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smart car seems less smart

Mr. F and I took our test drives of the smart car this weekend.

Love it.
Hate it.

Yes, the U.S. version is even more protective of its inhabitants than its predecessors.
It has great steering and the wheel system is wonderful ... avoid potholes quickly, easily, plus, drive well in snow.

The downside:

It only gets 35 mpgs. city/40 mpgs. highway. Better than most U.S. cars? Yes. But not great considering what was written about it originally in October 2003's issue of WIRED magazine. Looking at 55 to 60 mpgs. And that's the roadster model, which would have less mpgs. than the pure, coupe and cabriolet now sold in the U.S.

It seems so watered down ... which I knew before we test drove one. It's better than nothing, I guess.

I want to love it, but the lack of mpgs. gets in the way.
Plus, they tell us we need to use premium gas.

A little help for the environment.
More change outta yer pocket.

I wonder what I could get for the same price? $13,590 (Excludes tax, license, registration, destination charge and options.)


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Jan. 28th, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC)
the cuprit?
US regulations.

what mpg do they get in Europe? Can you find that number?
Jan. 29th, 2008 03:54 am (UTC)
Re: the cuprit?
U.S. regs. Exactly.

That's the biggest problem to progress.

I tried looking for mpgs for European model about a month ago, but they are in km's not miles. At the time I didn't feel like converting.

But that Wired magazine article speaks of the roadster model (European) getting at least 55 mpg (converted figure) and the roadster would get less than the coupe and base models for sure.
Jan. 28th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
Aw, that's disappointing.

JFen and I were looking at Michigan maps the other night. I keep scheming hilarious meetings between you and his relatives. Just had to confess that. ;)
Jan. 29th, 2008 03:55 am (UTC)
This could be fun!

Let us know when you're heading this way. :)
Jan. 29th, 2008 08:54 am (UTC)
Roadster model
You won't be getting the 'roadster' model in the USA, it is no longer manufactured. Perhaps you meant 'coupe'?

Here's what Smart Roadsters look like:


Jan. 30th, 2008 01:17 am (UTC)
Re: Roadster model
Hi, I may not have been clear in my words above, but I really did mean Smart Roadster.

In the Wired magazine article, the Roadster was noted to get at least 55 mpg. This article is referring to the European models. Though we in the U.S. would hope that what the European models have would be the same or the minimum standard for future models, like those being shipped to the U.S.

That was my own dream/fantasy/hope/desire.

To me, the Roadster would be more likely to get less mpgs than the coupe. Thus, the European model of the coupe probably gets more than 55-60 mpgs. It is sad that the U.S. coupe only gets 36 mpgs city/40 mpgs highway.
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