...In Edmunds brake testing, the Fortwo Passion came to a stop from 60 mph in 124 feet -- a better-than-average distance for a subcompact. The Smart Fortwo has not been rated using the government's new, more strenuous 2011 crash-testing procedures. Its 2010 ratings (which aren't comparable to 2011 tests) resulted in four out of five stars for frontal crash protection of the driver and three stars for passenger protection. In side impacts, the Smart was awarded a perfect five out of five stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Smart its highest rating of "Good" for both...
...The front seats boast 45.4 cubic feet of passenger volume. Interior features include: Standard fold-flat front passenger seat Optional CD stereo Optional power windows Optional heated leather seats Optional panoramic roof Optional air conditioning Under the Hood The ForTwo uses a three-cylinder engine with an automated-manual transmission that can be left in automatic mode or shifted by the driver. Mechanical features include: Standard 70-horsepower, 1.0-liter three-cylinder with 68 pounds-feet of torque Standard five-speed auto-manual transmission Optional power steering Top speed of 90 mph...
...With a single-speed tranny, the smart ed pulls confidently away from a stop with a near-constant power increase, avoiding all of the annoying aspects of the petrol engine setup. Gone is the unrefined, rattling scream of the 1.0-liter, and shifting is so last century. Just as important, the extra weight of the electric motor and Li-ion battery sourced from partner Tesla Motors means the smart ed is actually more composed than its petrol stablemates. Because of the anemic 1,800-pound curb weight of the petrol fortwo, even minuscule ripples register with authority, but with 300 extra pounds in...
...It almost feels like it's fighting to get away from you, and it certainly doesn't have the power to launch you out of a tight situation. The Smart's engine is rough at idle, so it feels like the car is jiggling in stop-and-go traffic. As you creep forward and stop, the clutch feels like it's slipping, causing a weird sort of half-acceleration. Same thing goes when you brake: Every so often, the clutch disengages and some of your engine-braking power disappears, giving you the sensation you're accelerating when you want to be stopping. It's not pleasant. For the record, there are some things...
Whatever you think of the Smart brand and its diminutive two-seater city cars you have to commend its bold, fresh take on modern motoring. It's easy to get the impression... November 22, 2011 by Antony Ingram
Small cars are becoming big business. The smart fortwo, Scion iQ, Gordon Murray's upcoming T.25, the Renault Twizy... more and more carmakers are developing tiny vehicles to... July 11, 2011 by Antony Ingram
Gordon Murray Design (GMD) has today unveiled its T.27 electric vehicle, touting it as the world's most efficient electric car. Since the average electric car is already more... June 29, 2011 by Antony Ingram
If your idea of a vehicle with another attatched to the back is a Winnebago with a Smart ForTwo strapped behind it, you need to start thinking about downsizing. Chinese... April 26, 2011 by Antony Ingram