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$11,615
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$12,490
On Quality
Two adults fit into the 2011 Smart Fortwo surprisingly well, but with a lack of cargo space and lots of noisy and ride motion there's little else to make the experience comfortable.
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a nerve-jangling ride on neighborhood streets that are raggedy, a place where, oddly, it is supposed to shine as the perfect errand boy
Car and Driver

built for two passengers, but they enjoy an amazing amount of room considering the car's tiny footprint
Edmunds

the ForTwo's adequate 70-hp, 1.0-liter three-cylinder sits between the rear wheels and quickly heats up the rear cargo area for insta-milkshakes
Autoblog

Despite its tiny size, the high seating position makes you feel you're sitting in a small SUV
Consumer Reports

ForTwo's interior is never serene
Consumer Guide

The look of the Smart Fortwo has changed slightly for 2011, but the accommodations have stayed the same. Inside, the 2011 Fortwo feels basic, much like a small pickup cab, with a rather short, plasticky instrument panel and controls—now newly spruced up with some resculpted details and matte-metallic trim.

The surprises are the remarkable amount of headroom—even for those well over six feet tall—and good legroom. However, particularly broad people may bump elbows or even shoulders, because the cabin is narrow. The driver sits upright on short seats, and the steering wheel is more horizontal than in most cars, resulting in a driving position rather like that of a commercial van.

The cargo space behind the passenger area of this two-seater is disappointingly small, allowing only enough room for three large shopping bags in a row. The front passenger seat can be made to fold forward, but it's an extra-cost option.

At higher speeds, engine and road noise drown out conversation and the weak sound system; factor in a pitchy, bouncy ride and the 2011 Smart Fortwo has one of the most unpleasantly active new-car interiors you could get into.

Conclusion

Two adults fit into the 2011 Smart Fortwo surprisingly well, but with a lack of cargo space and lots of noisy and ride motion there's little else to make the experience comfortable.

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