Two seater convertibles are often the source of the most fun a driver can have on the road. They are cute and sporty. Driving enthusiasts love two seaters, but the Smart Fortwo Cabriolet is different from the rest. The Fortwo isn’t about about lots of power and sports car driving dynamics.
This little car is all about being small, efficient, and ideal for city life.
The Fortwo Cabriolet disappeared from the roster in 2016, but they brought it back for 2017 with a choice of two transmissions, affordable pricing, and a rainbow of customizable colors so owners will look like no one else. Colors are vibrant and attention-getting. Even the roof comes in a choice of either red or black.
Smart styles its cars so they’re instantly recognizable.
The Fortwo Cabriolet is no exception with its small footprint, rounded lines, and two-tone body. The design lets you really have fun with your color choices, but it’s also functional. The section of metal that comes down the side and across the top and bottom of the body shows off the tridion safety cell. It’s what helps make this tiny car safe in the event of an accident.
This two seater convertible comes with a big 19.4 square-foot canvas top that is four percent larger than the 2015 model. It slides back at the touch of a button to several positions so it can function as a sunroof or convertible depending on how much wind you want whipping through your hair. The top fully retracts in twelve seconds even while driving at speed and can be opened remotely with the key fob.
You can open the top up even more thanks to two removable roof rails over the doors. They unlatch with a double-clicking button inside each rail and Smart didn’t forget you’ll need a place to put them when you’re out and about. Flip down the rear cargo door and a built-in carrying case holds the rails tucked out of the way until you need them again.
It’s a convenient feature and convenience is the Fortwo Cabriolet’s strength. It’s great for getting around a city, taking advantage of narrow parking spots and spaces that will have larger vehicles stopped in their tracks. Your typical city is a maze of cars sloppily parked on narrow roads, delivery trucks, breakdowns, and construction. The Fortwo Cabriolet takes it all in stride and takes some of the stress out of your day at the same time.
City driving, no matter how well you know your city, often means missing the street you want and having to turn around. A 22.8-foot turning radius lets the Smart Fortwo Cabriolet manage this feat without much space. That means you get back on track quicker and don’t feel the pressure of holding up other cars while you turn your car around.
Power comes from a .9-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine paired to either a 5-speed manual or 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. No, it’s not powerful, but in city driving it’s more than adequate. The perks of its small maneuverability outweigh the drawbacks of its tiny engine.
That small engine delivers great fuel economy. The manual transmission is rated at 31 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. The optional automatic transmission has the same highway rating with 33 mpg for city driving. That’ll keep some cash in your pocket to help cover things like parking.
Top speed on the Fortwo Cabriolet is 94 mph.
Spend a day driving the Fortwo Cabriolet and you quickly understand why it’s a car that targets city drivers. There’s nothing that says you can’t buy this if you live out in the country, but after navigating the streets of Brooklyn, New York it proved that cities are where its small size makes it ideal.
It’s easy to handle and helped us navigate a traffic nightmare. A quick turn through a narrow side street, then across a parking lot and around other larger cars unable to move out of the gridlock had us on our way instead of stuck waiting for who knows how long.
The Smart Fortwo Cabriolet starts at $18,900 for the manual transmission or $19,890 for the automatic. Affordable, sylish, and pint-sized, the Smart Fortwo Cabriolet makes city driving fun.