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.
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