

Once you start to add options, a of vehicles offer a better mix of and practicality—from the Honda Fit to the MINI and especially Chevrolet’s new Spark a five-door hatchback that can carry four adults.

The model of the Smart ForTwo is by a 70-hp, 1.0-liter Mitsubishi engine and five-speed automated Dimensions were slightly along with various in materials, trims, and switchgear, but Smarts kept the rear-engine, configuration. When you’re driving and not zipping, though, the can be obstinate, lurching between in indecision.


Performance isn’t impressive, though, if you go by the specs: times are a leisurely 13 seconds or so.

Originally a partnership between and the watch company Swatch—yes, European version of the Smart offered a wider array of including a tiny turbocharged diesel engine. (That car was in Canada for a few years, but never in the

For 2013, the mildest of upgrades mildly updated front and styling, and moving the Smart from the hood to the center of the A comprehensive interior freshening in 2011, with a few new features to the stark cabin decor—at the Smart said, of buyers.

The Smart feel pretty the same as the European version the wheel. In town—especially in a tight environment such as Manhattan—piloting the is a joy.

The powertrain is reasonably almost downright zippy at low quick, stable steering impressive opportunities to dart gaps in traffic when is of the essence, and the high seating afford a great view

The attributes that make the so appealing in the city conspire to it less so—and in some even a little scary—on the Engine and road noise are at freeway speeds, and while the will cruise at 70 or even 80 you won’t want to stay for long. The short wheelbase and tight suspension calibration helps make it feel so albeit a little jittery, in the make it bouncy and busy at speeds—and you especially feel and tramlines.

Moreover, one surprise is fuel economy, at an EPA 33 mpg city, 41 isn’t much better other larger small

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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 features can be ordered as dealer-installed drawn from the Brabus model of the Smart that was for a few years. They include a exhaust, along with trim for the steering wheel, knob, and handbrake lever.

Another new entry for 2013 is the Electric Drive with an powertrain. At roughly double the of the cheapest gasoline Smart it’s the least expensive electric car sold in the U.S. also much nicer to than the gasoline version, its single-speed transmission dispenses the lurching, thudding automatic that make the gasoline car an amusement-park ride.

The electric performs as well as the gasoline acceleration is actually slightly qualifies for a $7,500 Federal credit and a $2,500 California rebate—meaning an effective price incentives of only about In some ways, it’s the car the Smart ForTwo should been all along.

A handful of also called Smart Drive were offered for in 2011, with a less electric motor and a lithium-ion pack provided by startup maker Tesla Motors. were expensive to lease and just 63 miles of EPA-rated Many of them ended up to the Car2Go car-sharing service.

Since 2011, the Smart has undergone management changes, and is now operated by Daimler AG. In the U.S. sold through Mercedes-Benz

A new generation of the Smart has been by Daimler, along with a model. It’s likely the will also expand to a crossover-style hatchback when the new of vehicles emerges.

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SMART ed cabrio Electric Cars
SMART ed cabrio Electric Cars
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