Fashion = Money - 2008 Smart Fortwo Long-Term Road Test

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2008 Smart Fortwo: Fashion = Money

September 26, 2008

With the Hummer limping out into oblivion, gas prices on the rise and a global economic downturn making freak out about money, the Smart has become a hot buy for the budget conscience. Well, a hot buy here in West LA. I see them zipping up and down Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards all the time.

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Prices are commensurate with such trendy adulations. The dealership I drive past every day on my way to and from work has a lot filled with Smarts all priced at an affordable $22k. Wait, $22k?!? I thought this was supposed to be an economy car! Ours had an MSRP of $15,305 just six months ago. Supply and demand can really suck.

I drove our Smart for the first time last night and just kept thinking, "is this car worth it?" from a money and a "could I live with this" perspective. The answer was simple: No.

I'd much rather have an alternative, like the 2009 Honda Fit. Priced just over $18k, you get more power, more room, four seats and a nav system. It might not be as fuel efficient as the Smart, but our observed 30mpg is pretty darn good. If you figure there is at least a $1,400 price difference between the two here in LA and gas at an overestimated $4 a gallon, that's 350 gallons of price difference!

Driving those 350 gallons, or roughly 10k+ miles through LA traffic highways and byways, I'd much rather have the comfort, the space, the power and the nav of the Fit.

Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer

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