The Smart Fortwo subcompact microcar during a test drive with Daisy Lowe in London, England
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The Smart Fortwo (stylized as “smart fortwo”) is a subcompact microcar model produced and sold by Smart, a subsidiary of the Daimler AG multinational automotive corporation (which also owns Mercedes-Benz). The model is notable for its extremely compact size that only seats two passengers, making it very affordable and extremely easy to park.

The Smart brand is a collaboration between Swatch and Mercedes-Benz, and the origin of the Fortwo model starts as a Swatch concept vehicle from 1993 that was co-developed by Volkswagen. Later, the Smart division used the design, with its production model and first-generation debuting at the 1998 Paris Motor Show. However, before a 2004 name change, the Smart Fortwo model was marketed as the Smart City-Coupe to the public.

The third generation of the Smart Fortwo debuted in 2014, and the vehicle has been all-electric since the 2018 model year, making the Smart EQ Fortwo its standard. Soon after, in 2019, Smart terminated business in the U.S. due to a lack of sales. However, there’s a change for Smart EVs to return soon as the world moves further toward automotive electrification.

About Smart

  • 2017 Smart Fortwo (Starting MSRP $14,650)
  • Pros: The Smart Fortwo subcompact microcar is very affordable, incredibly easy to park in the city, and its interior is remarkably well-styled and equipped with plenty of features for its slight size. Additionally, it comes with an electric model option.
  • Cons: The Fortwo has terrible fuel economy ratings despite its size. Additionally, it has subpar performance, terrible ride quality, and abysmal safety ratings.
  • See Also: Brabus and Crossblade

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