Carpooling with my fiancé in our Toyota Corolla, we spotted a "Smartcar" at a stoplight. Although interesting to look at, the idea behind it is idiotic:
- It only gets 33mpg in the city. While not awful, we get similar mileage from the much larger Corolla.
- It has room for two people and almost no cargo. In comparison, the Corolla is large enough for 4 people for short trips. Indeed, we feel comfortable planning a 3,000 mile trip (with a lot of luggage) later this year.
- It is simply too small. In a crash, size matters and the SmartCar has no room for error.
- Cost – For the price of a SmartCar, one can easily purchase a very well made Honda Fit or Toyota Yaris with money to spare. Both are larger, more practical and can match it in mileage. For just a little more, you can get a nicely appointed Civic or Corolla.
Bottom Line: The SmartCar is a vanity purchase for most people and almost always a bad idea.