Tooling around in a Smart car is like owning a puppy: Everyone wants to see it, touch it, and ask lots of questions. But not everyone wants to deal with the headaches. With its elevated seating position, amazing maneuverability, and comparatively microscopic dimensions, the Smart should make for an excellent city car. But the harsh ride and jet-blast noise levels will probably drive you crazy. And its 36 mpg overall isn't great compared with cars that boast more room and comfort.
This oddly named car is pitched as the perfect urban vehicle for city folks, but the overall package raises some difficult questions.
The redesigned model no longer resembles a Little Tikes Cozy Coupe. But it's still a mediocre, compromise-laden vehicle with a suspension that delivers a stiff, buckboardlike ride, and a tiny engine that hesitates from a standstill.