My initial misgivings were unfounded (might not be perky enough for comfortable interstate highway speeds, not high enough for practical sight-lines--both completely unfounded). It's cute and very economical to operate and because it's pretty much entirely white and shaped as it is, it resembles an enormous Storm Trooper's Helmet.
Despite its small size, its VERY roomy inside. I'm 6' tall, 300lbs and have plenty of space. The 3 cylinder engine is in the rear, and still has plenty of cargo space for groceries, or anything. I've hauled 4 bags of 80lb concrete no problems. Even a full grocery shopping. One thing that people don't realize is that all smart cars use a MANUAL transmission, that automaticly shifts. So there is a delay when the car shifts. You also must wait a second when you go from reverse to drive, as it has to actually shift itself over. Its a bit odd at first, but you get used to it. I've taken many trips out of state with it and it handles wonderfully, even at 90 (its speed limited to 90). Its also pretty peppey for having such a small motor
Fun little car to drive! If you think it is unsafe, you are wrong. IT IS QUITE SAFE. You basically are sitting in a steel cage. Great gas mileage, and believe it or not, good cargo space. When in the car, you do not even realize how small it is. It feels as though you are in a normal size car, that is, until you reach you arm around and touch the back window! Allow extra time and space when changing lanes or pulling into traffic since with only 3 cylinders it can be slower to accelerate. Also allow time and space with lane changes for fellow drivers to "see" you. Be aware that there is the dual drive, and it is easy to "slip" over to the manual when moving gear shift to drive. If it revs too much, put in "N" and stay on right to "D"
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Published on Friday, November 18, 2016
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