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Great little car!!!
By frugaldave1298 on
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2012 smart fortwo passion coupe 2dr Hatchback (1.0L 3cyl 5AM)
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Got this as a commuter car for my wife's 13 mile commute. Only 400 miles so far, but last 2 fill ups have netted 43mpg (mostly hwy) and 39 (50/50). The good thing about these mpg numbers coming from someone who has had both a 2001 Honda INsight and 2007 Civic Hybrid...is that you DON'T have to try to get good mpg in this car. It just happens =) We have the Passion coupe with the wide wheels. Really though, this is a great 2nd car. You can drive it when you need to to save on gas and easier parking...and save your larger car for use only when needed. It makes perfect sense. Yeah, the transmission is a little funky, but you're used to it in no time, never feel underpowered, etc.
Favorite Features
The interior layout with the panoramic sunroof makes it very pleasant. Like the Aux jack AND the USB port. Can control the music from my wireless phone using the stereo control buttons keeping me out of trouble with the police! Easy to get in and out of. We got the manual steering which is standard...at first you're taken back a bit by the extra effort required at the steering wheel driving under 3pmh or so, but get used to it rapidly. LIke the fold flat front seat and hatch glass if loading in larger items like a surfboard, etc. This car is seriously more versatile than wou'd think. Also digging the tailgate for just relaxing on on a nice day. Holds 220lbs which is plenty for me
Suggested Improvements
Maybe a proper manual transmission, but I don't really mind. Also, a slightly lower profile might be nice for improved aero...but that would be for future models. We leased ours, so maybe something better will be out in 3 years. But we love our SMART already. I guess it would be nice if the seats reclined just a bit further.
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By catawalks
on 11/12/13 21:00 PM (PST)

"The good thing about these mpg numbers coming from someone who has had both a 2001 Honda INsight and 2007 Civic Hybrid...is that you DON'T have to try to get good mpg in this car. It just happens =)" I don't understand this. I have a 2005 Insight, same as the 2001, with a 5 speed manual, and if I try to get bad gas mileage numbers I still end up with better than 43. The first tank or two of owning the car I drove around in 3rd gear all the time. I thought it kept the RPMs low enough for decent MPG but high enough for quick acceleration...I got 49MPG average over those couple of fill ups. Trying to get good gas mileage I get 80+MPG. Hell, I drove out to Kansas from NY across the Adirondack Mountains doing 70+MPH and I still got almost 60MPG. Also, normal driving of a 2008 Civic 4 door 60/40 highway/city yields about 40MPG. More space, proper manual gear box, 4 doors and several thousand dollars less? The Civic sounds appealing. 12/17/2009 461.90Mi 9.230Gallons $27.68 50.0MPG 12/31/2009 433.80Mi 9.116Gallons $25.88 47.6MPG

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