THE LENGTH: 8.8 FEET
THE PERSONALITY: CLASS CLOWN - WITH A HEART
If you haven't been to Europe or Canada lately, there's a chance you haven't seen a Smart Fortwo yet. Be prepared for the onslaught. The "cuter than a Volkswagen Bug" two-seaters will go on sale in the United States in 2008 and are sure to inspire enough media and chatter to make Suri Cruise jealous of all the attention.
Within minutes of driving the Smart Fortwo, I felt like I had adopted a dog and become its spokesperson, and, quite frankly, I didn't mind. It's nice to tool around in a vehicle that makes people smile. While I would normally be put off by strangers knocking on my car, asking to take pictures of me and my car (or, in this case, of my car and me) or asking questions about my car (number one question asked by guys: How much horsepower does it have?), it was hard to be annoyed in the Fortwo. (I mean, really, from the front, the headlights and grille look like a smiling face.)
I even got to experience a moment of true tiny-car euphoria. One morning, when I went to move the Fortwo before the street cleaning, a Mini Cooper owner in my neighborhood was standing Smartside, looking completely jealous. "I thought I had the smallest car in the neighborhood," he muttered.