Smart Fortwo Cars Test Drive Review In New York Parking Is Ever…

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Feeling Like a Rock (May 11, 2008)

John Mantel for The New York Times

the Smart has the best fuel-economy of any nonhybrid sold in America, expect far better numbers its bite-size body.

The Smart could do for Midtown gridlock Mr. Bloomberg’s successful bans on and trans fats did for New Yorkers’ after a few miles in this two-seat tomato can, will sprint to the subway and the surface streets for good.

BMW ’s introduction of the Mini Cooper it, the Mercedes-built Smart arrives as an alternative for Americans weary of cars and overblown fuel Just under nine long, the Smart easily the 12-foot Mini as a contestant for the car sold in America.

But unlike the fabulous Mini, the Smart with room for just two warriors and a few loincloths of cargo, out to be a Trojan pony, primitive in its and no more fuel-efficient than far more practical cars.

Sizing up the Smart against a you’d expect it to get at least 50 to the gallon. The Smart design gets the basics right: it just 1,800 pounds and its engine, a 1-liter 3-cylinder plant of 70 horsepower, is the smallest in the

While the Smart has the best rating of any nonhybrid sold in you’d expect far better from its bite-size body. Its rating is just 33 miles per in town and 41 on the highway. I averaged an 33 m.p.g. over a week of

How can this be? While the Smart has power to keep pace traffic, its engine works so that it can’t conserve By my stopwatch, the car takes more 14 seconds to reach 60 miles an and it tops out at 90. The engine’s clattering was loud enough to make me a diesel under the hood. No The diesel-powered Smart that 70 m.p.g. on the European test won’t be coming here.

If the engine is mediocre, the five-speed manual transmission is an engineering You could practically squeeze a of baseball into the maddening between the release of one gear and the of the next. The Smart loses in the pause, lurching passengers and then Barcalounges backward it oozes into a higher

The Smart has been described as fun to by some reviewers, but other showing taillights to the neighborhood mowers, I don’t see it. The Smart decently but feels clumsy pushed hard. Tire is meager, the body wallows, and big bumps come crashing the suspension.

Things are no better on the highway. noise was so intrusive at 70 m.p.h. I kept thinking the windows cracked open; the engine added to the din. Ultimately, it more a contraption than a and it’s a chore to drive.

In its this tall-roof tot is extremely for the driver and a passenger, and it scores in federal crash testing. I a mid-price Passion model, starts at $14,235; a basic version starts at $12,235, and the tops the range at $17,235.

As tries to jump on the Mini’s some myths need to be First is that the Smart has a smash success in Europe. In Smart has been a small but millstone around Mercedes’s never reaching sales and posting more than $3 in losses over a decade.

The second myth flows the first: that the Smart is to show America how small should be done. But the Smart the sophisticated runabout that might expect.

Sure, the is cute, if you enjoy cars the Weebles school of design. And ridiculously easy to park. My pleasure came from the Smart into spots would have discouraged a St.

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But the Smart’s diminished size diminishing returns. From to metered spaces, American slots are sized for the biggest and S.U.V.’s. Because you can’t the lines at the mall or double up at the Smart offers no advantage

The Smart’s only edge is its to park motorcycle-style by backing or perpendicular to the curb. Oops, that: New York’s parking said that move is unless signs specifically angle parking for all cars.

Compared with suburb-dwellers, the single or family is also likely to rely on one do-it-all That means the versatility to friends, escape for a weekend and with cargo.

That’s the Smart gets really For roughly the Smart Passion’s price of $15,510, one could several pint-sized models the terrific Honda Fit or Nissan come to mind #151; are sportier, hold twice as people, up to six times the cargo and get the same mileage. (Fold the hatchback’s rear seats, and 50 cubic feet of storage, with just 7.8 cubic for the Smart).

Here’s what you be hauling in the Smart’s hatch: a full of groceries, a guitar golf bag or two medium suitcases. And the silly pickup-style tailgate you to lean against the open and reach to grab your

Smart says that people have put down $99 deposits. I have no doubt initial sales will be

But I’m also convinced that trendy twerpy ride had enjoy its welcome. After years at most, the Smart begin gathering tiny of dust in showrooms, as Americans smarter places for their dollars.


INSIDE A minnow not worth hooking.

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