2016 Smart fortwo

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$14,650-$18,480
$13,625-$17,186
33 CITY / 39 HWY
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Overview

While the Smart Fortwo is still powered by a tiny 1.0L 3-cylinder engine, power has risen by a noticeable 19hp over the previous generation thanks to the addition of a turbocharger. The powerplant's 89 horsepower may not sound like much, but it's enough to make the little 1980-lb Smart Fortwo zip through traffic. The increased power also makes the occasional trip onto the freeway a much less harrowing experience than in years past. The engine sits over the rear wheels and underneath the trunk, where it sends power to those rear wheels via either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed dual clutch gearbox. The Smart Fortwo comes in four different trims, Pure, Passion, Prime and Proxy, each one offering a few more features and amenities than the previous one. The base Smart Fortwo Pure comes standard with 15-inch rims, a color, digital instrument display, LED daytime running lights, Bluetooth connectivity, automatic climate control, cruise control and power windows. The Passion trim adds a bit more style with a range of interior color options and a leather wrapped steering wheel. The driver's seat is height adjustable, while the mirrors are powered and heated for cold mornings. While the Passion also rides on 15-inch wheels, it gets a fun and stylish rim design unique to the trim level. The Prime trim gets a little taste of luxury, with a Panoramic sunroof that takes up nearly the entire roof and black leather upholstery. The Prime also comes with heated seats, nicer interior lighting, fog lamps and a rain and light sensor. The top of the line Proxy trim comes with a JBL stereo, alloy pedals, chrome exhaust tips and a lowered suspension riding on 16-inch alloy wheels. A unique blue and white interior looks sharp and fun. Options on the Fortwo include a cellphone cradle, a proximity warning function, rear parking assist and an armrest. With such a small footprint, safety was a concern for the Fortwo and its designers have responded with several innovative safety features. The smart features a patented Tridion Safety Cell made from high-strength steel, while spot welded reinforcements in the doors help buffer against side impacts. 8 airbags are included as standard as is traction control and stability control. A crosswind assist feature is also standard, which helps to stabilize the little Fortwo in windy situations.

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