I’ll be the first to admit that I’m really not the most objective person to be writing about the new 2016 Smart ForTwo. That’s not because of any loyalty to the company, but rather an innate fondness of the type of car: a rear-engined, small economy car. Decades ago, these were once everywhere, and now, in the U.S. at…
Er, this is going to be hard to believe but, uh, the new Smart ForTwo looks like it actually could be good.
[Here I am taking a look at the new Smart car’s engine. It’s super cool!]
I’m actually pretty excited about the newly redesigned Smart ForTwo. It’s based on the new Renault Twingo, and that platform is about as close to my ideal modern Beetle as anyone is likely to make any time soon. But what I want to point out is a detail, albeit a big one — the Smart’s phone dock system looks really…
Not only can you drift a Smart ForTwo (news to me!), you can drift a Smart car snowplow.
What's the biggest offense the Smart Fortwo is guilty of? Is it that it's overpriced, or that it's underpowered, or that it demands pricey 91 octane gasoline? No. Its biggest sin is its name.
Small cars are getting bigger and bigger. This is a fact. Blame safety standards, blame the changing tastes of the public, blame the fact that human beings are incredibly fat. Even the new Smart Fortwo is growing in size — it now dwarfs many large commercial trucks.
Our eagle-eyed readers have caught Smart ForTwo development mules out testing before, but those looked like slapped-together botchjobs. These two, captured together outside a hotel in Illinois, look much closer to production, and much different from the current model.
Sinkholes are no laughing matter. Unless, of course, they swallow up cars that we all agree are completely loathsome, like that Dodge Avenger in Chicago a while back. Here's another one we can add to that list: a Smart Fortwo swallowed by a sinkhole in our favorite state, Florida.
The Smart ForTwo is made to be a great city car. It's also designed to be really urban chic. So that means you should be proud to be in it. It hasn't worked. The ForTwo is actually the most embarrassing car you can own.
The Smart Fortwo kind of sucks. It's tiny, it's got no power, its gas mileage isn't as good as you would expect, and its automated manual transmission is terrible. But you know what it's really bad at? Off-roading.
Every time I see a Smart Fortwo on the road, and it's not decked out in Car2Go livery, I have just one thought: "You didn't pay for that with your actual money, right?"
Small vehicles like the GEM e2 and Tiger minitruck advertise low cost and efficiency, but the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety thinks they shouldn't share the road with regular vehicles. Here's the dramatic test footage to back up their point.
There are many problems with the US-spec Smart Fortwo. Barely hitting Honda Civic-level fuel economy and trash can interior storage space are two. This driver solved that little problem with a car topper not fit for the car. (Thanks Michael)
What do a naked man, a bloodhound, two guys dressed as hot dogs and the Smart Fortwo have in common? They're all on a new Smart mini-site that is anything but normal.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, never short of tests, put six mini/microcars to the roof strength test. The result? If you have to, you might be better off rolling a Smart Fortwo than flipping an Aveo.