Smart Fortwo Passion Cars Test Drive Review Ready for Its Hollywood…

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Feeling Like a Rock (May 11, 2008)

Rounding on city streets, the body was pronounced, causing a friend to grab the dash.

Carol for The New York Times

In Los Angeles, city streets are as wide as autostradas, and finding a parking on the street is usually no problem.

is no great secret to the car’s the Smart Fortwo may be the cutest and unusual-looking production vehicle to in this country since BMW ’s Isetta 300 of the 1950s.

To see if the Smart was than a fashion statement the charm of its shape and colors admirers as if it were the latest from Apple #151; I the company’s better-equipped model, the for two weeks, scooting around the San Valley suburbs and across the to Venice, Santa Monica and Hills.

Starting at $14,235 ($15,475 as the Smart Passion came many features Americans come to expect: air-conditioning; steering, windows and door CD player; front fog lights; and a moon roof. For all the bells and #151; it even comes an electronic stability system cruise control was left off the Perhaps Smart’s product didn’t think many would take their for extended freeway trips.

But I The 3-cylinder 1-liter engine had no getting up to speed, joining the and cruising at 80 miles an hour, the off-peak pace of Southern freeways.

But once at speed, the engine and the car was buffeted by the wake of passing trailers, giving me pause I thought about taking one off the wheel. The experience was akin to the upper level of the George Bridge in a 1960s Volkswagen on a windy day.

Rounding on city streets, the body was pronounced, causing a friend to grab the dash. When the dreadful 5-speed automated transmission shifts awkwardly and It may be enough to make you reach for the the engine temporarily slows as the car is to upshift, jerking the driver and then back with shift. Several times, my threatened to walk home.

may bring back fond of your first pathetic to drive a manual transmission The solution #151; if you can time it #151; is to lift your off the accelerator when you think the is about to shift, something I was to pull off about 50 percent of the

The air-conditioning was strong enough to the interior even during a spate of 90-degree days. But the fan was and seemed to have a mind of its speeding up and slowing down as the kicked in.

In Europe, the Smart is a solution to narrow, congested thimble-sized parking spaces and gas prices. In Los Angeles, though, city streets are as wide as autostradas, and parking spaces are by meters and lines. Finding a on the street is usually possible, if you are driving an S.U.V. in Beverly on the weekend.

While the car is teensy on the outside, the generous headroom lets you forget that you’re in the car sold in the United States until you turn around and like Ronald Reagan ’s in “King’s Row,” “Where’s the of me?”

The interior has two supportive and seats and a small shelf them, and that’s it. A clock and a whimsically mounted like eyes on the fabric-covered dash, cute and easy to read.

The is large enough to carry one suitcase and a carry-on bag, but not else. You can increase carrying by folding the passenger seat though that requires a lever awkwardly placed the seats. My wife summed it up “This is a car for people without of a life.”

In the mileage department, the Smart failed to live up to expectations. with its tiny engine, the two of gas consumed while I had the car worked out to of only 30 and 34 miles a gallon. was less than the 36 m.p.g. rating for combined city/highway and certainly not “amazing” as Smart’s materials proclaim.

“That’s than my Honda,” a man yelled at me in a Santa Monica parking He expected the Smart to do better, and so did else I asked. In an informal of friends, relatives, people who me on the street and even the U.P.S. the consensus was that a car this should go 50 to 60 miles on each Learning that premium is recommended was an added downer.

With its limited carrying seemingly mediocre fuel erratic handling and fitful one question that potential in this part of the world be asking is, what’s the point?


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