This is my second Smart, my first was a 2008 Passion. I had it for 8 years and when I traded it in it had 195,000 miles. The only parts I ever replaced were normal maintenance parts, (front brake shoes, plugs and tires. I've had my 2016 Passion for about a week and the upgrades are amazing. I little more room inside, definitely pepper, transmission shifts much more smoothly, and the electric power steering is great. The power increase with the Turbo is really noticeable. I live in southern West Virginia and I64 on my way to Beckley, WV there is a 5 mile 9% grade that most cars can not keep up to the speed limit of 70, but my Smart handles it ease; it doesn't even breath hard. Love it all the way.
I own a 2016 Prime, drive 80 miles a day to work and back, the car is fantastic. I am 6,2 250lb and I still have room inside. Little bumpy on uneven surfaces, poor fuel economy and badly designed fuel tank that prevents you from fully filling the car up. The turbo engine is awesome, 85mph on the highway with ease. I smoke all those big V8 with no problems, electric power steering is fantastic, great heated seats and great JBL sound system. Overall I am very happy with this little beast.
- for the size car it's very roomy, feels like a full size car - for the size car there's good storage space in back - cute outside look and shape - unusual and fun inside decor - although marketed as city car, it does great on the highway - very bad turbo lag however it has great acceleration - turbo lag is a danger in situations where one is depending on smooth instantaneous acceleration like merging from a stop or starting on a curve - drives at highway speed (70+) like a full size car - good power, doesn't downshift going up hill as much as big car - excellent cruise control, hardly ever shifts to maintain speed - U turns are amazing and too fun - parking is so easy, fits in very small places - insurance cost is very high, higher than any other vehicle I have including a 37' motorhome - although it appears to be a full size car from front and rear, driver must keep the small size in mind at all times - brakes are good but don't come on smoothly - constant road noise is a problem if one is irritable otherwise can be ignored or tuned out - good ride on smooth pavement but rough ride on rough road like a one ton pickup The Edmunds editor did a lousy job of summarizing the review. Here is my summary: Best Features - Maneuverability - Acceleration - Shifting - Highway driving - Cabin space - Fuel economy Worst Features - Turbo lag - Road noise - Ride on rough surfaces - Insurance cost
She drove from Al to Penn. to Fl. and back again. Never ever had trouble. I'm not saying she didn't feel a semi trailer when it passed but she felt safe comphy. The electric windshield wipers were amazing all cars need these just for safety reasons. When inside car it felt big. Husband meet her in PA and drove her black to Al. He was so impressed. She just traded it in but I'm thinking of getting one. We own a Jetta wagon and we love it but as you all know we have to trade it in. But getting another golf wagon and I think a smart!! She had it 7 yrs. she cried when she had to give it up.