Moving Paddle Shifters - 2008 Smart Fortwo Long-Term Road Test

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2008 Smart Fortwo: Moving Paddle Shifters

February 11, 2009

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Some cars have this, too, but I'm not crazy about paddle shifters that move with the steering wheel, like they do in our 2008 Smart Fortwo. If I want to downshift/upshift at a turn, since my hands always go back to 10 and 2, I'm inevitably eyeballing or feeling around the wheel for the paddle shifters. Not good. I've since given up shifting with them at turns and just use the gearshifter.

I prefer paddle shifters fixed to the steering column because I don't have to search around for them and wait for them to come to me. Fixed, I know where they'll be every time. Not faulting the car, just letting you know that's how it is with the Smart. The R8 has traveling paddle shifters, too.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 13,807 miles

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