smart Cars

Originally a design concept begun by Swatch, smart has evolved into its own brand under the semi-watchful guidance of Daimler-Benz. And while the 2-place microcars are relatively ubiquitous in Europe's urban centers, they've not quite made the same inroads here in the U.S., despite a decent retail footprint provided by many Mercedes-Benz stores and the very real parking woes of an increasingly urban America. Given the market challenges, which include - as this is written - gas that's at around $2/gallon, smart has introduced a new Fortwo to the American market, in coupe, cab and electric versions.

With three variations of but one model, they can all vie for least expensive (around $16K), most expensive (think mid-$20s) and most popular - a 3-way tie. And what is the most fun? Spending similar money on a late-model Miata. For two.


2017 smart fortwo
2017 smart fortwo
MSRP:
$18,900
Engine:
1.0L I-3
MPG:
N/A
2016 smart fortwo
2016 smart fortwo
MSRP:
$14,650
Engine:
1.0L I-3
MPG:
32 City / 39 HWY
2016 smart fortwo electric drive
2016 smart fortwo electric drive
MSRP:
$25,000
Engine:
MPG:
122 City / 93 HWY
2015 smart fortwo electric drive
2015 smart fortwo electric drive
MSRP:
$28,000
Engine:
MPG:
122 City / 93 HWY
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2013 Smart Fortwo
$8,991 / 28,801 miles / CA
2016 Smart Fortwo
$15,991 / 9,596 miles / CA
2014 Smart Fortwo
$9,999 / 10,233 miles / CA
New Smart ForFour ad is f**king great [NSFW]

Warning: Little kids will be using some very foul language in this amusing spot from Smart, promoting the new ForFour.
2017 Smart ForTwo Cabriolet First Drive [w/video]
After a drive in the 2017 ForTwo Cabriolet, one thing is clear: If you're going to buy a Smart, the convertible is definitely the one you want.
2016 Smart ForTwo Second Drive [w/video]
The 2016 Smart ForTwo finally ditches that horrible automated manual transmission. But even beyond that, the new car is vastly improved in many ways.
2016 Smart Forfour
We take a quick spin in the four-seat, four-door Forfour in Barcelona to see how the bigger Smart stacks up.

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