I drove the Smart ForTwo ED today and, as much as I've always wanted to like these little cars, it was an equally disappointing experience to the one I had with the ICE version I tested several years ago. But instead of just the small niggle I had with the transmission of the latter, this car's major disappointment was complete and utter lackluster performance. It could barely keep up with the LEAF I was following, making me push the go-pedal into the mat with pretty much every traffic signal departure in an effort to keep up (and I don't think the LEAF driver was even trying). No, kiddies, this is one to stay away from unless you really do want a glorified NEV.
BTW, I know that these are supposed to be lease only, but it came with a window sticker indicating a $45k purchase price on the model I drove, making the LEAF look like a real bargain when you compare them side-by-side.
So I know this mini-review is not going to endear me to the folks from Smart very much, but I gotta tell it like it is. FWIW, I haven't hated everything they've brought to market - I thought the Smart ForFour was a pretty good little hatchback (though not massively attractive)!