...If you're considering a ForTwo, take it down the roughest road you can find on your test drive. Noisy Interior The Smart ForTwo is not a quiet little bubble of serenity; everything makes noise. The climate control system is noisy, particularly when the air conditioning is running. A great deal of road noise creeps into the cabin, and you could easily hear neighboring cars' radios if it weren't for the engine drowning out most everything around you. At a time when automakers are isolating occupants from their surroundings with increasing efficiency, at least you can say Smart bucks the trend...
...to great fanfare. That was before anyone drove the tiny city runabout, though. We called it the worst car of the 2000s. Smart has announced a redesigned model for 2013 that will go on sale this summer. It gets some exterior updates and the interior materials are improved, but the car remains virtually the same underneath. That means we likely won't be recommending this one, either. It's not necessarily the 70-horsepower three-cylinder engine that is our biggest gripe. It's the automated-manual transmission, which we've found to lurch instead of actually shift. The car's proportions also lead...
...Interior features include: Standard fold-flat front passenger seat Optional CD stereo Optional power windows Optional heated leather seats Optional panoramic roof Optional automatic air conditioning Under the Hood The ForTwo uses a three-cylinder engine with an automated-manual transmission that can be left in automatic mode or shifted by the driver. Mechanical features include: Standard 70-horsepower, 1.0-liter three-cylinder with 68 pounds-feet of torque Standard five-speed auto-manual transmission Optional power steering Top speed of 90 mph Safety Safety features include: Standard front...
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