Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Now, That's Smart: The New Fortwo: Think of It as the Anti-Hummer

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Now, That's Smart: The New Fortwo: Think of It as the Anti-Hummer

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2008 MERCEDES-BENZ SMART FORTWO

RETAIL PRICE (MSRP) $11,590

STANDARD ENGINE 1.0L 3-CYLINDER

HORSEPOWER 70 @ 5,800 RPM

TORQUE (LB-FT) 68 @ 4,500 RPM

FUEL ECONOMY, CITY (MPG) 34

HIGHWAY (MPG) 40

TIRED OF CIRCLING your favorite restaurant like a vulture over carrion? Sick of blowing a month's gym dues with every fill-up of your gas tank? Done with making car payments that could cover a mortgage on a South Beach condo? Well, urban dwellers, rejoice--freedom is at hand.

In January this freedom whips into your tight parking space in the form of Mercedes-Benz's Smart Fortwo. If you've traveled to Europe during the past decade, then you know the Smart Fortwo-tiny and colorful, like a rolling Swatch, which is no surprise since Swatch's Swiss designers styled the original Smart. In Europe the variety of Smart models rivals that of Swatches; in America we get two versions: a hatchback and a cabriolet, both with two doors, front seats sized for tall Germans, and a rear hold that carries enough groceries to feed said Saxons for a week.

The Smart Fortwo is as cute as a puppy chewing your ex's Manolo Blahniks, but how does it drive? …

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