I remember years ago in elementary school when Smart released the original Smart ForTwo. One of my friends had do a project to do on a cool experience (or something…I don’t really remember honestly).
My classmate highlighted his experience with a family member (I’m pretty sure…) who bought a Smart ForTwo. I remember thinking how odd the car was as he spoke about it.
The Smart car has always made its (little) mark ever since.
Smart ForTwo’s are perfect city cars. Through and through, they feature everything you could possibly want from a small commuter car. Smart ForTwo’s are extremely fuel efficient, compact, easy to maneuver and just cute to look at.
More recently, I drove around in a Smart ForTwo at a dealership event close by. During my time there, I got to also drive a number of Mercedes-Benz models and the Smart was easily the most fun I had.
Long story short we drove around the city in the Smart ForTwo blasting some Metallica out of the windows. It was fun.
The car isn’t powerful (unless you get the Brabus edition) and isn’t the most thrilling car to drive, but its smiles-per-gallon rating is high.
Unlike a lot of cars out there, the Smart Fortwo pretty much begs the question when you see it: How safe is it?
At a glance the Smart ForTwo is incredibly small and doesn’t look all that safe at all.
But the Smart ForTwo is a surprising little bug.
U.S. News rates the Smart ForTwo at 8.9 out of 10 for safety. You’re probably just as surprised as I am.
To break things down a bit, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2017 Smart ForTwo a four star frontal crash rating, five star side collision, four star rollover and a four star overall rating. Pretty impressive stuff.
Since the Smart ForTwo was released, it has featured high crash test scores.
So how is this little machine so safe?
It’s mostly due to the brilliant minds who own Smart. Mercedes-Benz.
The German automaker developed something called the Tridion Safety Cell which is largely a steel cage around the occupants. It sounds crude but it works extremely well.
Even though the Smart ForTwo is very small, it features its own little crumple zones.
The rear mounted engine bay and the front suspension act as the cars safety nets for impacts, and this system works well.
There are well over 1.5 million Smart ForTwo’s on the road which definitely surprised me when I read it, but that simply means that if there was a big issue in terms of safety, I’m sure we’d see Smarts of the road sooner.
Other Safety Features:
Smart also features a number of safety technology bits for you. The added piece of mind in your micro-car is always nice.
Smart has a technology called “ESP” which stands for Electronic Stability Program. Pretty straight forward stuff here. It’s pretty clever, though.
When the system senses the car slipping on the road, it adjusts the throttle and what wheel receives the power to stop the car from breaking loose. Think of it like a collision-avoidance system…or something.
Another clever safety point for the Smart ForTwo is that the front wheel has a deformation element. This helps further reduce impact damage and keep you safe.
Smart Car Crash Test:
So onto the crash tests. Industry standard stuff.
It’s really interesting to see how this little car does in these destructive tests, so I hope you enjoy this video.