• fannum avatar fannum Posted: 6/7/2011 12:40pm PDT

    I personally feel the general public will fall out of love with electrics, and NO ONE seems to admit they lose their advantages in very hot or especially cold weather. Range goes to a small fraction when batteries get cold, and a/c and heaters are energy hogs. Smart will be no different.
    Can't understand why the Euro turbo diesel is not brought in, as it gets 60+ mpg with no fuss or smell.
    Cheers, Bob

  • fannum avatar fannum Posted: 6/7/2011 12:35pm PDT

    Thanks Bengt buddy . So many reviewers focus on one negative aspect, and disregard the smart. To me, the advantage is for older people as it is THE EASIEST to enter and exit - a monster door ... yet a stellar crash protection record. Cruise control is a welcome option, and power steering optional, but you found not needed. You learn to help the highly fuel efficient auto-manual transmission shift, and it LEARNS your style. Your experience was too short. Also, it does have a trip odo. I get 40+ mpg in town, but not on Interstates. We got 12 smarts in 4 normal nose in parking spots. A great car for older folks, now living alone, especially in crowded places like NYC/SF/Philly/Boston, or as a second car.
    Cheers, Bob

  • JKD Posted: 6/7/2011 12:11pm PDT

    This car is trash - just get a 10X better/larger/safer/cheaper to operate/etc. Corolla that gets the same mileage for less.

  • TerryM Posted: 6/7/2011 11:11am PDT

    Here in Canada we had the 2005 & 2006 Mark I Diesel version that got over 60 MPG & it sold like hotcakes. It was not as good a drive as the 2011.We now only get the gas version you Yanks & sales are dead in the water like yours.If the Diesel Came back I am sure it would be popular but it did not meet U.S.Emissions.