With the lowest Total Car Score in its segment, the 2011 Smart Fortwo will hold minimal appeal for small car shoppers.
The Smart's “biggest” problem is straightforward: you're getting very little car for the money. And what should be its greatest promise -- excellent fuel efficiency -- ends up being no better than similarly priced economy cars with far greater interior space and utility.
While reviews often note that the Smart is easy to park and a nimble performer around town, its 70-horsepower engine, rough-shifting transmission and stiff ride are liabilities on the open road.
Inside, the Fortwo can accommodate just two passengers, as there's only a package shelf with modest space in back. However, when needed, the passenger seat folds flat to provide more cargo room.
Interior trim and appointments are commendable, and shoppers have their choice of attractive color palettes. But at this price point, subcompact shoppers should remember they can get a lot more car -- with equivalent fuel economy and better refinement -- for the money.
The 2011 Smart Fortwo receives minor improvements, including an upgraded audio system and LED daytime running lights. The 2011 model represents the first generation of the Fortwo, which debuted three years earlier.
A two-seater subcompact, the 2011 Smart Fortwo is available as a hatchback coupe or a convertible (Cabriolet) with a choice of two trim levels: Pure and Passion.
The Pure is reasonably well equipped, though air-conditioning is optional. It comes standard on the Passion, as does a power-operated top for the convertible.
The Fortwo is equipped with a 70-horsepower 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine. Power sent to the rear wheels through a five-speed automated manual transmission. For a sportier driving experience, the transmission can be shifted manually via the console-mounted stick on all models, or by using the steering wheel-mounted shift paddles on the Passion versions.
EPA-estimated fuel economy is 33/41/36 mpg. However, premium fuel is required.
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