Image by Randy Read
If you are in the market for a new car and want something that is “greener”, both for your wallet and for the environment, you really should check out a smart “fortwo” car.
In terms of what it will cost you, smart fortwo cars start at around $11,990 for the pure coupe (entry-level), $13,990 for the passion coupe (well-equipped) and $16,990 for the passion cabriolet (well-equipped convertible). Specifics on what features each of the smart fortwo cars are equipped with can be found on their website.
But one feature that I like is that smart fortwo cars can get around 33 mpg in the city, 41 mpg on the highway (without fuel additives or biofuels) and have an 8.7 gallon gas tank. They can also go up to 90 mph so you’ll have no trouble keeping up with traffic. If you are worried about the safety of these little cars, don’t. In 2008 the smart fortwo coupe received the highest ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for front and side crashworthiness.
Unfortunately….as far as I know, there aren’t any smart car “dispensers” (like seen in the above photo) in the United States. However, there is a $99 reservation program where customers can reserve, customize and have their built-to-order smart fortwo car delivered to the dealership near them.
So, if you are looking to invest in a greener car (greener for the environment that is, as the smart fortwo cars don’t come in the color green), the smartUSA website reports that smart cars are in stock and in many cases there is no wait time to be able to drive off in your smart car.