2008 smart fortwo Long-Term Road Test


2008 Smart Fortwo: Passion at the Laundromat

July 11, 2008

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Things were looking up as I drove our 2008 Smart Fortwo to the laundromat: I got a longing look from a guy in a yellow Pontiac Aztek. It was a first-year Aztek, black cladding and all, so he's hard-core.

On a more practical note, the Smart's clamshell-type hatch makes it easy to slide a laundry basket in and out.

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As with perhaps too many things on this little car, though, the hatch has one major design flaw that's guaranteed to drive you crazy if you own the car.

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There are two release latches for the tailgate, one on the left side and one on the right side. If you had both hands free, you could press them simultaneously and open the gate in one motion. But what are the chances you'll have both hands free while unloading stuff at the laundromat? Zero.

Why Smart couldn't just put a single exterior latch above the rear license plate is beyond me.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor

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