Park-anywhere size; funky interior design; much improved interior quality and engine power from previous version; quirky styling
Surprisingly expensive; slow; fuel economy isn't that great; ride can be harsh; limited regenerative braking on electric model; feels vulnerable in a world of SUVs and trucks
After the smart coupe was completely redesigned last year, 2017 sees the smart cabrio and smart Electric Drive undergo the same generational changeover. The Brabus performance package also makes its return for those who like to be ironic. See the 2017 smart fortwo models for sale near you
First, we'd think long and hard about whether your parking situation is really that limited. Otherwise, it's just really hard to make a case for the fortwo. But if you must, we like the passion's extra equipment and colorful interior trim choices. Find a smart fortwo for sale
The two-seat smart fortwo is available in gas and electric variants, both of which can be had as a solid-roof coupe or part-convertible cabrio model. The gas version is available in pure, passion, prime and proxy trim levels.
The base pure ($14,700) trim can only be had as a coupe. It comes standard with 15-in steel wheels, cruise control, power locks and windows, automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a USB port, a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack and a 2-speaker sound system.
The passion ($16,100 coupe; $18,900 cabrio) adds alloy wheels, a height-adjustable driver's seat, power heated mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, upgraded interior trim, a cargo cover and, on the cabrio, a power-retractable soft-top roof. These items are available on the pure as standalone options.
The prime ($17,500 coupe; $19,900 cabrio) adds a panoramic sunroof, automatic headlights and wipers, LED running/accent lights, fog lamps, leather upholstery and heated front seats. Options include a JBL sound system and a Sport package (16-in wheels, a lowered suspension, a chrome exhaust tip and shift paddles for the obligatory auto-manual transmission). Apart from the leather, these items are optional on the passion.
The proxy ($18,500 coupe; $20,900 cabrio) can only be had with the gas engine. It adds the Sport package, special upholstery and interior trim consisting of blue cloth and white faux-leather, ambient lighting and the JBL sound system.
Available on all but the pure, the Brabus package adds bigger wheels (16-in front, 17-in rear), performance tires, a sport-tuned suspension, special styling, a sport steering system and extended leather trim. A forward-collision warning system and touchscreen interface will eventually be optional in 2017.
Exact specification and pricing for the fortwo electric drive was not available at the time of this writing, but it's available only in a single trim level roughly similar to the passion. Additional feature content is added through optional packages.
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2017 Honda Fit -- For roughly the same price as the smart, you can get a car that's vastly more spacious, more efficient, better-equipped, more comfortable, more powerful, better suited to the highway and cheaper to maintain. Ironically, it can't fit in as many tight parking spots.
2017 FIAT 500 -- It's been a while since it's undergone a redesign, but the 500 offers small proportions, more interior space than the smart and a quirky retro character. It's also available as the electric 500e.
2017 Chevrolet Spark -- The little Spark offers four doors and more equipment for your money compared to the fortwo, but it can't match the smart's more premium vibe and funky styling. It too can be had as an EV.
Used MINI Cooper -- The MINI Cooper may not be as parking-friendly as the smart, but good grief, what type of shoebox are you parking in? This is by far the premium subcompact to get, but given its heftier price tag, it may be necessary to consider a used or certified pre-owned MINI.