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2016 Smart ForTwo urban minicar first drive and review, with photo gallery.

2016 Smart ForTwo first drive

Keepin' it weird

09/01/2015

What is it? It's the second generation of that weird roller-skate-looking thing your hippie-turned-middle-manager neighbor bought to help change the world. The original Smart was an experiment that continues to perform relatively well in Europe but never quite appealed to American tastes.

One reason for the original ForTwo’s rarity in the U.S. is that it never seemed all that smart: The car was expensive for what it offered, and fuel economy mediocre for the sacrifices required. Unfortunately, the new car continues in this tradition with a base price of $15,400 and 36 mpg combined. For comparison, an extra grand will buy both the front AND back halves of a car in the form of, say, a Honda Fit, which gets the same combined fuel economy but can carry two more people AND 4 cubic feet of more stuff (or the same number of people and more than four times the cargo: 12.2 cubic feet in the Smart vs. 52.7 cubic feet in the Fit with rear seats folded). 

The Smart Fortwo Electric Drive comes in hardtop and open variants

Smart Fortwo Electric Drive drive review

A cheap electric car that's not made of fluff and puffery

08/01/2013 What is it?By golly, it's a diminutive runabout powered by electrons stored in a 17.6 kWh battery! More specifically, it's the third-generation Smart Fortwo Electric Drive. The first crop of cars filled out a limited test fleet in London. The second group was leased in various markets and featured a powertrain by Tesla. This third car is meant for a broader audience. While the 2013 models we drove are only currently available in states with zero-emission vehicle mandates, in 2014 they'll start rolling out into broader markets.The new powertrain is homegrown, a product of a pair of joint ventures established by Smart's parent, Daimler. The motor was developed in conjunction with Bosch, while the lithium-ion battery's supplied by Deutsche ACCUmotive, a group set up under the aegis of Daimler and Evonik.To keep costs low, the Fortwo is only set up for Level 1 and Level 2 charging. A Level 2 charge will fill the battery in six hours; plugging it into a regular ho
The Smart Fortwo Electric Drive is a fully electric version of the Smart Fortwo.

2013 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive review

Will this be an EV game changer?

10/04/2012 What is it? The electric-vehicle market continues to shift. There's an increased interest from automakers to build EVs, despite consumers' barely matched interest to buy them. To say Americans have been cautious in adopting this latest vehicle technology is an understatement. Threats of fires and high entry costs have made electric cars unappetizing during a time when many in middle America cannot afford a $40,000 car, regardless of how good the gas mileage is.Today we have nearly 10 electric vehicles on the market—ranging from a plug-in version of Toyota's beloved hybrid, the Prius, to the slick new Ford Focus Electric. Although Smart's Electric Drive did not hit U.S. shores until 2011, the company has been testing consumers' a
The 2011 Smart Fortwo ED Passion took 22.3 seconds to run from 0 to 60 mph.

2011 Smart Fortwo ED Passion, an AW Drivers Log

03/28/2011 MARK VAUGHN, WEST COAST EDITOR: Not every car is going to be right for every buyer. This is especially true of electric cars. Just like monster trucks, full-size vans, sports cars and reruns of America's Next Top Model, each has its own fans and addresses its own market niche in our society. The Smart ED (ED stands for “electric drive,” but you can insert the other kind of ED jokes here) is a terrific car for intra-urban travel. If you live in a huge city like Paris, Rome or Cleveland and want to be able to park in half the space of normal cars, there is no better vehicle on four wheels than the Smart ED. Something on two wheels might be even better. Or a bus or subway, which have a lot of wheels, might even top that. However, for four wheels in the city you can't outSmart the Smart. With its electric drive, the Smart ED has zero tailpipe emissions. With its upright dimensions, it has more than enough room for two very large adults and space for their groceries or luggage. Using it costs much less than using a gasoline-po

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2009 Lincoln MKS AWD

06/16/2008 Back in 2005, when Lincoln's brain trust chose front- and all-wheel drive and V6 power for the company's next-generation flagship luxury sedan, that decision seemed shortsighted in the face of a market turning toward big rear-drive V8s running unrestrained on $2.30-per-gallon gasoline.Today, with a gallon hovering at and above $4, those same product planners who bet economy and front-drive over max performance for the LS replacement look prescient.Their car, the 2009 MKS that goes on sale in late June, may not wield V8 thunder to drive rear wheels as do its predecessor and its competitors, but today's V6 is nearly as strong as the V8 in the last LS--and a twin-turbocharged V6 waits in the wings.Built on a modified large front- and all-wheel-drive chassis from the Ford Taurus/ Taurus X and the Mercury Sable, the MKS adds Lincoln refinement via a revised front and rear suspension. The front changes limit lift under acceleration; this allows inclusion of higher-output engines than the chassis originally was designed to handle (the origin
The Lincoln MKS uses the platform that underpins the Ford Taurus.

Smart call

Is the time right for Lincoln's blend of luxury and economy in the MKS?

06/05/2008 Back in 2005, when Lincoln's brain trust chose front- and all-wheel drive and V6 power for the company's next-generation flagship luxury sedan, that decision seemed shortsighted in the face of a market turning toward big rear-drive V8s running unrestrained on $2.30-per-gallon gasoline.Today, with that same gallon hovering at and above $4, those same product planners who bet economy and front-drive over max performance for the LS replacement look positively prescient. Their car, the 2009 MKS that goes on sale in late June, may not wield V8 thunder to drive rear wheels as do its predecessor or its competitors, but today's V6 is already nearly as strong as the V8 in the last LS--and a twin-turbocharged V6 waits in the wings.Built on a modified large front- and all-wheel-drive chassis from the Ford Taurus/Taurus X and the Mercury Sable, the MKS adds Lincoln refinement via a revised front and rear suspension. The front changes limit lift under acceleration; this allows inclusion of higher-output engines than the chassis originally was designed to handle

LONG-TERMERS

2008 Acura MDX

05/21/2008 Our Acura MDX started its second quarter with us by returning from an 11-day, 1000-mile holiday trip to northern Michigan. Not only did the MDX handle the snow without fail, but it also handled a 15-month-old niece with Baby Einstein on the rear DVD player. The ride was unfailingly strong and solid: "It trucked right through everything, with-out feeling like a truck." And its excellent brakes helped avoid unwanted contact with wildlife.How did we reward our trusty crossover? With a little fender bender, fessed up to in the logbook as follows: "Backed into a guy, or he ran into the back of me. I thought it was my fault, and he thought it was his, so I guess nobody's to blame, or we're both dumbasses." The timing of this incident coincided conveniently with our first scheduled maintenance visit, and we gave the Acura dealer a big thumbs up for "the best service experience we've had in a long time." We did have to live without our MDX for 16 days, pending resolution of some insurance "misunderstanding." But the rear bumper was fixed, and as a suitably a
Part of the fun of driving the Smart Fortwo is finding new places to park it.

2008 Smart Fortwo Passion coupe

05/06/2008 OUR TAKE: Even using the gearbox as if it were a conventional manual, you have to rev this pup pretty hard to get it out of its own way. Most tests are showing 0-60 mph in less than 13 seconds, but not much under. That's not dangerous slow, but it's slow.The ride is harsh not only because the wheelbase is short but because this Passion model, at least, has 55-section tires on 15-inch rims, which probably qualify as Dubs on a car like this. We'd think 12s or 13s would do fine, and a little more absorbent tire sidewall would do wonders for ride comfort on bumpy roads. It's fine on the smooth stuff, though susceptible to crosswinds. That said, doing 80 mph on the freeway raises little cause for concern--unlike when merging. Even pulling out of a parking lot onto a busy five-lane road gives pause; the Smart just cannot make gaps you'd otherwise jump into with confidence in any other car.As a Mini-like fashion statement for folks who live where the ability to park just about anywhere is more important than the ability to carry more than one passenger or t

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The image the company sent to future owners who have made deposits is a lightly photoshopped sketch that Britain's Autocar magazine published in March of this year.

TVR makes progress on new Cosworth V8, teases owners with Autocar's sketch

12/29/2015

TVR, the boutique British automaker run aground in 2006 after purchase by a Russian oligarch, is back with plenty of deposits on an undisclosed coupe and a teaser image photoshopped from an Autocar magazine sketch. The fledgeling car company is at work on a new coupe powered by a Cosworth V8 with an expected output of 450 to 500 hp, though it won't be until 2018 that customers will be able to take delivery of the cars. The factory has to be built first, even though the first year's allocation is already sold out.

TVR Chairman Les Edgar gave the future owners of the new coupe a progress report, stating that the company is running at least one engineering mule that has been operating on roads, and that they've recently fired up one of the Cosworth V8s.

Watch F1 cars rip up a mountain in Japan

12/29/2015

Two ex-Formula One cars plus one mountain road equals an epic video shot in Japan by Motor Head Magazine.

It's not too often you see open-wheel cars on public roads -- the Stallone vehicle "Driven" notwithstanding -- but something about it makes the cars look even better than when they're on the racetrack. After the F1 cars have a go, they're followed by some drifters who are nearly as impressive.

The camerawork is also great, so check out more of Motor Head's stuff here.

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