Great Little Car!
By Dennis Mau on
2008 smart fortwo pure 2dr Hatchback (1.0L 3cyl 5AM)
This is one of the best cars I have ever owned! I am getting 40 to 45 MPG going back and forth to work which is part city and part highway driving. On the highway I am getting 45 to 50 MPG. So the actual mileage if you drive it moderately in automatic mode is much better than the EPA estimates. The car does not feel as small as it is. Very comfortable in all types of weather. Heater and A/C work great. In fact it heats up and cools down much better than regular size cars because there isn't much space to heat and cool! Will easily run 90 MPH on the highway and very smooth and stable at that speed. Handles very good around corners also. Very agile in city traffic. Like driving a go-kart!
I like the removable plastic body panels. Tridion safety cell and all the safety features which are standard like the ABS brakes, the Stability Control, frontal and side airbags, traction control,electronic force distribution,tire pressure monitors,acceleration skid control (like positraction).
I think it would be nice to have a sport model available like the Brabus in Europe. With a stiffer suspension,bigger wheels, a turbo motor with a little more horsepower, and maybe 4 wheel disc brakes. You would sacrifice a little gas mileage but the car would really be a blast to drive with 120 HP!