After an intensive rewrite, the Good story reads higher however has the identical ending
What’s it? It is the second technology of that bizarre curler-skate-wanting factor your hippie-turned-center-supervisor neighbor purchased to assist change the world. The unique Smart was an experiment that continues to carry out comparatively nicely in Europe however by no means fairly appealed to American tastes.
One cause for the unique ForTwo’s rarity within the U.S. is that it by no means appeared all that good: The automobile was costly for what it supplied, and gas economic system mediocre for the sacrifices required. Sadly, the brand new automotive continues on this custom with a base value of $15,four hundred and 36 mpg mixed. For comparability, an additional grand will purchase each the entrance AND again halves of a automobile within the type of, say, a Honda Fit, which will get the identical mixed gasoline financial system however can carry two extra folks AND four cubic ft of extra stuff (or the identical variety of folks and greater than 4 occasions the cargo: 12.2 cubic ft within the Sensible vs. fifty two.7 cubic ft within the Match with rear seats folded).
Roomy and upright, the Sensible ForTwo’s passenger compartment is ok even for longer journeys, however that is mainly the WHOLE CAR.
That math is why mum or dad firm Daimler (nee Mercedes) performs up the Fortwo as a premium metropolis automobile, touting its minimal turning circle and ease of parking. If these are your key standards, you’ll be impressed: The brand new Fortwo is available in at eight.eight toes lengthy, precisely the identical because the earlier mannequin, permitting it to shoehorn itself into miniscule parking areas. Aiding that pursuit is a 22.eight foot turning circle, which means the little coupe can nearly pivot on its rear tire, providing you with Ken Block-style car-control superpowers on slender metropolis streets.
In case you get overconfident and carry out a type of miracle U-turns into oncoming visitors, Good additionally maintains the earlier mannequin’s spectacular Tridion security cell building. The system makes use of excessive-power multiphase metal to kind a protecting shell across the occupant, and each authorities and Mercedes’ inner crash testing exhibits the construction performs surprisingly properly.