I hate Smart cars. Hate, hate, hate them. There are at least two that live within six blocks of me, and several more in my general neighborhood/local area. They annoy me. They look like they’d crumple under impact with most any other car on the road. They sound like they’re going really fast when they’re actually barely pushing 30 going up a hill. They look like smaller Mini Coopers minus the cool factor. They just plain annoy me.
But as city vehicles go, Smarts are pretty deadly.
The 2011 Smart Fortwo ED passion (ED = Electric Drive) weighs 2,000 pounds, emits zero in the way of tailpipe emissions, and gets 63 miles to the gallon according to the EPA, with a range of 98 miles when fully charged. That makes for a small, light, efficient and eco-friendly little two-seater, which is more or less perfect for a city car. On the other hand, ED takes more than 22 seconds to get from 0-60 (according to AutoWeek) and is slower, less efficient, and has a shorter range than Nissan’s electric car, the Leaf.
And get this: The 2011 Smart Fortwo ED Passion has a sticker price of more than $45,000. Egads! The car will be available for lease at $599/month. Leaf, on the other hand, has a sticker starting at just under $33k, and that’s before rebates and government incentives.
Hmm … Gas-powered Smart = Deadly. Electric Smart = Just plain ugly?
But maybe there’s something I don’t get. Maybe the Smart ED is the clear winner here. Maybe it’s not ugly … maybe it’s extra deadly … maybe … maybe … You tell me, are you into the Smart, or is it destined to be nothing more than roadkill at the side of an all-electric highway?