2010 smart ForTwo

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Key Specs

of the 2010 smart ForTwo. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
    Coupe
  • Combined MPG:
    37 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    70-hp, 1.0-liter I-3 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Unexpectedly roomy interior
  • Maneuverability
  • Turning circle
  • Iconic styling
  • Seating position
  • Slick convertible-top operation

The Bad

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

Notable Features of the 2010 smart ForTwo

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

2010 smart ForTwo Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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-...
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



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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.1)
Performance
(3.2)
Interior Design
(3.8)
Comfort
(3.5)
Reliability
(3.8)
Value For The Money
(3.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

45mpg in town......Daily driver 50 miles daily...

by Darth Vader from Cincinnati Ohio on March 9, 2018

Not a bad little car, I enjoy driving it ,the first 3 gears are a little jerky like in all smarts , just know what you’re getting into , as the computer learns your driving style it adjusts and gets ... Read full review

(5.0)

smart car

by old GUy on November 12, 2017

Great small car but to small for my needs, would make a great tow vehicle. Need a rear seat or more storage area . Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2010 smart ForTwo currently has 0 recalls

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The ForTwo received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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