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FEATURES | 5 out of 10
basic amenities like power steering and a radio are optional
options list includes heated leather seats
Kelley Blue Book
The Passion gets all those basic features, plus a panorama glass roof
Between its mid-30s fuel economy and low base sticker price, the 2008 Smart Fortwo is definitely an economy car. While those attributes may be appealing to many consumers, the economy nature of the Smart Fortwo is, unfortunately, reflected strongly in the standard features list.
The cheaper trim of the Smart Fortwo, the Pure, starts at only $11,590. However, reviews read by TheCarConnection.com all mention that the Pure comes with little more than four wheels and an engine. While Edmunds points out that the Pure comes standard with "keyless entry, leather steering wheel and electric window defroster," Cars.com notes "basic amenities like power steering and a radio are optional." The standard features list on the 2008 Smart Fortwo grows somewhat for the more expensive Passion trim level, which Cars.com says "adds a fixed glass roof, alloy wheels, power windows, air conditioning and a two-speaker CD stereo with iPod connectivity." The only difference between the Smart Fortwo Passion Coupe and Cabriolet is that "the Passion Cabrio adds an upgraded stereo with MP3-compatible in-dash six-CD changer."
With such a small standard features list, you might expect the 2008 Smart Fortwo to offer quite a few options, but there is little available aside from adding the Passion's standard items to the Pure. Kelley Blue Book says "the 2008 Smart Fortwo's options list includes heated leather seats, a fixed panorama glass roof and a sport steering wheel with paddle shifters." The only other noteworthy optional feature is the available "two-tone paint," according to ConsumerGuide. There are a few conspicuously absent features on the 2008 Smart Fortwo, but Cars.com conjectures that perhaps the most glaring omission is that "cruise control is not available."
Yes, it's an economy car, but the standard and optional features on the 2008 Smart Fortwo are still disappointing.