2013 Smartfortwo Cabriolet
For those few urbanites desperate to squeeze a little sunshine into their short city jaunts, there’s the 2013 Smart ForTwo Passion Cabriolet.
The look is one of, “you know it when you see it”. With virtually no front or rear overhang, and its tall, boxy body, the Smart is a true city car at less than 9 feet long.
Its 1.0 liter, 3 cylinder, 70 horse engine is fine for scooting across the city, all with 36 MPG fuel economy. But while we did log some highway miles, bigger traffic will blow you around. The 5-speed automatic manual gearbox continues as Smart’s low point. Lurching like a pure manual with a first time driver. Fortunately, practice with the shift paddles and throttle can smooth it out.
Much like other micro and mini cabriolets, the Smart features more of an open top than a true convertible setup. We liked having a little open air at times. It helps make the interior feel less tight and more inviting.
PATRICK LUCAS: The Smart Cabrio definitely isn’t for everyone… it’s got a very specific purpose. That’s mainly to be a quick city runabout that you can occasionally drop the top if you want to. If you have a short commute, or if you live downtown like I do, I can see the appeal.
JOHN DAVIS: Available for around $18,000, the 2013 Smart ForTwo Passion Cabriolet delivers some high style, high fuel economy, and the satisfaction that you’ll always find a place to park it.
Engine: 1.0 liter
Price: Around $18,000