2016 smart fortwo First Drive: Much Improved and Getting Better [Video]

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The 2016 smart fortwo is a subcompact car that excels in busy urban environments where finding a parking space is a daily challenge. A new model of fortwo engineered by Mercedes-Benz, the smart microcar is all about having safety and fun in a package that can carry a lot more than you might think.

While the smart fortwo may have the smallest footprint of any car on the road, it has a new tridion safety cell that is built with more ultra-high strength steel designed to protect the passengers inside.

With small size comes big advantages. The 2016 smart fortwo has tight turning circle, which makes it easy to make a quick U-turn and grab that elusive parking space on the other side of the street. Other surprises include a roomy cabin such that tall people will have plenty of headroom and legroom.

Tucked away in the rear is a turbocharged 3-cylinder engine that delivers 89 horsepower and 100 lb-ft of torque – much improved over the previous model’s 70 horsepower rating. The five-speed manual transmission is standard and helps attain 32 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. Opt for the 6-speed dual clutch transmission for snappy shifts and fuel economy checks in at 33/39 mpg.

According to Car and Driver, the new 2017 Electric Drive model will arrive late 2016.

Watch Roman as he discovers the amazing capabilities of the new 2016 smart fortwo.

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