2008 Smart ForTwo: Proving it's not all bad
September 16, 2008
Figuring that traffic wasn't going to be bad last night (Monday's are often free and easy), I opted for the Smart. Good move, because the Smart really is an excellent little city car when you're not herking and jerking around in gridlock. Like all small cars (and moreso), the Smart cuts through cars with ease and can fit through gaps like nothing else can. I once even hyphothetically dodged a stopped bus at an intersection by briefly buzzing up onto a sidewalk and through a gas station. Couldn't hypothetically do that in a Fit.
I also like that I fit comfortably in the thing. I wish the driver seat went as far back as the passenger seat does, but even without the extra inches of travel, I'm more comfortable in this itzy bitzy carlet than most other compact and subcompact cars.
Finally, I like the bins on either side of the steering column. It's a perfect place for leaving an iPod while driving, especially given the glovebox-mounted jack location that's useful when parking. It was also the perfect place to store a full-size walkie talkie during our Fuel Sipper Smackdown.
So there, it's not all bad. If they just fixed the damn brake pedal and transmission, I'd really like this little thing.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor@ 9,861 miles