This past weekend I found myself talking to a few buddies about cars we loved and which cars we could simply do without. Most of the cars built today are actually quite good. Sure they may have some flaws here and there, but for the most part they’re comfortable, well built and drive ok. We conversed about every major manufacturer, but when it came time to single one company out, we almost all unanimously chose the car that you see above – the Smart Car. People, I absolutely hate this little thing. So much so that I would rather see it pushed off a cliff on fire than have it sitting in my driveway. Now I know that there are some of you that are going to chime in and say that the Smart is a great little car, that it’s economical and fits a certain lifestyle, but I am here to tell you that for the most part…. your wrong. Keep in mind also that one of the people in this conversation was a Smart car owner and he hates the flippin’ thing.
When the car came out in the U.S. a few years ago people jumped on the Smart Car bandwagon and laid down money before they had even driven these things. They figured that since they were already for sale over in Europe that they had to be good, but boy how wrong they were. First off they’re grossly underpowered, they have what’s most likely the worst transmission in all of motoring and if they get hit by anything more than a stiff fart they’re likely to blow off the road. Combine that with a terrible ride and sketchy handling characteristics and you’ve got the makings of a ride that should have never been sold on this side of the pond. Now, if you live in a city like Manhattan, never ever plan to go over 45 mph and need a car that fits anyplace, then fine… the Smart may work for you. Otherwise though if you are in the market for a small car I would HIGHLY recommend that you look elsewhere.