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Although the second-generation Smart is improved, it's still not a smart choice unless easy parking is a priority. Tiny dimensions and a diminutive turning circle make it a breeze to park. Handling is fairly responsive, but the ride is jittery and jumpy. Noise and vibration from the turbocharged, three-cylinder, 89-hp engine buzzes through the car. The six-speed dual-clutch automatic is better than the original's rocky-shifting transmission but still causes idle vibration. Given the car's size and slow acceleration, you'd expect better than 36 mpg overall on premium fuel. Funky interior details and cheerful colors and textures abound, and the tall stance eases cabin access. An electric-drive version is also available.

Road Test

Tooling around in a Smart car is like owning a puppy: Everyone wants to see it, touch it, and ask lots of questions. But not everyone wants to deal with the headaches. With its elevated seating position, amazing maneuverability, and comparatively mic...

Highs

  • Seems to create parking spots where only the Smart can fit, a boon for city dwellers
  • Super maneuverable

Lows

  • Harsh ride and loud cabin limit the appeal to short urban trips
  • Idle vibration

Best Version to Get

We'd get the Passion trim in order to get its power mirrors and driver seat-height adjustment.

Specifications

Seating
2 front
Drive Wheels
Rear
Warranty
  • Basic: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Rust through: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Roadside aid: 4 year/50,000 miles
Body Styles
2-door hatchback
convertible
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Sequential
  • 1-speed Direct
  • 5-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • electric (80 hp)
  • 0.9-liter 3 turbo (89 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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