On the otherhand, you know your slightly higher monthly payment will be fixed over the next 4 or 5 years. What if gas prices double by the end of the loan - for sure the Smart would have been cheaper longterm!If they prices go much over their projection, I will merely buy the Hyundai Accent - 3 door,, which you can get for a base of around 10k. With the options I want/need (AC/stereo/windows/door-locks,etc) they sticker at $12,235. Most likely, about 32mpg. Yes,, that is not Smart mileage, but again,, if the Smart goes much above their projected prices, the difference in monthly payment will about equal the difference in gas. All in all, I hope Smart keeps their word and prices the cars as they have initially stated.
stripped down passion = pure !Bentoutofshape said:If they what over $14,500 for my passion, it'll be resold. I'm wanting a pure with wheels and a/c or a stripped down passion ( minus sun roof, stereo, paddle shift). I do expect SMART to increase their price by a good $3k before it shows up @ the dealer. If it was being sold as a chrysler, forget about getting more then 12k fully loaded.
You won't know the gas mileage until you drive one for some period of time so a comparison between Toyota, Nissan and others is questionable. I suspect the resale value of a SmartCar once in the US market will be much lower percentage wise than any of the afore mentioned autos.On the otherhand, you know your slightly higher monthly payment will be fixed over the next 4 or 5 years. What if gas prices double by the end of the loan - for sure the Smart would have been cheaper longterm!
stripped down passion = pure !
I predict the final list prices will be within $1000 of those currently listed, I don't think Smart will be able to justify anything more just because it had to be modded for US safety and emmission standards.