|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2017 Smart Fortwo
|Electric Drive Passion Coupe||Elec 60-kW 17.6-kWh||RWD||1A||9.0 sec||17.0 sec @ 77.9 mph||124/94/---- MPGe||Motor Trend|
|Electric Drive Prime Coupe||Elec 60-kW 17.6-kWh||RWD||1A||10.3 sec||17.8 sec @ 74.8 mph||124/94/---- MPGe||Motor Trend|
|Passion Cabriolet||0.9L Turbo I-3||RWD||6A||10.2 sec||17.7 sec @ 78 mph||33/38/27 mpg||Car and Driver|
2016 Smart Fortwo
|Proxy Coupe||0.9L Turbo I-3||RWD||6A||9.9 sec||17.5 sec @ 79 mph||34/39/30 mpg||Car and Driver|
2013 Smart Fortwo
|Electric Drive Cabriolet||Elec 17.6-kWh||RWD||1A||9.8 sec||17.5 sec @ 76 mph||122/93/106 MPGe||Car and Driver|
2011 Smart Fortwo
|Electric Drive Coupe||Elec 16.5-kWh||RWD||1A||23.4 sec||22.2 sec @ 59 mph||94/79/66 MPGe||Car and Driver|
2008 Smart Fortwo
|Passion Cabriolet||1.0L I-3||RWD||5A||13.6 sec||19.4 sec @ 70 mph||33/41/---- mpg||Car and Driver|
|Passion Cabriolet||1.0L I-3||RWD||5A||12.2 sec||18.5 sec @ 76 mph||33/41/34 mpg||Motor Week|
|Passion Coupe||1.0L I-3||RWD||5A||14.4 sec||19.9 sec @ 68 mph||33/41/32 mpg||Car and Driver|
About Smart Fortwo
The Smart Fortwo was initially introduced back in 2008 and during that time, it was literally amazing. Fast forward a few more years and people have realized that the Smart Fortwo is more akin to a one-hit wonder than a successive smash hit. Still, despite its flaws, there are a few benefits to behold.
For one thing, the Smart Fortwo has the smallest footprint in all of the auto-industry. If you live in a place where tight parking spots are the major difficulty then this little bugger is sure to nab you a spot, no matter how small it is.
Small size for easy parking is, unfortunately, just about where the benefits end. If this was 2008 then the issues of the Smart would be understandable but in 2015 the competition has left this machine biting the dust.
If small space is all you need and you only need to drive within the city then it does have its merits. For an inside look here’s a list of its most important specs:
Specs of the Smart Fortwo:
- Engine: 1.0L 3-Cylinder
- Power: 70 HP / 68 ft-lbs (Turbocharged: 89 HP / 100 ft-lbs)
- Transmission: 5-speed automated manual
- 0-60 Time: 9.8 seconds (Electric Drive Cabriolet Version)
- Top Speed: 90 mph
- Drivetrain: Rear Wheel Drive
- Curb Weight: 2000 lbs
- Seating: 2
- MPG: 34 MPG City / 38 MPG Highway
- MSRP: $13,270-17,000
Driving the Smart Fortwo
One look at those specs and you can instantly identify the one major problem with the Smart Fortwo – it’s slow and it drives like a slug. If you’re just driving in and around the city then this is fine since you won’t really need speed.
The moment you hit the highway however, and this change. At best, it takes about 9.8 seconds to hit 60 MPH and even then you’ll be pushing the limits just to go a bit over that. The transmission feels weighed down too. It doesn’t even have standard power steering so every nudge is a struggle.
The supercharged Electric Drive model is a nice upgrade compared to this, especially with its smoother single-speed automatic transmission, but its top speed drops down to just 78 MPH.
At least the compact size makes it much easier to park, much easier to maneuver a bit around traffic, it has a much smaller turning radius, and it is a better car for student drivers – no power steering set aside.
Interior of the Smart Fortwo
Amazingly, the interiors are very spacious in regards to the comfort of the driver and passenger. There’s a lot of headroom and a lot of legroom so surprisingly this vehicle is quite comfortable to move around in.
The dashboard features a nice, floating design that gives more space and is a lot more conservative with where the push-buttons are located. There’s nothing really fancy but the soft cloth interiors make this is a very comfortable ride.
Unfortunately, there is very little space for cargo. Luckily you can fold the passenger seat and this gives slightly more space for longer, larger items.
Exterior of the Smart Fortwo
This vehicle is exactly 106.1 inches long or half the size of a real sedan. That alone makes this the smallest car legally on the road right now. Comparing it to other microcars, it is still three feet shorter than the 2015 model of the Fiat 500 and that’s already a pretty small car.
It may look like a pair of sneakers on wheels but it does have ample height and it has a nice clamshell opening in the rear for groceries or whatnot. Overall, it’s a pretty looking car that is larger than what the numbers show.
Problems and Advantages
There is only one major problem with this vehicle and that is how sluggish it is on the road. It does boast a lot of improvements compared to previous models and this is the smoothest ride from Smart, but it’s not really the perfect vehicle for long drives on the highway. You can utter a whole phrase while switching gears and that’s never a good sign.
That said, it still has a lot going for it. It’s small, yes, but that works to its advantage. It is very fuel efficient, parking and turning become a breeze, it is actually quite spacious inside, and speed and power aren’t really necessary when city driving.
The Smart Fortwo is not the kind of car you want if you are looking to put the pedal to the metal. It won’t win awards for getting you from state to state.
However, it is the perfect machine for short drives around the city. It’s spacious and comfortable and the smaller size makes it so much easier to weave through traffic, parallel park, and make those sharp turns.
It’s an economy car through and through. For people planning to just drive from home to work and vice versa this is the ideal purchase, especially when you consider how affordable it is.
To learn more about Smart Fortwo, visit the official Smart website.
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