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2013 smart fortwo - Review


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You could make the case that the 2013 Smart ForTwo is the most argued-about car on U.S. roads, though certain plug-in electric cars might give it a run for its money.

But the smallest car sold in the U.S. is polarizing for sure, with many questioning its safety and many others assuming it gets 70 or 80 mpg because it's so tiny. It's distinctive for sure, with a shape no one will mistake for any other vehicle.

To set the record straight, the Smart does fairly well in crash tests, offers airbags for its occupants--and only gets an EPA rating of 36 mpg combined, hardly competitive with much larger and more capacious hybrids.

While that's hardly gas guzzling, the ratings--34 mpg city, 38 mpg highway--aren't as stellar as the size would seem to indicate. There's also the problem that Smarts require premium fuel, unlike most other economy cars. And last year the Smart gained its first minicar rival, the almost-as-short Scion iQ, which is rated a "three plus one" seater, carries the Toyota...

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