You're a Winner Just For Showing Up - 2008 Smart Fortwo Long-Term Road Test

2008 smart fortwo Long-Term Road Test

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2008 Smart Fortwo: You're a Winner Just For Showing Up

September 15, 2008

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I have been going to the same car wash for 8 1/2 years (yes, I am old, and no, I don't like change). In that time, less than a dozen vehicles I've driven there have been special enough for the staff to park them out front while toweling them off. Most vehicles are banished to the side lot, which is only visible from a side street. Our 2008 Smart Fortwo is by far the slowest, least expensive car that has ever been bestowed the "out front" honor.

In other news, I continue to drive the Smart with abandon, even at the risk of upsetting freeway mates and blog participants. However, during 120 miles of driving over the weekend, the car averaged only 26 mpg, which is directly attributable to my driving habits. As seen in Edmunds' Gas Sipper Smackdown, in the right hands, the car is capable of much better numbers.

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I also decided that one reason I enjoy the car is its excellent driving position. Considering the minimal adjustments (fore/aft, recline, no tilt wheel), I can sit the way I want to in the Fortwo and I have an excellent view in all directions.

But, and yeah, there's always a but with this car, it's noteworthy that I am of very average size for an adult, so if the Smart didn't fit me, it wouldn't fit anybody. Also, given how defensively one needs to drive this car, it would be a crime if it didn't have a good driving position.

Erin Riches, Edmunds Senior Editor @ 9,333 miles

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