Little Big Car - 2008 Smart Fortwo Long-Term Road Test

2008 smart fortwo Long-Term Road Test

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2008 Smart Fortwo: Little Big Car

February 18, 2009


Something to appreciate about our 2008 Smart Fortwo: Even though it's a teeny-tiny car, it's still pretty tall. Driving it I've found myself riding higher than most other compact cars and even at nearly the same level as some crossovers. OK maybe that last part is just my imagination.

In any case, the Smart's unlikely height is why I don't get as intimidated by most cars as I am when I'm in my daily driver, a Corolla. In the Corolla, I fall below most people's line of sight and therefore it feels kinda scary. Can they see me? In the Smart, I can actually see over traffic a bit better on rush-hour crowded freeways.

Just for the heck of it, I thought I'd compare the height of our Smart to some of the other cars in our fleet.

Out of the following long-termers, which do you think is taller than the Smart (60.7 inches tall)?

2009 Audi A4 Avant?

2008 Ford Focus?

2009 Honda Fit?

2009 Mazda 6 i?

2008 Subaru Impreza WRX?

2009 Suzuki SX4?

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI?

The answer after the jump.

Only the Suzuki is the tallest at 60.8 inches. Did you guess right?

The others:

2009 Honda Fit -- 60 inches

2008 Ford Focus -- 58.6 inches

2008 Subaru Impreza WRX -- 58.1 inches

2009 Mazda 6 i -- 57.9 inches

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI -- 57.4 inches

2009 Audi A4 Avant -- 56.5 inches

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 13,831 miles

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