The Smart ForTwo has had mixed results over the last couple of years. It has almost a cult following of owners and seems to elicit a smile from passers by where ever you go. So the question is, for 2010 does the Smart ForTwo still have what it takes to get new buyers? Let’s look at the facts and you can decide for yourself.

Many electric cars are learning to deal with the dangerous silence for pedestrians

Many electric cars are learning to deal with the dangerous silence for pedestrians

For 2010 not much has changed about the diminutive Smart car…that is except for an $80 armrest option. Some of that is because Smart made changes last year like the addition of a tuner version of the Smart in the form of the BRABUS edition. Other than that, it is the same as it was last year and the year before that. The 2010 Smart ForTwo is powered by a 70-horsepower, 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine mated to a fairly unique five-speed automated manual transmission. I know what you are thinking: A) That is a small engine and not a lot of power. B) An automated what transmission?

Basically, the Smart has a clutchless manual transmission, so you get to shift, but you don’t have to fret about grinding the gears. A drawback to this type of transmission seems to be slow and somewhat rough shifting. Even with the automated manual transmission and small engine, the 2010 Smart ForTwo will reach highway speeds and achieve 41 mpg while doing it. City mileage is a little bit less at 33 mpg. For a lot of people this is where the value proposition starts to decline. At 33 mpg in the city and 41mpg on the highway, the numbers are almost opposite of the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid and no where near the 2010 Toyota Prius. Granted, the 2010 Smart ForTwo starts at $11,990, but you will pay more than 20K for all the options. All the sudden the 2010 Honda Insight starts to look better given it starts under $20K.

That all said, there is something that you can’t find in another car for the price. Size. Yes, the Smart ForTwo still beats out any other city cruiser when you look at parking it in a urban environment. In fact, you can park a Smart nose first towards the curb and fit within the width of a parallel parking space. However, I do feel the need to point out that the Smart is a little twitchy on the highway do to its small wheelbase and is susceptible to being blown around. On the other hand, I know a couple in England that have put over 100K on their Smart ForTwo and drive it more than 80 miles a day.

 

Bottom line—the Smart ForTwo is a good urban runabout, but it makes more sense the more crowded the city is. So Paris, London and New York City are great candidates for Smart ForTwo owners. For other drivers, especially ones with a family, cars like the 2010 Honda Insight, 2010 Toyota Prius and 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid might be a better fit.Read the full review 2010 Smart ForTwo review here and the Bottom Line Review from TheCarConnection.com here.