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A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Smart ForTwo EV

Smart ForTwo EV 2012

The growing number of electric options available in the market has led to many carmakers throwing their hats in the ring with their own innovations, and this couldn’t be more obvious than with the 2012 Smart ForTwo EV. Add in the fact that the improved fuel economy and minimization of the pain at the pump is combined with a car that is just fun to drive and you’ll understand how this model might change the game for the better.

Key Features

The addition of the battery pack and motor combine to provide 74 horsepower and 96 lb-ft of torque. While this might sound meager, when you consider the lightweight design, it really does make a difference compared to its predecessor. The regenerative braking system also adds even more mileage to help you get where you’re going on a single charge.

Changes for 2012

The latest changes for the 2012 Smart ForTwo EV is a new battery pack that offers speedier acceleration, improved range and an increased top speed. There are also upgrades to the grill, rear end and the addition of LED daytime running lights.

What We Like

The latest in a line of electric drive vehicles for 2012, the 2012 Smart ForTwo EV offers significant improvements over the previous option. Most notably is the fact that it can now reach speeds of 75 mph. If you’re thinking that isn’t much compared to other vehicles, you’re correct. However, it does mean that you can take your Smart car on the highway if need be – without fear of holding up traffic or being unable to merge properly.

What Concerns Us

Buyers need to be aware that comfortable driving is not the 2012 Smart ForTwo EV’s strong suit. While it handles flat city streets easily, a few potholes will make you aware that there is a significant lack of comfort. The interior also leaves a bit to be desired with its fabric-covered plastics.

Available Models

The 2012 Smart ForTwo EV features a three-phase water-cooled AC motor and a Lithium Ion battery. The combined range provides 76 city and 59 highway miles, and delivers a city/highway fuel economy of 122/93 mpg. The 74 horsepower and 96 lb-ft of torque also delivers a max speed of 78 mph and a 0-60 acceleration of 11.5 seconds.

Major Recalls

There have been no major recalls issued for the 2012 Smart ForTwo EV.

Common Issues

The only complaints available for the 2012 Smart ForTwo EV are that the ride is somewhat uncomfortable, especially when riding over rough or uneven roads.

Smart ForTwo EV 2012 Interior

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