The 2011 Smart ForTwo may be one of the more polarizing cars around. In theory, it’s a great urban runabout, the shortest car sold in the U.S. and one that you can park almost in a mail slot. And it certainly draws attention wherever you go.
In practice, though, the ForTwo is remarkably unpleasant to drive day to day, and its fuel economy is lower than that of many modern four-door subcompacts that offer far more space.
Ask someone on the street what kind of gas mileage a Smart ForTwo gets, and you may get answers like “60 miles per gallon” or “75? 100 mpg?” In fact, it’s rated at merely 33 mpg city, 41 mpg highway, for a combined rating of 36 mpg. That’s commendable … but it’s also far below the Toyota Prius hybrid, a five-seat, five-door mid-size hatchback, and only slightly better than, say the new Hyundai Elantra subcompact sedan.
Yes, the Smart is cheaper, and it offers a cheerful open-air Cabriolet model to boot....
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