It may be small, but the 2013 Smart Fortwo ED recently managed to score four stars overall in new National Highway Traffic Safety Association tests. That score includes four stars in the Frontal Barrier Crash, four in the Rollover test and five in the Side Barrier test, showing that Daimler's Tridion Safety Cell technology manages to get top results, at least some of the time.

The NHTSA first tested the gas-powered Fortwo when it came to the US in 2008. The agency's tests were different then, but in some of them, the car got just three stars. It's not a direct comparison, but the ED did better overall, scoring lower than four stars in just one category, the Side Pole test. You can watch three videos of the crash tests below.

The Smart ED is now available for the low, low price of $139 a month if you lease. That price includes the Battery Assurance Plus plan, which guarantees that your new battery-powered car will not suffer capacity loss and also includes free annual battery maintenance.







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      throwback
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not surprising, these cars have always done well in crash tests. The most important safety system however is the driver.
      ScubaChris
      • 1 Year Ago
      I used to own a Smart Fortwo many years ago - before it was called the 'fortwo'. I remember it being a really hateful driving experience but I couldn't complain about the way it was bolted together. It was a pretty sturdy car despite looking like a child's toy. Even still, the Leaf I drive now feels like a tank in comparison.
      hodad66
      • 1 Year Ago
      so much for all of the uneducated "death trap" trolls......
        Giza Plateau
        • 1 Year Ago
        @hodad66
        Don't count on it. The problem with loud mouth nitwits is that they don't have accountability. There are no mistakes in their minds, only new opportunities to flap their mindless gums. Like a dog barking at the post man. The mindless beast only learns from a savage beating.
        Mart
        • 1 Year Ago
        @hodad66
        Now they'll have double disappointment, since the battery didn't burst into flame or dissolve the crash test dummies with acid.
          EZEE
          • 2 Days Ago
          @Mart
          That would be so cool!
      DarylMc
      • 1 Year Ago
      There is a Daihatsu wrecker I drive past regularly. They often had Daihatsu Charades recently delivered out front. Front end damage looked less or similar to this. There was always one or two holes or dents in the windscreen which I assumed were from peoples heads smashing into it. This looks pretty good for a small car.
      Giza Plateau
      • 1 Year Ago
      Very short crumple zone but then again, not much shorter than Model S'.. (yes yes mindless fanboys, give me -10 down vote, get that stupidity out of your systems, God forbid you should look at the video and do some actual thinking) And like Model S it seems to have a stiff cabin and rely on the airbag and seatbelt springs to provide the slow down distance as opposed to the crumple zone. The car is basically at rest before the driver begins his slowdown with the seatbelt and airbag which means the crumple zone basically doesn't matter. Both Model S and Smart could have used more of the car for crumple zone but maybe they are reserving some for higher speed impacts which is a good design but something you don't get rewarded for in these crash tests. Crash tests should perhaps include higher speed crashes as well. Say 85km/h or even a 100km/h which is a tough test. Maybe the high speed ones could be voluntary if the car maker feels he has something to show. Tesla Model S certainly has a lot of nose still to give.
        DaveMart
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        It is your attitude and affectation of superiority which is downrated as often as what you have to say. Treat people better and with more respect and they will do likewise. It isn't rocket science, save that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. So since you think yourself intelligent, fix it, if you want people to take any notice at all of your opinions. If you don't, why bother posting?
          bluepongo1
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DaveMart
          @ DaveMart @ Spec don't feed the obvious troll... who points out the obvious differences between a 5 star Tesla =/= 4 star SFED( and thinks he has enlightened anyone ), can't process information with a closed mind. Ignore and downvote .
          Giza Plateau
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DaveMart
          Maybe the problem isn't me. Maybe petty people react poorly to a shining beacon. Maybe water is wet.
          EZEE
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DaveMart
          Dan is an institution. He posts, people all quickly read to see what he said (don't deny it), then with outrage they downvote. MASH went downhill once Frank Burns left. NASCAR isn't as good without Dale Earnhardt. And, to complain about him is actually mildly hypocritical. He will post, 'all republicans and those from Fox News will burn in the firey pits of hell under eternal torment for their sins' and then, as long as he doesn't criticize the persons favorite electric car, his post will be a +10. 'Ahhhh, well, I like hearing how people who think differently than me will have eternal pain' people think as they up vote him. Classy. I personally never downvote, as he promised that once the revolution comes, I will be spared, and not end up with my back against the wall.
          DaveMart
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DaveMart
          Yeah, its not you, its everyone else.
          Spec
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DaveMart
          Yeah . . . what a stupid feedback loop. "Everyone downvotes me . . . it must because they are all jealous of my superior intellect and they are just stupid! I must be on the right track!" No . . . as DaveMart points out the downvotes are mainly because you are an obnoxious a-hole.
      paulwesterberg
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dan Frederiksen: An expert on internet trolls. I wonder how he got to understand them so well.
      DaveMart
      • 1 Year Ago
      It occurs to me that in an impact, assuming the car is not trapped by a third obstruction, this may 'bounce' more easily than a heavier vehicle, so reducing the residual force on the passenger compartment. My mathematics is certainly not good enough to know whether this is the case, or put numbers on it. Has anyone else here got the maths kit to calculate this, or indeed dismiss this as a fallacy?
        Spec
        • 1 Year Ago
        @DaveMart
        That is indeed the case. You can even see it in various crash tests where Smart bounces away from the impact. It is an interesting way to dissipate some of the energy in a crash.
        Actionable Mango
        • 1 Year Ago
        @DaveMart
        Wouldn't a bounceback imply even greater G's than a simple impact?
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Germans designed a nice protective cage for that small little car. Very well done.
      Koenigsegg
      • 1 Year Ago
      designed by the finest Mercedes-Benz engineers in the world, all of you people need to stop talking bad about smarts, how come i've been driving one for 9 months and havent worried about it not being safe? people smh.... just got an ED too, grey matte just like the one in the vid but with led drl's, loving it, super fun to drive, getting 70 miles per charge but i havent ran it down all the way though so probably can get well over 80 with the regen paddles and have been driving with the ac since the windows got tinted....also have been driving with a light foot but will soon try out stepping on the pedal.... and even without fully stepping on the pedal i accelerate away from all cars at a stop if you are looking for a 2nd EV the smart is the one to consider, cheapest, coolest and best looking one available well worth it
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