2017 smart ForTwo Electric Drive

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Key Specs

of the 2017 smart ForTwo Electric Drive. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Nineteen percent more torque than old model
  • Range is up
  • Zippy around-town driving feel
  • Available convertible model
  • Bold color options
  • Faster on-board charger

The Bad

  • Somber interior design
  • Convertible still has structural “basket handle”
  • Still ridiculously tiny for American roads
  • Electric model looks almost identical to gas model
  • Range rated at only 99 miles
  • Multimedia screen is dinky

Notable Features of the 2017 smart ForTwo Electric Drive

  • Refreshed two-passenger electric city car
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • World's only electric convertible
  • Lots of customization options
  • More powerful than outgoing model

2017 smart ForTwo Electric Drive Overview

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Vehicle Overview

The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive cabriolet is the only electric convertible you can buy in the U.S. If convertibles aren't your thing, the Smart ED is also available in coupe form.

New for 2017

Outside, the Smart ED looks like the other ForTwos in the lineup with the same super-small city car dimensions, a high hood for pedestrian impact protection and the "tridion" safety cage design that protects the car's occupants surprisingly well.

The cage is available in one of three metallic colors including an exclusive Electric Green, with seven available body panel colors and two convertible top colors. The convertible roof does feature a structural bar that stretches between the two sides of the body to maintain the vehicle's rigidity and safety cage continuity, but aside from some colors and an "ED" logo sticker, not much sets the electric version apart from the conventional one.

Inside it's much the same story, with an upright two-person cockpit done up in a surprisingly somber gray. Colorful trim rings for interior bits can be specified. A special dashboard-mounted battery charge meter gauge is included, as is a 3.5-inch color display in the instrument cluster. Options include a premium audio system, an ambient lighting package and a panoramic moonroof for the coupe.

The Smart ForTwo ED's electric drive system has been updated for 2017 with a more powerful motor. An electric motor drives the rear wheels directly, ma...

Vehicle Overview

The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive cabriolet is the only electric convertible you can buy in the U.S. If convertibles aren't your thing, the Smart ED is also available in coupe form.

New for 2017

Outside, the Smart ED looks like the other ForTwos in the lineup with the same super-small city car dimensions, a high hood for pedestrian impact protection and the "tridion" safety cage design that protects the car's occupants surprisingly well.

The cage is available in one of three metallic colors including an exclusive Electric Green, with seven available body panel colors and two convertible top colors. The convertible roof does feature a structural bar that stretches between the two sides of the body to maintain the vehicle's rigidity and safety cage continuity, but aside from some colors and an "ED" logo sticker, not much sets the electric version apart from the conventional one.

Inside it's much the same story, with an upright two-person cockpit done up in a surprisingly somber gray. Colorful trim rings for interior bits can be specified. A special dashboard-mounted battery charge meter gauge is included, as is a 3.5-inch color display in the instrument cluster. Options include a premium audio system, an ambient lighting package and a panoramic moonroof for the coupe.

The Smart ForTwo ED's electric drive system has been updated for 2017 with a more powerful motor. An electric motor drives the rear wheels directly, making 80 horsepower and 118 pounds-feet of torque. This is nearly 19 percent more torque than the outgoing car, so it should be pretty zippy around town.

Electricity is stored in a 17.2-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery, but the new ED features a more powerful onboard charger for shorter charge times. Filling up from a standard 120-volt household outlet will take 22 hours, but it only takes about 2.5 hours with a 240-volt system. Two modes are employed for the system, normal and Eco, with Eco softening the driver inputs to maximize range. Speed is limited to 81 mph for either coupe or convertible, and range is roughly 99 miles according to Smart.

Both models of the new Smart ForTwo Electric Drive will be on sale in 2017 — spring for the coupe and summer for the droptop.

 


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What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Would like to test drive on freeway not parking lo

by V on August 1, 2018

Love the stop on a dime ability. Safety is the best car tested, it bounces off other car's and wall! Be sure to wear seat belts. I'm concerned if when I get into the car will it have enough battery ... Read full review

(5.0)

Love it!

by BonL from Pasadena, CA on April 18, 2018

Awesome! This car is much bigger and more powerful than it looks from the outside. The convertible is so much fun to drive. I have the electric, and the charge lasts for a long time. I have cut my ... Read full review

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The 2017 smart ForTwo Electric Drive 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 Electric Drive 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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