2018 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Cabriolet Review: Fun Without Function

– San Diego, California

Zipping along the San Diego harbor on a sunny SoCal day, it’s hard not to love the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Cabriolet. There’s an instantaneous gob of torque as you scoot away from every stoplight. The canvas roof folds back to let the warm sun fill the cabin. You can hilariously whip U-turns in the middle of the street. There’s great visibility from every angle. Really, it’s a great way to get around town.

It’s not until you begin to unpack the details of the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive that the cute little runabout begins to lose its luster. The range is the lowest among all electric vehicles. There’s hardly any cargo space. And holy crap, it’s expensive. Smart will only sell the ForTwo as an EV in the U.S. (in all 50 states) from here on out, and all I can say is, well, good luck.

 

Pros

Coupe and cabrio. I’ve always thought that if you’re going to buy a Smart, just get the Cabriolet. The power canvas roof slides back along the rails to give a sort of “big sunroof” effect, or you can detach the roof bars above the side windows completely, fold the top all the way back, and have a full convertible experience. When the roof is back up, it’s no louder inside the Cabriolet than in the regular ForTwo Coupe. Why choose one body style when you can have both?

City slicker. Drive any version of the Smart in a big city, and you’ll see why the thing’s so popular in Europe, or in congested American markets like San Francisco. You can park it anywhere. The in...