Minor cosmetic changes result in a mid-cycle refresh for the 2011 Smart car. The U.S. market may also see more efficient engines that have been confirmed internationally. Learn what's new on the 2011 Smart fortwo to determine if this little fuel-sipper is right for you.
What's New - 2011 Smart fortwo
Honestly, you'll have to look hard to identify the exterior cosmetic changes on the new Smart car. The biggest change is a slightly lower front fascia that is designed to properly house the newly available LED daytime running lights. The option to have painted side skirts and fascias is also now available. The vehicle now comes available in a matte green exterior color.
Inside, updates to the dashboard and instrument cluster help differentiate the fortwo from the previous model. A clock and tachometer now come standard. Optional LED lighting is also now available, as is a locking glove box.
In Europe, the fortwo has been confirmed with newer, cleaner engine options. However, Smart has yet to confirm whether or not these engines will come to America.
Finally, it's worth noting that the Smart fortwo Electric Drive will also be launched this year. However, U.S. availability will be limited to just 250 units (full rollout occurs in 2012).
2011 Smart fortwo Styling
Beyond the changes, the Smart fortwo remains the same quirky little two-seater that drivers seem to either love or hate. As the smallest car on the market, its appeal is certainly somewhat limited. However, for those who simply need a reliable way to scoot around town, the fortwo may prove an admirable option. As an added bonus, the car is available in convertible body style.
Inside, the cockpit offers more space than the exterior suggests. Passengers should find relative comfort and good headroom. At 7.8 cubic feet, cargo room is minimal. Available comfort and convenience features may also leave some shoppers wanting more.
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2011 Smart fortwo Performance
The Smart fortwo comes standard with a one-liter three-cylinder engine that delivers 71 horsepower. While this engine doesn't translate too well to the highway-driving environment, it does deliver exceptional fuel efficiency. At 33 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway, the Smart car is about as good as it gets outside of the hybrid market.
One downside of the Smart car's fuel consumption is the need for premium gasoline. Keep this fact in mind if you are trying to factor fuel savings into your car purchase.
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2011 Smart fortwo Safety
There have been no announced changes for the 2011 Smart fortwo's list of available safety features. Standard equipment includes front airbags, side airbags, anti-lock brakes (front disc/rear drum), stability control and traction control. In crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Smart fortwo earns a best-possible rating of "Good" in both frontal and side impact categories.
2011 Smart fortwo Prices and Features
Car shoppers can expect to pay around $12,000 for a base Smart car. For this price, you'll get keyless entry and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Available options include air conditioning, power windows, two- or five-speaker stereo, heated mirrors, power steering, leather seats and power convertible top. A sporty limited edition BRABUS trim is also available, and includes sport suspension, sport exhaust, body kit and other snazzy updates.
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