If you want a luxury car, you buy a Mercedes, but if you need good gas mileage at a low price, then you get a Smart car. As a two seater, the car is definitely not made for soccer moms or as a touring...
If you want a luxury car, you buy a Mercedes, but if you need good gas mileage at a low price, then you get a Smart car. As a two seater, the car is definitely not made for soccer moms or as a touring car, but made directly for the lone commuter and/or someone who has to run errands around town.
There are some good points and bad points of the Smart car. One, the automatic transmission is often jumpy and shifts at inappropriate times. I've tried the manual mode as most Smart car owners do, but I wish that I had added the tachometer option and completely ignore the up and down arrow that indicates when to shift. I believe that the computer will switch gears automatically in manual mode if you don't react in time, but I am unable to confirm it as of yet.
The gas mileage is wonderful! Despite the combined EPA mpg of 36, I was able to average about 44 mpg combined, but have gone as high as 54 mpg. MPG will change daily depending on the road conditions, how much electrical equipment you use, climate control usage, whether you have an open window or not, and the driver's behavior. I can easily drive 350 to 400 miles off of the 8 gallon tank. Oil and filter can be changed every 10,000 miles or once a year with a measly 3 quarts.
You can't drive aggressively in this vehicle, but you can easily pass any slow moving vehicles. These cars hate going under 60 mph. Keep in mind that people will always want to pass you while you're traveling, even if you are driving well over the speed limit (I am told the top speed is 93 mph).
When driving in the wind, the car handles very well and the heavy winds can be conquered with ease. It does not go over pot holes very well, but what car can go over some of these deep pot holes (I've known several people who have broken axles on SUVs because of deep pot holes)? Other than the pot holes, the car runs smoothly on rough roads .
The trunk area is large! So far, I have been able to fit two weeks worth of groceries and still had space leftover! If you decide to get the car, I highly recommend getting a cargo net since most items have a tendency to move around and fall behind the seats. You may be able to fit a large dog like a Labrador or a Golden Retriever in the trunk , but that would be pushing it, so if you prefer to put dogs in the trunk, you can fit one medium size dog or 3 small dogs comfortably. Just remember to put a blanket down on the trunk floor since the engine can be very uncomfortably warm.
Since I bought the base model (Pure), I did have to purchase the car without a radio and cruise control. It does have other nice features such a central locking system, alarm system, that you were not standard, but it is. So far, I am able to live without the cruise control and if I want add it later, it can as easy easy as "plug and play" (anything you add to the car be easily installed and the computer in the car will recognize it). I couldn't live without the radio, so I went to a large conglomerate store that sold radio decks and purchased one, installed it easily by just plugging it into the provided harness, speakers, and antenna (no re-wiring needed to be done).
Overall, the Smart car is easy to drive. If you are not into the extra features, but if you truly need extra features that you thought you can't live without, they can be easily upgraded when you need them.