The smallest car sold in America, the Smart Fortwo appeals to drivers who want to take up as little space as possible. That might not sound like everyone's goal, but it certainly appeals to urbanites facing crowded streets and a stingy supply of parking spots.
What's New for 2016
The Fortwo receives its first full design since its introduction.
Choosing Your Smart Fortwo
The Fortwo retains its rear-engine, rear-drive layout and two-person interior. All-new styling makes the exterior friendlier and more approachable, not unlike the charming MINI Cooper. With no back seat competing for space, front passengers enjoy a surprising amount of room, and you can stuff in about 12 cubic feet of cargo, so routine shopping tasks are very doable.
Power comes from a new turbocharged three-cylinder engine that makes 89 horsepower, enough to allow the Fortwo to keep up -- finally -- with other cars in its (low) price class. A five-speed manual transmission comes standard, and you can opt for a six-speed automatic. You can expect about 36 mpg in combined city and highway driving, but keep in mind that the engine requires premium fuel.
The Fortwo is available in four trim levels:
Optional on all except the Pure are rear parking sensors and a front-collision warning system. An in-dash touchscreen will become available at mid-year.