smart ForTwo

2009 smart ForTwo

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  • (4.5) 46 reviews
  • MSRP: $3,137$8,785
  • Body Style: Coupe
  • Combined MPG: 37
  • Engine: 70-hp, 1.0-liter I-3 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
2009 smart ForTwo

Our Take on the 2009 smart ForTwo

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. It comes in basic Pure, better-equipped Passion and drop-top Cabriolet trim levels, but its novelty rules out a rigid set of competitors.The Passion now com... 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

2009 smart ForTwo Reviews

Cars.com Expert Reviews

Considering that the leading concern about small cars is safety, I initially thought I might be the wrong person to review the Smart ForTwo, which is the only microcar sold in the U.S. Perhaps because I have a good record behind the wheel, I'm never nervous driving anything, regardless of size or style — from a featherweight 2000 Honda Insight to a medium-duty tow truck. As it turns... Read full review for the 2009 Smart For Two

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Consumer Reviews

4.5

Average based on 46 reviews

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100 % reliable

by JD from North Shore, MA on July 5, 2010

No, this car is not a Cadillac, so don't expect it to ride like one. No it's not an SUV or station wagon or pickup truck, so don't expect it to perform like one. Even though it's a 2-seater, don't exp... Read Full Review

5 Trim Levels Available

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2009 smart ForTwo Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on smart ForTwo BRABUS

Head Restraints and Seats
A
Moderate overlap front
G
Roof Strength
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on smart ForTwo BRABUS

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

Other

Roof Strength
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.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on smart ForTwo BRABUS

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on smart ForTwo BRABUS

Overall Rollover Rating
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

Great news! There are currently no known recalls on 2009 smart ForTwo.


Service & Repair

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

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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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