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Fuel Efficient Two Seat Cars

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Smart cars make city driving easy!

Smart cars make city driving easy!

In this crummy economy, people are looking for fuel efficient hybrids, alternative energy vehicles, and smaller cars. One of the vehicles you’re likely seeing more of on the streets are those two-seat Smart cars. Officially called the Smart Fortwo, these tiny cars are fun commuters and perfect for squeezing into tight city parking spots. Smart Automobile is owned by Daimler AG who also own Mercedes Benz and Chrysler. Let’s take a look at the fuel efficiency of their Cabriolet and all-electric models.

The 2013 Smart Fortwo Cabriolet

The benefit of a small car is it only needs a small engine to propel it. The Cabriolet comes with a 1.0L three-cylinder engine capable of 70 hp and 68 lb-ft of torque. You’re not going to go racing in one of these—its top speed is 90 mph—but it’s enough to get you to work every day or navigate around an urban environment. It does take 14.1 seconds to get up to 60 mph, but most drivers aren’t going to choose this if they do a lot of highway driving anyway.

In terms of fuel economy, these vehicles get 34 mpg city and 38 mpg highway, which is going to really help with a commute. The Smart Fortwo has an 8.7 gallon fuel tank and takes premium fuel.

The 2013 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive Coupe

If you’re only planning on driving a Smart car around the city or to work—it’s not like you would be taking a road trip in one of these—then it might make sense to go electric. Electricity costs only about $0.96 for every 25 miles; in comparison, that’s $2.66 with premium gasoline.

The Smart Electric Coupe comes with a 55 kilowatt electric motor that’s powered by a lithium-ion battery. The engine produces 47 hp and 96 lb-ft torque and has a “burst mode” that can get it to 70 hp. It can actually reach 60 mph in less time than the gas version, 11.5 seconds, but can only go up to 78 mph.

In terms of fuel economy, the vehicle is rated at 122 mpg city and 93 mpg highway with its electric motor. On a full charge, it will go 68 miles, which is plenty for commuters and city crawlers.