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2011 Smart Fortwo

2011 Smart Fortwo

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Smart Fortwo Cabriolet
EPA fuel economy: 33 mpg city, 41 highway (36 Combined)

Take a look at the 2011 Smart Fortwo Cabriolet from some angles and you might not even think of it as a convertible. Truth is, that opening is so short that it feels more like an old-style T-tops arrangement, but there is nothing but open sky overhead. On the plus side, the Fortwo can park in spaces that would otherwise strictly be motorcycle territory, and it's very maneuverable at low city speeds. But for its size, the diminutive Fortwo is surprisingly thirsty, with an EPA rating that barely tops 40 mpg at a time when a number of much larger sedans can match it. Keep in mind that this convertible has an especially strong novelty factor; while driving a Smart—especially an open-air Smart—might feel thrilling initially, try to borrow one of these for a few days to really figure out if it's for you.


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  1. I don't understand the EPA numbers for the Miata. Mine gets 29 mpg city and 34 mpg highway, significantly better than the published numbers.
     
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  2. @Vince,
    Do you have a 2007 or earlier model? The EPA revised its figures for the 2008 model year to make them more closely resemble real-world results. So while the 2011 model might be rated lower, the gas mileage you actually see will probably be the same, if not better.
     
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