2017 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Review: Nice, but niche

– Miami, Florida

Earlier this summer, a taste of the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive whetted our appetite for small, electric cars. After launching a new generation of gas-powered two-doors late last year, Smart promised a follow-up to the popular ForTwo Electric Drive. EVs and city cars dovetail in their approach to sustainable transportation, and we’re happy to report that the best car to buy if you’re always looking for a parking spot is now even better – and greener.

Interestingly, It’s no longer a Tesla relative. The battery from the outgoing ForTwo Electric Drive was produced by Tesla; this time around Smart sourced a battery from an in-house supplier, Accumotive.

Like the model it replaces, the ForTwo Electric Drive is a two-door with two variations. The ForFour that we saw during our First Ride opportunity will not cross the pond to the United States. We traveled to Miami to finally get behind the wheel of the ForTwo Electric Drive and see if this is the sweet spot of the city car’s identity.

 

 

Pros

  • It’s livelier than its 81-horsepower rating would suggest. In the city, the ForTwo Electric Drive comes into its own. It’s the perfect appliance for slicing and dicing through the tightest jams. Instantaneously available torque (118 pound-feet of it) makes it a lot of fun to push the ForTwo Electric Drive to the front of a stoplight line. It’s always fun to drive, even though it’s not a typical performance car. You can step on the throttle and extract all available power fr...