i got the first 2008 fortwo in illinois, first tank of gas was 37mpg and it's only gotten better, last 2 tanks were 53 & 47mpg resply. 53 mpg at 55-60mph, 47 in my normal stop and go commute. i have n...
i got the first 2008 fortwo in illinois, first tank of gas was 37mpg and it's only gotten better, last 2 tanks were 53 & 47mpg resply. 53 mpg at 55-60mph, 47 in my normal stop and go commute. i have no idea what the mopes at the EPA were smoking to get 33mpg city and 40mpg highway.
it handles well on most roads, and you can take on/off ramps at 50% over posted limits comfortably (go cart comes to mind) it has a low center of gravity, the entire drivetrain, which is most of it's weight is about 1 foot off the ground, the rest of the car is plastic and glass.
on it's own, you'd think it was quiet at speed, unless you have a drive in a luxury car before or after driving the smart (i had a mercedes E class for a year before getting the smart) and drove both cars for a month before selling the E.
it's a little jerky when shifting at low speeds, more pedal pressure gives smoother accelleration, sometimes it "hunts" between first and second at slow speeds, that can be annoying, the cure is popping it into "manual" and shifting it yourself.
i can get a ton of stuff in back, easily fifteen 30-can cases of beer, luggage for two for a weeks' vacation is no problem. with what you save at the pumps, you can rent a pick-up once in a while when you need one.
driving a smart, you become an "instant star" people will stare, point, smile, give you "thumbs up", video you with their cell phones... after 4 months, it hasn't stopped! when you're parked or stopped, you will get lots of questions, be prepared!
it's safe, it feels big on the inside, looks small on the outside. my older benz felt smaller in the front seat area. drive one once, either you'll love it or not. it never lets you know you're driving a "micro-car" while inside.
it's the "future", catch the wave!