Taking something that isn’t doing particularly well and doubling it isn’t smart, but that’s what the designers at Smart car have done–the Smart Fortwo. This is a car that seems to have the greatest appeal to people who have come to grips with having definitive limits; limited interior space and limited power are standard.
However, for those who have made the leap into a world of limitations, the Smart Fortwo offers what they call “micro-luxury” and most likely because the car is only 8.8 feet long. Those who drive one insist that it’s the micro features that appeal to them and they routinely insist that they particularly enjoy parking it. That’s good news since driving it won’t offer much of a thrill with only one engine currently available–a one liter, three cylinder, 70 horsepower screamer. The transmission is called an automated manual type which means it shifts, but grudgingly slow, especially when going uphill or during forced acceleration.
At barely over 1,800 pounds the Smart Fortwo does have some positive features such as multiple air bags and a knee bolster, a typical price tag of $16,000, and 32 city/41 highway mileage averages. The bad and somewhat disappointing news is that it only runs on premium gasoline.
I suppose if you can get comfortable in a golf cart then the Smart Fortwo might be worth a look, but expect to see the undersides of most nearby vehicles and a perpetual stream of curious looks for people who are wondering how you manage to get in and out of it without some sort of built-in lift device.