For 2009, the smart fortwo presents a few upgrades, including two new colors – rally red and gray metallic – plus new flexible nets are built into the doors to offer more storage and the LCD display of instrument cluster now has a Loose Gas Cap Indicator light to warn when the fuel tank cap is not fully closed. Available as a hatchback coupe or a convertible, the two-seat subcompact fortwo is the smallest production car sold in North America. It is powered by a 1.0L three-cylinder engine that produces 71 hp and 68 lb-ft of torque, through a rear-wheel drive train coupled to an automated sequential-shift manual transmission. EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings are 33 mpg city/41 mpg hwy. With the engine in the rear to increase frontal crash space, the car is built on a frame of high-strength steel known as Tridion. Side impact protection is improved by the proximity of the axles to the passenger compartment, while smart fortwo standard safety features include stability control and traction control, antilock brakes, side air bags and frontal airbags.Read more Read less
The Smart fortwo, a model that has found a loyal following among European city-dwellers, is available in the U.S. for 2009 in two different body styles, a coupe and a convertible. According to Smart, the new models feature slightly more interior space, adding that the car's two seats are now more comfortable. Door nets replace solid storage areas on the driver and passenger doors. The front fascia has been redesigned to meet new pedestrian safety regulations. Two new exterior colors are available: sporty rally red and elegant gray metallic. Light yellow and red metallic have been discontinued. Also standard is a "loose gas cap" indicator.
Quirky styling unlike any other vehicle; easy maneuverability and parking; low price; fuel efficiency; surprisingly roomy
The 2009 Smart fortwo is built by Mercedes-Benz and comes in three different trim levels: Pure (coupe only), Passion, and the new, higher-performing Brabus limited edition. All trims have an unbelievably short total length of 106 inches. It will fit into small gaps in traffic and park with ease in even the tightest spots. Still, legroom is ample, with an extra 6 inches more than 2008 provided for the passenger seat, which also folds flat for added cargo space. Fuel economy is impressive: all models achieve a combined mileage estimate of 36 mph.