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After years of driving my 2012 Smart car I have wanted a truck for my business for several years. I recently sold my RV and purchased a new 2019 F350 Platinum truck and love it. After driving the truck for less than a month, I realized how much I love driving my Smart car. It's small and I can almost do a U-turn in a driveway. My Smart car doesn't have all the luxuries that my F350, but it is so easy to drive. I don't have to park out in the empty part of the parking lot because I'm worried someone will ding my Aluminum truck. The truck is big and I have to be careful since it sits up so high.

Anyhow, I'm now considering leasing one of the new 2019 Electric Smart cars. I'll keep my 2012 and drive it occasionally, but I like the 2019 Smart car design.

I'm curious, how does the Electric Smart car drive compared to the gas Smart car?

BTW, my truck will be used for long trips and hauling, my Smart car will be for around town driving.
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Well.... going from gas to electric.... acceleration will be a bit better, won't have to go to gas stations with it anymore, but has pretty limited range.

Going from a 2012 451 ForTwo to a 2019 453 ForTwo... overall ride quality is MUCH better. My wife has told me she feels like my 2016 (also a 453) ForTwo has a smoother ride than her 2014 Chevy Spark. Granted, they're both rather small cars, so not the BEST comparison.... but the ForTwo is still a good clip smaller than the Spark, which is saying something.
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2020 end of the line............

Just keep in mind that all smart sales in the USA ends in 2020. Stealership on-hand inventories are very low................
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"I'm curious, how does the Electric Smart car drive compared to the gas Smart car?"


I currently have a 2018 453 EQ. This is my 5th smart in my family. There is absolutely nothing to complain about. It flat smokes down the road. I own the 1st 500ft from the signal (other then a Tesla S). Ride is great compared to my 2015 Brabus 451. Because the EQ is heavier then the gas version, it is more stable at speed.


Get the sport package with the 16" wheels and tires. They handle the extra weight of the EQ just fine, no rolling the edge of the tires. If you need range, drive it like an electric...


Put it in ECO mode (regenerates more), light on the gas, coast into corners and coming up to stop signs and signals. And never go above 25% energy use on the gauge. Even in 100* heat, I can pull 80-85 range driving this way...


Plus it has power steering, Bluetooth, fog lights, cruise control, cross wind assist and an alarm system. All standard. Better hurry, it's getting thin on inventory out there!
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Just keep in mind that all smart sales in the USA ends in 2020. Stealership on-hand inventories are very low................
Until you posted this, I wasn't aware of this. That's too bad.
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Until you posted this, I wasn't aware of this. That's too bad.
All U.S. smart sales have already ended this model year.
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WOW! Didn't even make it through the 2019 model year! Glad I snagged my 2018 453 EQ when I did...
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I test drove an electric 453 last year and it was a cool, capable little machine. Acceleration is great off-the-line and handling felt rather refined. I'm thinking the smooth power imparted that sense of refinement. Quiet too. But since new car sales are going away in North America, I have a sense these things will become collector cars one day. I've always likened them to modern versions of BMW's quirky Isetta. So here's your chance to get a newish Isetta!

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I ended up buying a used 2017 Smart Electric Prime with Infocenter for $12,400.
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