Should You Buy A Smart Car? Business Insider

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I Won’t Buy A Smart Car Until The Tag Hits $13,000 — Here’s Why

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I spent a week driving the Smart coupe. I loved it. I had a ton of fun zipping around Manhattan and

But I wouldn’t buy one.

Why I Loved It

been intrigued by Smart my approximately 12-year-old mind was on a trip to Paris by the first one I saw. I had never come a car like it.

That’s part of the pitch, Heiko Schmidt, Product Manager, told me: customers include people who new and interesting design (along Millennials, environmentalists, and city but more on that later).

So I was to get behind the wheel. And when I I wasn’t disappointed. The Smart is by a 1.0-liter, three cylinder which produces a measly 70 But the car is so small (its curb is just 1,600 pounds), plenty.

I picked up the car outside our Park office and jumped right Manhattan traffic. It measures 8’10 long, so rapid changes were a breeze. The car is for urban driving, but on a few short trips, I felt comfortable that I would take it for a trip).

I didn’t care there was no rear view or blind spot sensors. The is so small, you really don’t them: The visibility is great.

And Parking was a breeze. When I find a single spot in a lot, I just put the Smart in a where a larger sedan or SUV have blocked the way of other, parked, cars.

And finding a in my Brooklyn neighborhood can be tricky, but in the small stretches of curb viable spots. That’s a big especially considering how much of my I currently spend trying to the old Camry I drive on a regular

I liked driving the Smart so I didn’t even care a little girl pointed and at me.

Alex Davies / Business


Two Caveats

Two things about the car did trouble me. First, it uses an manual transmission, which the convenience of an automatic the car changes automatically coupled with the jerky shifting of a poorly manual.

One way to deal with it is to off the gas when the car starts to shift, makes things much Or you can put the Smart in manual mode and gears using the lever, or paddles mounted on the wheel. You have to take your of the gas, but you won’t have to when the gear changes kick in.

And second, while I felt on the highway, I had a rude shock I got on the Whitestone Bridge to cross Queens into the Bronx. The car shifted to the side, enough so I thought a tire had blown.

I realized: Without buildings protection, all 1,802 pounds of the car being knocked around by the It was a scary, unpleasant sensation.

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Why I Buy One

To be clear, I’m not saying I want a Smart: If I found one my apartment with a bow on it, I would be

But two very important things me: The price and the fuel economy.

The coupe starts at $12,490, but the I drove cost $19,490.

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In comparison, a 2013 Nissan a perfectly fine car with for five people starts at

The Smart I drove was comfortable, but loaded with features. The were heated, but there was no radio, a common convenience in new Fancy features are not necessary, but absence makes spending than $15,000 harder to The spec sheet notes wheels, air conditions, and power as extras.

Put another way, if going to spend $15,000 on a why not spend a few thousand more and get a sedan? Or a Fiat 500, is only three feet than the Smart, and has a back

I asked Heiko Schmidt sets the Smart car apart, and he it is really the perfect solution for Americans. As a commuter car, it the driving behavior of many buyers, who don’t have far to go and drive alone.

And it works as an extra car for drivers who own a better suited for long and want a second vehicle for trips.

I was also disappointed by the economy. For a lightweight car with a engine and only 70 horsepower, I better than 34 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the compare, the Sentra gets 30 mpg in the and 40 mph on the highway.

Smart makes an version that gets the of 122 city mpg, but it starts at bringing us back to my complaint the car’s pricing. Schmidt there are no plans at the moment to a hybrid, but the company is keeping an mind.

Alex Davies / Insider

In Conclusion

To wrap up, has made a car that is eye-catching and fun to Its sales have been especially with the marketing of Mercedes-Benz USA behind it.

Year over year climbed 92.2 percent in and the brand has logged 14 consecutive of sales increases.

But if Smart to become a common choice for buyers (like me) who care the planet (like me) and live in (like me) they need to their price tag and up their

Offer me a well-equipped Smart about 45 mpg combined, for $13,000, and in.

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