What a difference a year can make. Roughly 365 days ago I found myself behind the wheel of the 2016 Smart Fortwo for the very first time on the streets of Portland, Oregon, where I spent the day tooling around in the very latest version of the automaker’s ultra-subcompact coupe. This past month, I had the opportunity to once again sample the Fortwo, only this time I had a full seven days to put the car through its paces and match it up with my daily routine. Surprisingly, the difference between those two experiences was substantial enough to change my perception of the car.
Smart’s corporate parent, Mercedes-Benz, listened to a lot of the feedback that it got about the previous generation Fortwo and make a concerted effort to adapt the new version of the vehicle to the North American market. The two biggest changes? More power, and a slightly wider platform that has created a cabin that better accommodates two riders (and introduces a little more stability at highway speeds).
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