2008 Smart Fortwo

2008 Smart Fortwo

EPA mpg estimates: 33 city/41 highway/36 combined Base engine: 1-liter, three-cylinder Starting price: $11,590 Annual fuel cost: $1,754 The Smart car pushes the envelope in several respects, including a wealth of safety features. But the power train isn't one of them, except for the fact that the 71-hp engine is so small. Based on its appearance, many people assume the Fortwo is an electric car or a hybrid, but it actually has a small, three-cylinder gasoline engine. There's a diesel engine option in Europe that so far isn't offered in the U.S. market. The fabric-top Smart convertible gets the same mileage as the hardtop. Unfortunately, premium gas is recommended.