Smart ForTwo Now Available For $139 a Month
If you’re in the market for a city-friendly small electric car that’s also at home on the freeway, the two-seat Smart ForTwo Electric Drive is about as diminutive as you can get. And now about as inexpensive as can be: it’s available to lease for $139 per month with $1,999 down.
Although it looks identical to its gasoline sibling, the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive is marginally larger, although you’d have to park it next to a gasoline Smart ForTwo to really notice. That extra length, width and height contains a sizable 17.6 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack and 35-kilowatt motor (55 kilowatt peak), enabling the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive to romp up to its electronically-limited top speed of 78 mph without a worry.
Inside, the similarity to its gasoline sibling continues, with an almost identical interior to the gasoline Smart ForTwo, with a state of charge meter and power gauge replacing the center-mounted clock and tachometer dash pods of the gasoline model.
The extra height—needed to give the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive room for its battery pack under the floor—also gives the driver a commanding view of the road ahead, increasing visibility and managing urban maneuvering with ease. Despite the extra height however, the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive has a more grounded feel than the standard gasoline Smart ForTwo, thanks to the low center of gravity from floor-mounted battery pack.
We drove the 2013 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive earlier this year, and loved its great all-round visibility, high-torque 96 pound-feet motor, and lightweight city steering.
If that makes the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive sound like your type of electric car, you’ll want to visit your local dealer and arrange a test drive, but first there are a few caveats you should note.
As Kelley Blue Book points out, the $139 lease deal is only available on the hardtop Smart ForTwo Electric Drive. Opt for the convertible model—the only real all-electric convertible on sale in the U.S. right now—and you’ll be paying a little more.
And while the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive might be the ideal car for anyone living and working in large, congested cities where parking is a major problem —think New York, Chicago or Los Angeles—the Smart ForTwo ED isn’t actually all that competitive when it comes to lease pricing. There are EV owners who have signed lease deals on the 2013 Mitsubishi i and 2013 Ford Focus EV at even lower prices, so shop around.
Unless, of course, you’re smitten with that cute two-seat German coupe, now available at a great price.
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