It's taken years, but Americans are finally starting to care about city cars, the name given to ultra-compact hatchbacks designed specifically to navigate the crowded, space-squeezed environs of a major metropolis. The 2016 smart fortwo has been redesigned at precisely the right time to take advantage of this newfound enthusiasm for small automobiles, a charge that's been lead by an influx of models like the Chevrolet Spark, the FIAT 500, and of course the long-popular MINI Cooper.
The Smart Fortwo stands apart from each of these potential rivals by making 'tiny' a virtue, as disappearance of the Scion iQ has rendered the Euro coupe the only two-passenger car in its class. I had the opportunity to sample the Smart in Portland, Oregon, a city that has traditionally counted acceptance of the unusual as one of its core values. Truncated in size, if not spirit when seen alongside its peers, I discovered that the new Fortwo rights some of the wrongs perpetrated by the brand's initial foray across the Atlantic and resolutely sticks to its guns that there exists a market for premium-priced entry-level fare.