2016 Smart fortwo

2016 Smart fortwo
2016 Smart fortwo

2016 Smart fortwo


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 32 mpg City, 39 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 1.0 L Premium Unleaded I-3, 89 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Rear Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 2
  • Doors: 2

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The Smart Fortwo is a pure city car, competing with the likes of the Scion IQ and to a lesser degree, the bigger Fiat 500. Starting at under $15,000, the smart Fortwo is one of the least expensive cars available in the U.S. It is also one of the easiest cars to live with for those living in a big city. Make no mistake, the Fortwo wasn't built for the vast open spaces of rural America, but its tiny footprint and small, efficient engine begins to make a lot of sense when stop and go traffic and finding a big enough space to parallel park in become primary concerns. At just 106 inches long, the Smart needs roughly half the space of a normal car for parking, meaning that owners spend less time hunting for a spot and more time enjoying their lives once they've reached their destination.

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What's New For 2016

The Smart Fortwo is all new this year. While the styling has evolved, the basic premise behind the Fortwo has not. It's still a tiny, 2-seat, urban, city car that does its best work in crowded streets where parking is scarce. A new, more powerful turbocharged engine gives the Fortwo a bit more oomph for those occasional trips onto the freeway, while a redesigned interior innovates and makes the most of the space that is available.


  • Basic Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles

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Specifications for 2016 Smart fortwo

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag
    • First Aid Kit
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Pretensioners
  • Entertainment Features
    • 1 LCD Monitor In The Front
    • Digital Signal Processor
    • 240w Regular Amplifier
    • JBL Speakers
    • Fixed Antenna
    • Audio Theft Deterrent
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, In-Dash Mounted Single CD, Clock and Radio Data System
    • Smart Audio System -inc: FM/AM-tuner each w/6 presets, USB port for external audio sources, aux input, audio streaming via Bluetooth, wireless phone connection via Bluetooth, 2 door integrated midrange driver speakers, volume control via multifunctional wheel, prefabricated mounting position for the optional smartphone and free of charge: smart cross connect for iOS and selected Android smartphones Check app store for availability of smart cross connect.
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 16" 5-Twin Spoke Alloy
    • Tires: 16"
    • Spare Tire Mobility Kit
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Fixed Composite 1st Row Sunroof w/Sunshade
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
    • Black Side Windows Trim
    • Black Door Handles
    • Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
    • Black Mirror Caps
    • Flip-Up Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Speed Sensitive Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Composite/Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Colored Grille
    • Tailgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Perimeter/Approach Lights
    • Fully Automatic Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • Front Fog Lamps
    • LED Brakelights
  • Interior Features
    • Bucket Seats
    • 6-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Recline, Height Adjustment and Fore/Aft Movement
    • 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline, Fore/Aft Movement and Fold Flat
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Leather/Metal-Look Steering Wheel
    • Front Cupholder
    • Power Fuel Flap Locking Type
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
    • Cruise Control
    • Automatic Air Conditioning
    • Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Cloth Door Trim Insert
    • Leather Gear Shift Knob
    • Upholstery Fabric
    • Interior Trim -inc: Colored Instrument Panel Insert, Colored Door Panel Insert, Colored Console Insert, Aluminum And Metal-Look Interior Accents and Cloth Upholstered Dashboard
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Passenger Visor Vanity Mirror
    • Partial Floor Console w/Storage, Mini Overhead Console and 1 12V DC Power Outlet
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Front Map Lights
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim
    • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
    • Cargo Features -inc: Spare Tire Mobility Kit
    • Roll-Up Cargo Cover
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • FOB Controls -inc: Rear Window Only
    • Instrument Panel Covered Bin, Interior Concealed Storage, Driver And Passenger Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Digital/Analog Display
    • Seats w/Carpet Back Material
    • Fixed Front Head Restraints
    • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
    • Driver And Passenger Heated-Cushion, Driver And Passenger Heated-Seatback
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 1 12V DC Power Outlet
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Rear-Wheel Drive
    • 4.53 Axle Ratio
    • 2247# Gvwr 507# Maximum Payload
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front Anti-Roll Bar
    • Sport Tuned Suspension
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 7.7 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Other Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
    • Transmission: 5 Speed Smart-Shift Automated Manual
    • Engine: 1.0L 3-Cylinder

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 8
    • Drum - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) - 8
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Order Code - _MC02_
    • Engine Type - Premium Unleaded I-3
    • Displacement - 1.0 L/55
    • Fuel System - MPI
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 89 @ 6200
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 100 @ 2500
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 73.7
    • Length, Overall (in) - 106.1
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 65.5
    • Height, Overall (in) - 61.2
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 57.8
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 56.3
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 5.2
    • Liftover Height (in) - 28.7
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 7.7
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 2
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 45.4
    • Front Head Room (in) - 39.7
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 41.2
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 48
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 45.4
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 35
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 36
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 32
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 34
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 39
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 22.8
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - smart fortwo
    • Body Style - Coupe
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Other
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Other
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P165/65TR16
    • Rear Tire Size - P185/60TR16
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Rear Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - 410
    • Trans Order Code - 429
    • Trans Order Code - _6AT01
    • Trans Type - 5
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Manual w/OD
    • Trans Description Cont. - Auto-Shift Manual w/OD
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 4.53
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Two-Seaters
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 5.0
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 4.9
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 1984
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 16 X 4.5
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 16
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 16 X 5.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 16
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum

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Available Colors

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  • Cool Silver (metallic) Lava Orange (metallic) Moon White (matte) Yellow (metallic)
  • Cool Silver (metallic)
  • Lava Orange (metallic)
  • Moon White (matte)
  • Yellow (metallic)

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The Smart fortwo has been completely redesigned for the first time, for the 2016 model year. First seen in Europe more than 15 years ago, the Smart car reached America in 2008.

The all-new 2016 Smart fortwo boasts considerably greater refinement and it’s much wider than before.

As the fortwo model name suggests, the Smart car is strictly a two-passenger model. It’s also one of the most easily recognizable vehicles on the street. As before, the fortwo is the shortest car sold in the U.S.

Though only 8.8 feet long, the 2016 Smart fortwo is nearly 4 inches wider than previously, which makes it feel more like a compact car, until you realize that the back window is only two feet away. At the front, the familiar stub nose remains, but fresh styling with a better-defined hood comes across as jauntier than before.

While relatively simple, the cabin features various rounded forms. Gauges and a 3.5-inch color display occupy a small cluster ahead of the driver, surrounded by the speedometer.

Diverse interior trim gives each trim level a distinct character. An Edition #1 special trim package will be offered only for the 2016 model year.

The powertrain configuration is unchanged, with the engine mounted on its side, between the back wheels. Now equipped with a turbocharger, the 0.9-liter three-cylinder develops 89 horsepower, plus 100 pound-feet of torque (versus the previous 70 hp and 68 pound-feet). A 5-speed manual gearbox is standard, with a 6-speed dual-clutch automated transmission optional.

Gas mileage is not as thrifty as you might imagine for such a small car: The 2016 Smart fortwo is EPA-rated at 32/39 mpg City/Highway, or 35 mpg Combined, with the standard 5-speed manual. With the optional 6-speed dual-clutch automated manual, it’s rated 34/39 mpg, 36 mpg Combined. As with the previous generation, Premium gasoline is required.

Few cars come anywhere close to the Smart fortwo’s maneuverability, with a 22.8-foot turning circle (curb to curb). In addition to urban capabilities, the redesigned model has become way more capable in highway driving. Standard Crosswind Assist, for instance, helps keep the car in its lane when gusty side winds blow, automatically steering and braking to counteract sideways motion.

Forward-collision warning is optional. A rearview camera and dashboard-mounted navigation will be offered in the 2017 model year.

A redesigned Electric Drive model and a fabric-roof Cabrio will arrive for 2017. Meanwhile, the battery version continues to use the first-generation design for 2016.

The new structure contains about 75 percent high-strength steel. The redesigned model has not yet been crash-tested by either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Made in France, Smart cars are part of the Mercedes-Benz group. Eight airbags are standard.


The 2016 Smart fortwo comes in four trim levels. A manual transmission is standard, a dual-clutch transmission is additional ($990).

Smart fortwo Pure ($14,650) includes automatic climate control, cruise control, power steering, power windows, steering-wheel controls, Bluetooth, LED daytime running lights, and 15-inch steel wheels. Passion ($16,140) gets a two-tone interior (black/orange, white, or grey), heated power mirrors, retractable cargo cover, and alloy wheels. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

Smart fortwo Prime ($17,490) adds black leather seats, a silver safety cell, heated seats, panoramic roof, exterior LED lighting, foglamps, and rain/light sensor. Proxy ($18,480) gets a white Tridion safety cell and vibrant blue/white interior, plus 16-inch alloy wheels and an eight-speaker, 240-watt JBL sound system.

Edition #1 package has an orange Tridion safety cell with white body panels, black 16-inch wheels, LED lighting, and panoramic sunroof. Upholstery and dashboard blend black, grey, and orange.


Recognizable as a short but tall Smart car, the fortwo has a blunter nose in a more traditional front end than before. Outlining the slab-sided body structure, the distinctive Tridion safety cell is typically of contrasting color. In addition to helping identify the car, it highlights the strong structure.

For 2016, only the solid-roof Coupe body is offered. Continued from the first-generation are fixed windows to the rear of each door. A bulge above the beltline holds the door handle. The grille features a pattern of various-size hexagons. At the rear, the upper half of the split tailgate opens, while the lower portion folds down.


Changes are more substantial inside, yielding a modern look, far removed from the original utilitarian cabin. Coarse-grained fabric surfaces decorate the dashboard and doors. Seats may have cloth or leather upholstery. The tachometer occupies a pod atop the dashboard.

Headroom is ample and leg space adequate, even for occupants over six feet tall. Comfortable front seats have cushions that are a tad short. A high seating position helps visibility. Only when backing up are you likely to become aware of the cabin’s shortness.

At 9.2 cubic feet, the cargo bay nearly matches the Fiat 500 and beats the Mini Cooper. The cargo cover may be removed and stored behind the seats. Storage space is restricted to door pockets, twin cupholders, and a drawer under the console.

Driving Impressions

First-generation Smart cars had problems with ride comfort, noise, and dual-clutch transmission operation, but the redesigned car is quieter and smoother. For such a small car, noise is effectively suppressed. Additional power, plus a turning circle that’s even tighter than before, make it a proficient urban wanderer. Better yet, highway travel feels way more secure.

For the first time, a manual gearbox is available. Still, about four-fifths of buyers are expected to pay for the automated dual-clutch transmission. Partly because the manual gearbox has surprisingly long throws between each gear, with a rather loose shift gate, we think the dual-clutch unit is the better choice. Its shift points nicely matched the tiny engine.

Despite weighing some 200 pounds more, the 2016 Smart accelerates more briskly than its predecessor, though it’s still leisurely. With the manual transmission, we had to rev the engine relatively high to start off smartly.

Overall, handling is good, as the car grips the pavement tenaciously. Traction control limits potential problems that can occur in a tall, rear-engined car with such a short wheelbase.

As for agility, a fortwo can make a U-turn nearly anywhere. You can also maneuver sharply through urban traffic, then slip tidily into parking spots that couldn’t begin to hold a conventional mini-sized car.

Ride comfort is noticeably improved, helped by a wider track and slightly longer wheelbase. Stability is better, and the current model absorbs pavement irregularities with greater ease.


The 2016 Smart fortwo retains its visual identity, while upgrading the interior. Performance and road behavior have improved substantially, increasing its ability to provide comfortable highway trips, as well as ease through commuter traffic. Still, plenty of five-passenger cars are cheaper. Many deliver better gas mileage and, unlike the Smart car, don’t demand Premium gasoline.

Driving impressions by John Voelcker, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

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