The Handless Manual Upshift - 2008 Smart Fortwo Long-Term Road Test

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2008 Smart Fortwo: The Handless Manual Upshift

December 01, 2008

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During our long weekend I found out something interesting about our lil' 2008 Smart Fortwo: Even in manual mode it still upshifts on its own. I was jumping on the freeway, which was unusually empty due to most Angelenos being out of town for the holiday, and had the car in manual mode so that I could have more oomph to merge when I noticed this. When the car hit its limit loudly in 1st gear it automatically went to 2nd before I could flick the paddle shifter. I checked to make sure the gearshift was in fact moved over in the manual mode and it was.

Funny enough, "shifting" this way is a lot smoother than when you do it yourself or when you have it in automatic mode.

BTW, I also noticed while on the freeway that there aren't any other Smarts out there. I see Fortwos out and about on the city streets but have yet to see another one on the freeway. This leads me to wonder if Smart drivers are purposely avoiding the highways.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 11,495 miles

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