They weren’t kidding when they told us that we’re always learning something new. For me, it was that those tiny Smart cars on the road (as opposed to smart cars that independently react to road conditions) are manufactured by Mercedes-Benz.
That being the case, we can technically claim that the under-$20,000 Smart ForTwo Cabriolet is a Mercedes, which means our favorite German manufacturer produces the least expensive new convertible in the US.
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You don’t normally associate Mercedes-Benz with a low MSRP — even its used cars are expensive, once maintenance is taken into account. Yet, starting this fall, the least expensive convertible — hell, the only convertible starting under $20,000 — will be a German, although it won’t have the three-pointed star on the hood.
After taking a gap year to find itself, the Smart ForTwo Cabriolet is returning for the 2017 model year. With an all-new look inside and out, this diminutive runabout will rock a starting price of $18,900. That’s with a manual, though — spring for the dual-clutch gearbox, and you’re looking at $19,890, before options and tax and all that.
Its automatic canvas soft top is capable of stopping early and acting like a sunroof, or going all the way back for more of a proper top-down feeling, and you can remove the roof bars for even more airiness. Continue Reading
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