(4.5) 45 reviews
MSRP: $3,549$7,921
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

Our Take

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

5 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.


It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.