In June, we took our first 30-minute drive of the 2013 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive. We quickly saw that the tiny two-seat city car was a vast improvement over Smart’s previous all-electric versions. It appeared to be the first all-electric Smart to truly measure up to life in a busy modern city. Now, at the end of a week-long drive, we’re ready to share what it’s like actually living with the two-seat plug-in on a daily basis.
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.
Smart's battery rental program has proved wildly popular in Europe. In the U.S., it will drop the Smart Electric Drive's purchase price to $20,650, before the federal tax credit.
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