Since its introduction in Europe over two decades ago, the 2016 Smart ForTwo has had just one major facelift: the 2016 model year. When you don’t glance over your shoulder, the reimagined version of the legendary two-seater minicar seems like a tiny car, even though it’s 8.8 feet long. Snub nose, perky style, and the Tridion safety cage’s contrast color define the passenger compartment in the new ForTwo. The vehicle’s wheels are pushed to the four corners. With a less beveled front end, pedestrians will be more protected than previously, thanks to a shorter hood and a more defined hood front end.


The 2016 SMART FORTWO is offered in 4 trim levels:

  • Pure: Rear Wheel Drive
  • Passion: 36 combined MPG
  • Prime: 6-Speed A/T
  • Proxy: Rear Wheel Drive

Performance and Fuel Economy

A turbocharged 898cc three-cylinder engine installed beneath the trunk of the Smart Fortwo produces 89 horsepower and 100 pound-feet of torque. As an option, you may choose a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic manual gearbox with a 5-speed manual. According to Edmunds’ testing, an automatic-equipped Fortwo went from 0 to 60 mph in only 10.1 seconds. That’s a respectable time for a subcompact and an improvement of four seconds over the previous model. The automatic and manual transmissions of the Fortwo are expected to achieve 36 mpg combined (34 city/39 highway) with the automated gearbox. The Fortwo’s fuel economy is above average for a compact vehicle, but you should consider that it needs premium petrol.

Design, Comfort, and Quality

The length of the Smart ForTwo has remained precisely the same as before, and engineers at Smart are keen to point this out. As a result of the ForTwo’s increased width, the vehicle appears and feels more solid. A more prominent hood, rather than a smooth line sloping down from the top of the windscreen to the bottom of the front bumper, is another change made by Smart. ForTwo’s exterior and interior appear better due to this considerable alteration. As a result, this also makes the vehicle seem a little more substantial.

The engine is still in the back, hidden behind the hood’s multiple fluid tanks. The “Tridion” safety cell that arcs down from the roof, behind the doors, to the doorsill area has been upgraded to include more color options. White, black, and gray are now all options. There are a variety of trim levels to choose from to achieve the color combination you desire.

There are various design problems on the inside. A magnifying lens is used to fine-tune the automated climate control system. On the other hand, the numerals are much simpler to decipher without it. Thick roof pillars obscure most of the view provided by the large front and side windows, which gives the impression that you can see all around you. The 2016 Smart ForTwo lacks technologies like a forward-collision warning or a low-speed automated braking system, which should be standard in a city-focused vehicle like this. In addition, a rear-view camera would be useful but isn’t available in the Smart, which pushes drivers to squeeze into every square inch of a parallel parking position.

A Profile To Love

While still a little two-seater with a towering, slab-sided profile, it might look wider than it is long because of its short, sloping roofline. To this day, it’s the shortest automobile available for purchase brand new in the United States. The shortness of its snub nose is most apparent when seen from the side. However, a convertible model is expected to be released at some point; it is expected to have a power-operated fabric roof that allows open-top driving while maintaining a crossbar’s structural support between its rear pillars.

There are four distinct colors for the Smart’s “Tridion” safety cell, highlighting the vehicle’s structure (which can be ordered in dozens of shades). The contrast is used to emphasize the windshield post down the roof side, along the rear pillar, and around the door to emphasize the car’s structural integrity. In addition to its size, it is an excellent design flourish that immediately defines the vehicle as a Smart.


  • Height: 61.2 in
  • Length: 106.1 in
  • Width: 65.5 in
  • Curb weight: 1984 lbs

Engine type: Premium Unleaded I-3, 1.0 L

Fuel tank: 7.7 g

2016 Smart ForTwo

2016 SMART FORTWO Factory Service Manual

The factory original Smart repair manuals go through every aspect of how the car operates. The service manuals for the 2016 SMART FORTWO are vast and cover every aspect of the vehicle’s operation for those looking to take a Chilton DIY approach to a project. Your 2016 SMART FORTWO service manual must included with the mechanic for every repair or servicing event.

2016 SMART FORTWO — Owner’s Manual

When consumers purchase 2016 SMART FORTWO, they get an owner’s manual containing all the required information for future maintenance and modifications.

  • Introduction
  • Overview
  • Operation
  • Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting

While this list is thorough, the owner’s manual for 2016 SMART FORTWO provides more operational suggestions to enhance the user experience.


2016 SMART FORTWO purchase prices include:

  • Pure: $14,650 or €13223
  • Passion: $16,140 or €14568
  • Prime: $17,490 or €15787
  • Proxy: $18,480 or €16681

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Smart ForTwo Life expectancy?

150K-200K miles

Is it Discontinued?

It was pulled out of America in 2019, and focused on Europe and China, where it does much better

Is the ForTwo expensive to maintain?

It costs an ave of $827 per year for maintenance.

Does the Smart ForTwo have a back seat?

No, it does not