• XCAPEPOD Posted: 8/6/2010 7:55pm PDT

    @PulSamsara: I guess motorcycles and scooters that are 4 or 5 times smaller and 1/4 to 1/5 of the weight of a compact car should get 200 MPG? But, they don't. Most motorcycles seem to get 35 - 50 MPG as well. A small engine moving a small car or cycle is working nearly as hard as large engine moving a larger car. Small gas engines have lower torque values as well, so they are typically geared lower which reduces highway mileage. My wife and I drive a smart and AVERAGE over 43 MPG on our 70 mile/day commute (see Fuelly.com for data), which isn't bad for a $14K commuter car. But, I would love to have the diesel variant and push 70 US MPG.

  • PulSamsara Posted: 8/5/2010 10:52pm PDT

    An I the one who's a complete idiot ? Maybe.
    I can not figure out why a car of this size does not achieve at least 50 mpg ?
    Does a tiny engine suffer so much from it's diminutive size that it can not reach just 25% more MPH than a 'big enough for a family' Honda Civic ?
    This is why I thought the Smart was incorrectly named and also why I probably wont be purchasing the iQ either. It's a shame - I would have liked it for 'bankin' around town - but not when it makes me feel like I'm being 'takin' for a sucker.'
    I expect 60mpg from a machine that requires me to give up so much 'real-estate' in return.

  • Forest Posted: 8/5/2010 10:45am PDT

    Hate my CVT on my versa. Had to be replaced at 50k. They can not be repaired, only replaced

  • Forest Posted: 8/5/2010 10:43am PDT

    The smart can hold a car seat just fine.
    http://i643.photobucket.com/albums/uu152/ForestAcademy/2010%20Smart%20car%20Nationals/th_DSCF0020-3.jpg?t=1281029930
    http://i643.photobucket.com/albums/uu152/ForestAcademy/2010%20Smart%20car%20Nationals/th_DSCF0022-3.jpg?t=1281029930

  • R2Dad Posted: 8/4/2010 8:18pm PDT

    D'oh! The CVT is an absolute deal-breaker for any male buyers. Is it really so hard to offer a stick?