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By Cars.com Staff
October 15, 2009
Vehicle Overview The two-seat Smart ForTwo arrived at U.S. dealerships for the 2008 model year as a tiny runabout groomed for city streets and tight parking. Trim levels include basic Pure, better-equipped Passion and performance-oriented Brabus. The ForTwo is offered in coupe and convertible body styles. Its novelty rules out a rigid set of competitors.
New for 2010 There are no significant changes.
Exterior Built on a 73.5-inch wheelbase, the rear-wheel-drive ForTwo measures just 106.1 inches long — more than 3 feet shorter than a Mini Cooper, the next shortest car on the market. Removable plastic body panels that allow owners to change the color of their car attach to a steel space frame. The Passion comes with a solid-roof option in place of a panoramic see-through panel.
Standard 15-inch steel wheels
Optional 15-inch alloy wheels
Brabus model gets 17-inch rear wheels
Contrasting colors along framework around passenger compartment
Convertible has fully powered soft-top
Optional fog lights
Interior Smart markets the car as offering an unexpectedly large cabin for its shrink-wrapped size. The front seats boast 45.4 cubic feet of passenger volume, about 4 cubic feet smaller than the front-seat volume in a Chrysler PT Cruiser. There is a newly optional center armrest for 2010.
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.
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
Safety Safety features include:
Standard front and side-impact airbags
Standard antilock brakes
Standard traction control and electronic stability system