John Prentice is a photographer for our television show and has a passion for cars! He noticed a substantial lack of "car geek content" on our site and decided to do something about it. So every now and then he will share his Diaries of a Car Geek...share with the auto-nerds in your life!
I was walking past Westlake Center with my fiancé this past weekend and noticed a line of colorful toy-like cars parked along the curb with their radiator grilles just smiling happily at us. Before I could take a closer look, a salesman from Smart appeared.
“Hello, would you like to take a test drive?” Um - have you met me? How could I resist?
The 2017 fortwo features a turbocharged three-cylinder engine putting out 89 horsepower (a 75 hp electric motor is also available) and though that isn’t going to win any stop-light drag races, it is enough power to move the 2000 pound econobox out of its own way. And, what the fortwo lacks in raw horsepower it makes up for with maneuverability. Thanks to a best-in-class turning radius and minuscule wheelbase, this thing cuts through downtown gridlock like a hot knife through butter and parking is a breeze.
And for a tiny car, it doesn’t feel small on the inside, my chaperone from Smart was over six feet tall and he had plenty of headroom. The interior is simple but stylish, and you can even get color schemes to suit any palette, from sophisticated black leather to psychedelic two-tone options.