Smart cars are edging into a market in the United States that usually loves it larger when it comes to vehicles. In the quest for an economical, fuel efficient and eco-friendly form of transportation, many new car buyers are looking to the smaller models. Find out why the Smart Fortwo Pure Coupe is a smart choice if you are in the market for a new car.
Safety – Smaller cars always bring up safety concerns. The misconception that bigger is better in a crash is slowly being eroded by safety features and developments that are making many smaller cars just as safe as their larger cousins. All Smart Fortwos have standard safety features like those found in larger vehicles. The Smart has four airbags, anti-lock braking system and the protective “tridion safety cell”. It is designed to ensure that crashes in these smaller cars are comparable to larger passenger vehicles. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it the highest scores for front and side crash worthiness and roof strength.
Comfort – It’s only big enough for two, but what room there is seems to be comparable to that of other cars. The headroom of the Smart Pure Coupe is 39.7 inches; that puts it within an inch of head room either way compared to a Lincoln Town Car, Nissan Maxima, Lexus LS 430, Buick Park Avenue and the Ford Crown Victoria. Leg room is also within 1-2 inches.
Style – The Smart Pure Coupe is a standout because of it’s small, boxy design. It is definitely noticeable on the street and has changeable body panels available in six colors and a range of interior upholstery colors. To further customize your Smart, you can choose custom paint or get a vehicle wrap in a variety of designs.
Performance – The Pure Coupe has a maximum speed of 90 mph, so it isn’t for those who want to get on the track and cut loose; but it does give 33 mpg city and 41 mpg highway; so, what it lacks in speed, it makes up for in fuel economy.
Green – The trend toward eco-friendly vehicle options has everyone wondering what their car is doing for the environment. Smart cars are eco-friendly from production on to their life on the road. In production, only water soluble pains are used. The body panels have molded-in color and are recyclable. And the Fortwo is classified as an Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle because of its low exhaust emissions. And the incredible fuel economy means less fuel consumption to get you where you need to go.
With a starting price just under $12,000; the Pure Coupe is priced right for it’s size. Overall, the Smart Pure Coupe is the perfect car for a couple, singles, students or as a commuting vehicle.
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