The money-losing SMART brand hits US streets in January, and the price is much lower than many of us expected. A mere $11,590 will get you into the base "pure" fortwo, but it won't even get you a radio. For another $2,000, the "passion" fortwo also comes equipped with alloy wheels, a panorama roof (on a two-seater), AM/FM/CD player, power windows, and power mirrors. If you get the most pleasure driving a car with the top down, you can drop $16,590 on a passion cabrio. The drop-top fortwo comes with a power-fold soft top and a premium sound system.

The SMART will not only deliver killer fuel economy, but it will also cost less than most small cars on the market. The European subcompact can be fun to drive, too, since you can lessen your carbon footprint and play 'dodge the SUVs that can't even see you' at the same time. We don't understand, however, how any automaker would want or need to fore-go the radio on any model, no matter how base it is. Is the money saved even worth the aggravation of those left without tunes?

[Source: The Car Connection]


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