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Smart Car - June 17, 2008, 09:00 AM

So, I've been asking my clients lately what they're doing to save money in this economy and high gas prices inevitably come up in every conversation. (Feel free to share what you're doing too, please). We eventually start talking about the Smart Car and most of my clients don't know what it is, have never seen one or heard of it. So, I tell them about it and when they ask me what how many mpg it gets, I usually guess 50. So in an effort to find the real answer, and price range, I keep coming across sites that announce it's production from 2004 and 2006, but does anyone know how much it retails for in 2008 and really what it's true mpg range is?

btw, did you know there was a Smart Car forum? http://www.smartcarofamerica.com/forums/



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F those things...


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June 17, 2008, 09:08 AM

a very good friend of mine is the GM for smart @ HBL.

he has had people get up to 55mpg hwy, and 45 city.

he has one also that he is demo-ing. and he usually gets about 45 hwy and 40 city.

not bad, and its actually really roomie inside..

this car definately gets better mpg than my bike.


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Smart cars are good for those with strict parking constraints. Otherwise, they aren't. THey require premium gas. A Yaris hatchback is a better (and vastly more roomy) alternative.


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Smart cars are good for those with strict parking constraints. Otherwise, they aren't. THey require premium gas. A Yaris hatchback is a better (and vastly more roomy) alternative.
they require premium gas? I definitely didn't know that.

Did you see the news story this week that Adrian Fenty got one? I thought, wow, slow news day.

I did find out, in my short research, that a Yaris gets 37 mpg, and my bike gets about 35, for about the same price, that made me feel good at least.


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June 17, 2008, 09:26 AM

I'm averaging 32 to 35 city and 40 to 42 highway in my mini...yet it does 0-60 in 6.2 and has a 13 gallon tank which I'm averaging about 530 miles to a tank (premium) Mine is the 6-speed auto (I bought an auto because it's the fastest MINI you can buy...even faster than the JCW )

The Smart I believe start at 11K and you have to wait a year, basically you build it and they get it to you between 6 months to a year.

Gas mileage, I believe 32 to 40 city and around 45 highway. 70hp and 0-60 in *cough 12 seconds!

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My mom has an 07 Yaris hatch. I drove it in mixed traffic for 130 miles and it used just over 3 gallons. It's quiet, comfortable enough, seems pretty well put together for a car that was less than 14k.
I'm not certain, but the Yaris 0-60 seems quicker than 13 seconds (the smart car's stat)
I mean, who cares if it's 12 seconds or 14 seconds really. heh


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The Smart I believe start at 11K and you have to wait a year, basically you build it and they get it to you between 6 months to a year.
That's odd - the SMART car dealership by my house has at least 3 dozen SMART cars sitting out in the lot everytime I pass by there.....


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is it me or is there no crumple zone on the smart? I feel if a bunny sat up in the middle of the road and put its paws out to stop the car, the car would be destroyed...even if it was a solid steel frame that isn't any better..
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June 17, 2008, 09:58 AM

Geo Metro is the real smart car.

'Smart Cars' are not only expensive, but also inpractical for the US market. They are really meant only for urban areas, and there really aren't that many purely urban areas in the US... These cars may work for NYC, Boston, and Chicago where people actually spend 95% of the time in an urban setting. But in other cities like DC, there's a lot of things going on in the burbs and people don't just stay in the small urban enclave that is DC.
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June 17, 2008, 10:41 AM

It wears expensive wheels/tires too. The yaris is probably better for total cost of ownership. No car, or even a bike, will save you enough in gas to warrant getting a new one. But if you needed a new one anyway, the Yaris probably the way to go. I really like the mini, but it's so much more expensive. It's also got the expensive tires.

The chevy cobalt is super cheap and they have that $2.99 gas deal. It might get it done but I bet the resale value is also lower.
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