• (4.5) 48 reviews
  • MSRP: $3,115$7,823
  • Body Style: Coupe
  • Combined MPG: 37
  • Engine: 70-hp, 1.0-liter I-3 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
2008 smart ForTwo

Our Take on the 2008 smart ForTwo

Our Take

After years of struggling to commit, Smart says it's finally bringing its tiny ForTwo to the U.S. market. And we mean tiny: The Smart ForTwo is just 106 inches long, more than 3 feet shorter than a Mini Cooper. Park it perpendicular to a Ford Expedition, and its rear end extends just 14.3 in... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • High-speed stability
  • Limited cargo capacity
  • Rock-hard brakes
  • Unrefined auto-manual transmission
  • No cheaper than other small cars
  • Premium fuel recommended

Notable Features

  • Hardtop or convertible
  • Miniscule dimensions
  • Seats two
  • 33 mpg in the city
  • Built to order
  • Stability system, four airbags

Reviews

Our Expert Reviews

I wanted to like the 2008 smart fortwo. This cute and cuddly deux-seater from Mercedes-Benz has charisma and a certain kind of charm. It looks like it drove out of a cartoon with its Lego block colours. It's so darn cute; the pixie of putt-putts. I'm sorry, Mr. Penske, the man who has done more for Detroit without facing felony charges and the mastermind behind bringing the smart car ... Read full review for the 2008 Smart For Two

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Consumer Reviews

4.5

Average based on 48 reviews

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Fun to Drive, Great MPG

by Old SGM from Richmond, VA on July 29, 2009

I drive my Passion Coupe to work and shopping, I have accumilated about 11,000 Smart mile with an average of 40 MPG and have made as high as 44 MPG. Think about this; 70 HP from 60 CU (1.0L), that giv... Read Full Review

3 Trim Levels Available

Wondering which configuration is right for you?
Our 2008 smart ForTwo trim comparison will help you decide.

Safety

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on smart ForTwo passion

Head Restraints and Seats
A
Moderate overlap front
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on smart ForTwo passion

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
A
Overall Rear
A
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
A
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
A
Structure/safety cage
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Structure/safety cage
A
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

Recalls

There is currently 1 recall for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

Save on maintenance costs and do your own repairs on your 2008 smart ForTwo

Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

24mo/24,000mi

Powertrain

24mo/24,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

24mo/unlimited

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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