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Old 12-29-2009, 01:50 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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Old 12-29-2009, 05:28 AM
 
Location: California
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LOL...thanks for the early morning giggle!
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Old 12-29-2009, 07:22 AM
 
Location: United States
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but it does make you very resourceful!
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Old 12-30-2009, 04:53 AM
 
Location: alive in the superunknown
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I don't know exact figures, but for the space/storage, and safety you sacrifice, they don't get as good mpg as you would expect.
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Old 12-30-2009, 05:31 AM
 
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I don't know exact figures, but for the space/storage, and safety you sacrifice, they don't get as good mpg as you would expect.
I think you can actually get pretty similar mileage in a Civic, which is a "real car."
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Old 12-30-2009, 06:50 AM
 
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We had about six inches of snow and I had to think about how even a little snow would keep these cars off the road. They are light and underpowered and have low ground clearance. I see two in my area almost weekly and always have a good laugh when I see the ladies driving them.
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Old 12-30-2009, 08:19 AM
 
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I can fit 4 adults (somewhat comfortably) in mine, and still get 48-50mpg @70-75mph... if the Smart doesn't get anywhere near that ...it isn't so smart.
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Old 12-30-2009, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Mississippi
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There were a couple Smart cars on display at the mall over the Christmas holiday, and the mpg rating was 37. It's only a 2 seater. At over $19,000 I just can't see where it's worth the money when you can get a Hyundai Elantra 4 door that gets 35 mpg for $14,000 or your choice of several other cars at this price and mpg range.
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Old 12-30-2009, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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they new chevy cobalt XFE get just 3 mpg less seats 4 people and has a trunk
The main benefit of the Cobalt XFE is derived from its engine. The recent Cobalt sold at the market has an improved fuel rating of 9%. This enables the vehicle to provide an m.p.g of 26 for city driving conditions and 36 for highway driving conditions and a MSRP: Starting at $14,990 and it looks alot beeter than the smart IMO
http://cobaltxfe.com/images/cobalt_xfe.jpg (broken link)
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Old 12-30-2009, 03:13 PM
 
Location: San Bruno, CA
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As ugly as they are, these cars make a great deal of sense in dense cities like San Francisco. I was driving around for 15+ minutes trying to find parking in lower downtown SF some time back and saw one of these smart cars fill a tiny parallel parking spot by parking perpendicular to the curb. The short length still made it a good fit and the car wasn't sticking out any more than a parallel parked truck or SUV. I'd kill to have a small car like that just for city driving.
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