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Old 08-17-2010, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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There no way I'm going buy any Smart car of any kind because it looks like a golf cart or go cart going down the road. Just to small for me.


Pictures, The Smart car may be small, but it is making headway in a Big way. While it started making round in Europe, it slowly also made its way to the US, and it seems people are really loving the compact and efficient Smart Car.

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Old 08-17-2010, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Southern NH
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The Smart car does not seem very smart. It only holds 2 people and it gets 33 city and 41 highway for a combined 36 MPG. The Honda Insight gets 40 city and 43 highway for a combined 40. The Smart Car takes premium gas and has no spare tire (you call for service). The Insight seats 4 or 5.
Drive them both for 15,000 miles per year and the SmartCar uses almost 100 more gallons of gas and costs you $237 more per year in fuel ($1243 vs. $1007). www.fueleconomy.gov
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Old 08-17-2010, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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The Smart car does not seem very smart. It only holds 2 people and it gets 33 city and 41 highway for a combined 36 MPG. The Honda Insight gets 40 city and 43 highway for a combined 40. The Smart Car takes premium gas and has no spare tire (you call for service). The Insight seats 4 or 5.
Drive them both for 15,000 miles per year and the SmartCar uses almost 100 more gallons of gas and costs you $237 more per year in fuel ($1243 vs. $1007). www.fueleconomy.gov
But... don't you want to be COOL?!!
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Old 08-17-2010, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Southern NH
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Cool? Everyone I see driving one of those things looks deathly afraid... Especially on the highway...
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Old 08-17-2010, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Pikesville, MD
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I love Smarts. Most of the time, we drive with one or maybe two people in the car, so it really makes sense. Yeah, for the US market, becaeu Mercedes knew we in the US woudl be using them on the interstes, we only got the top engine that is a gasser that takes premium (need to have high compression to have a tiny engine make enough power to drive down the interstate). Best that peopel have been getting from them is mid-upper 40s on the highway. In Europe a smaller diesel is also available that has returned upwards of 70 mpg.

One of the big draws is that they are so small, that it's easy to find parking in crowded cities. There are a LOT of times when I've been downtown and due to careless parkers, the space between cars for parallel parking would only fit a Smart car. A city filled with cars of this size would hold more cars on the street. OR the same number of cars as now would be less congested due to more space between cars. I wouldn't mind one for the commute, or to drive downtown in.
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