If there's a more polarizing car on the roads than the 2012 Smart ForTwo, we've not heard about it. Smart's diminutive city car fits two passengers and a tiny engine into the shortest footprint on U.S. roads. There's certainly no mistaking the shape for anything else.
Unfortunately for Smart, the ForTwo has never really caught on in the U.S. With a recalcitrant gearbox, lower fuel economy than you'd expect and misconceptions over how safe a car that small could really be, it's not difficult to see why.
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 34 mpg city and 38 mpg highway, for a combined rating of 36 mpg. So it hardly guzzles gas, but it's still not that much more economical than significantly larger, more practical cars like the Kia Rio and Hyundai Accent—and it's even behind its new minicar rival, the Scion iQ, at a...
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