2016 Smart ForTwo first drive
Keepin' it weird09/01/2015
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).