Smart Fortwo Review

22 Sep 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Smart Fortwo Review

Smart Fortwo

Review

Have you ever misjudged someone or something because of something you read or heard? If you are anything like me you have. The most recent thing that made me eat my un-tasty words was my opinion on the micro size Smart Fortwo car.

My wife Karla has been wanting one and wouldn#8217;t quit saying how cute they are and how they make her smile whenever she saw one. I, being the car guru that I#8217;m suppose to be, read several poor reviews which I know now, were just someone#8217;s opinion and I believed them as if they were the gospel truth. They pretty much had all bad to say about the Smart Fortwo except they had a surprisingly good crash rating for such a tiny car and they are easy to park.

Since they are rare around here I didn#8217;t know anything about them except what I read or heard from others who really didn#8217;t know. So I have been telling her for the last two years that they are junk. Last Christmas I found a really good deal on ebay on a 2012 Smart Fortwo and I finally gave in and bought it for Karla. I rented a new Honda Civic to drive down to Texas to pickup the micro car with my sister Connie and to visit our brother and his family while we were there.

I totally expected to turn in the Civic at Hertz and get in the Smart Fortwo for a miserable, uncomfortable and slow 700 mile trip home. Wow! was I ever surprised.

When I first drove off in the Smart  Fortwo I thought something was wrong with the transmission it shifts like no other car I have ever driven, but once you understand it I think it#8217;s really cool and fun. You feel like you are a passenger in a manual transmission car because it shifts itself like an automatic, but feels like a manual. They call it an automated manual transmission. We were both surprised by the amount of interior room and the seat comfort which was better than the Civic.

The doors are huge. It#8217;s like opening the whole side of the car up which makes it really easy to get in and out. The roof is see through with a shade that pulls shut. The more I drove it the more I liked it! By the time I got home I knew I was going to have to sell something and get one for me too.

Call me crazy but this is one of the most fun cars I have ever driven. And believe me I have driven thousands of cars and owned several hundred over the years. I really look forward to driving this little car!!

The magazine reviews complained about lack of power#8230;really? It has no problem keeping up with 80+ mph traffic or even passing them. Don#8217;t tell anyone but I found out it is capable of 95mph. It#8217;s not a rocket, but it can hold its own surprisingly well.

It is affected by strong gusts of wind, but it isn#8217;t a big deal since the steering is quick and tight you really don#8217;t have to fight the wheel to keep it on the road.

The fuel economy is pretty darn good too. I got 41.1 mpg driving mixed city and highway somewhat conservatively. (That#8217;s better than my motorcycle) I think if driven conservatively I think it would do 45 mpg. And the car is not a complicated, expensive hybrid.

It has lots of safety features. It has a little gas 3 cylinder 1 liter motor in the rear and  it#8217;s rear wheel drive like an old VW bug so it goes good in snow and its really quiet because the noise maker (engine) is behind you. Unlike the old VW bug this car has an awesome heater and A/C. It has a go-cart like feel#8230;maybe that#8217;s what makes it so fun. (I had a go-cart when I was a kid that was one of my favorite toys)

Having just two seats I know they don#8217;t work for everyone, but how many times do we drive alone or with just one passenger? If you are like me, it#8217;s most of the time. I will save the cost of the car in fuel since my Jeep gets around 17 mpg on a good day. I can park two Smart Fortwo in one garage space they are only 10#8243; longer than a sheet of plywood.

Before you think I have lost my marbles you might want to drive one and see for yourself.

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