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By luvmysp23


2013 smart fortwo Electric electric drive coupe 2dr Hatchback (electric DD)


I would only recommend this as a strictly commuter car if your commute is 5-10 mi each way. Parking is a breeze in NYC where parking in anything larger than a smart is a nightmare. However, when the weather is below 35 degrees, the cabin is always cold (even with heated seats) and the heat robs 20-40% of your range if you use it consistently. The 70hp boost they claim rarely kicks in when you step on the pedal. I've had the car for 4 mo now (since Nov '13) and range anxiety has been a major problem during the polar vortex days. My commute is only 15 mi each way and I always get home with just 20% of power from a 100% charge. If the range would be 100 mi with heat/AC on, this would be perfect

Best Features

rain sensing wipers, upgraded stereo sounds decent for this price point, ride height, iPhone/USB connection

Worst Features

Range is HORRIBLE on this EV! So is the recharge times (almost 15-16 hrs) from 10% power level. Cold temps shouldn't affect range THAT much. Tesla was able to mitigate that issue. Not sure why smart couldn't especially since many of the components were provided from Tesla. The app that lets you control climate from your smart phone, has never ever worked. I posted to smart's FB page and they responded quickly with instructions but, it still doesn't work. such a shame because that may help with the range if I can leave w/the car warmed up while it was plugged in. The Navigation is garbage. Takes about 3 minutes to load before you can even enter an address and the GPS signal is mega weak

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