2008 smart fortwo Long-Term Road Test


2008 Smart Fortwo Passion: Yabba Dabba Do!

June 13, 2008

Flintstones car

Driving home in the Smart Fortwo last night, I noticed there are three distinct kinds of Smart spectators on the road.

1. Over Interested - This crowd was way too happy to see the Smart and kept either driving next to me smiling and waving as if they just spotted some kind of cartoon character come to life, or kept slightly behind in my blind spot with camera phones out. I'd much rather they paid attention to the road instead of me... One woman cut me off by making a left turn in front of me while talking on a cell phone, then noticed the Smart and almost came to a full stop in front of me in the intersection. Not cool.

2. Blissfully Unaware - These people just wanted to get home from work and weren't paying any attention to who was around them or what they were driving. Love those people.

3. Full of Anger - These people see the Smart, assume that it is slow, and that the traffic jam we're in is its fault. They tailgate and honk and assume that if only the Smart were out of their way, they could get home in record time. Never mind that the 405 freeway sucks every day and has nothing to do with the Smart which is perfectly capable of keeping up with the flow of traffic. Haters.

All in all, I'd rather not have the attention this little car attracts.

When I finally got home, I was suddenly much more interesting to my neighbors and every little girl on the street.

As I climbed out of the Smart, I felt like I was hatching out of an egg. Later that night, a friend said it looked like I was driving a football helmet. Another said it reminded him of the Flintstone's car.

Well, it wasn't as bad an experience as I expected it to be. But I'm sure glad I've been assigned the Mercedes C300 for the weekend.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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