For 2009, the smart fortwo presents a few upgrades, including two new colors – rally red and gray metallic – plus new flexible nets are built into the doors to offer more storage and the LCD display of instrument cluster now has a Loose Gas Cap Indicator light to warn when the fuel tank cap is not fully closed. Available as a hatchback coupe or a convertible, the two-seat subcompact fortwo is the smallest production car sold in North America. It is powered by a 1.0L three-cylinder engine that produces 71 hp and 68 lb-ft of torque, through a rear-wheel drive train coupled to an automated sequential-shift manual transmission. EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings are 33 mpg city/41 mpg hwy. With the engine in the rear to increase frontal crash space, the car is built on a frame of high-strength steel known as Tridion. Side impact protection is improved by the proximity of the axles to the passenger compartment, while smart fortwo standard safety features include stability control and traction control, antilock brakes, side air bags and frontal airbags.
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