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2009 smart fortwo

Posted: 04/19/2009 - 5:41 PM ET

The 2009 smart fortwo fits where other cars will never, saves you tons of fuel costs and catches every eye in every head passed. These little cruisers zip around with impressive handling and a surprising amount of interior spaciousness. If there is anything negative to say about them, it would be that they are rather ill-suited for long-distance highway traveling. However, most usage for the smart fortwo comes in the form of repetitive traveling - like daily work commutes and errand runs.

German auto tuning firm Brabus has freshened the lineup with a new trim level for the 2009 fortwo - sportier than ever. Besides this crisp new trim, the smart fortwo is a basically straightforward carryover from 2008. There is the addition of new handy and flexible door-based storage netting system.

This is only the second year for the smart fortwo in the US. It's definitely in the proper place at the proper time. Its fuel-saving standards are being very well received in America - and girls absolutely love these cute/Green machines. 2008 was a solid intro year for the fortwo by smart, yet many looked upon it as more of a novelty. Time is passing, and the fan base of the fortwo is growing. People are beginning to see that the smart fortwo is a very sensible and economical transportation option.

Power-wise the 2009 smart is a bit limited. It features a 1.0L 71hp 68 lb-ft 3-cylinder that delivers a top speed of 91 mph. It is not exactly quick out of the gate either. 0 to 60 times are a fast crawl at 14.1 seconds. The engine is matched with an automated manual 5-speed transmission that is reported to be rather jerky. It does have the ability to be driven as an automatic with its console-mounted manual shifter. The Passion trims also offer column-mounted paddle shifters.

The smart fortwo has an acceptable fuel range even though its tank capacity is only 8.7 gallons. It takes you a free-breathing 33/41 mpg city/highway - one of its most favorable sell points. Mercedes-Benz builds the smart fortwo and as such it is a surprisingly safe vehicle. Front and side airbags, anti-locking brakes, electronic traction and stability control and more have earned the fortwo a 4-star frontal crash test rating for drivers from the NHTSA. Passengers are protected to a 3-star degree. In the case of side impacts, the smart fortwo was awarded a perfect 5 stars.

You can buy the 2009 fortwo by smart as either a hatchback coupe or a sportier convertible. The convertible is called the cabriolet. Three different trim levels are available as well: the Pure, Passion and the new top-of-the-line Brabus.

The 2009 smart fortwo is a bit snug, but can still seat two tall adults in relative comfort. Adequate legroom is included - passengers even get an extra six inches as compared to drivers. 12 cubic feet of storage space are found in the trunk and the passenger seat also folds flat to add more hauling room. MSRPs begin at $11,400 and go up. The smart fortwo is establishing itself in the US as a fuel-saving, safe choice for commute-style travels. It's sensible, economical and very cute - it's the smart fortwo!

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