Anyway, who's going to be parallel parking? I'll be pulling in perpendicular to the curb.None of the road tour cars is equipped with power steering, and it doesn't seem to be necessary. Power steering is most useful when parallel parking, anyway, and how difficult is it going to be to find a parking space the Smart can squeeze into?
Same impression here.The power steering offered on the smart is electric, so it's very efficient compared with traditional hydraulic pump systems. However, I can't see it being necessary at all unless, perhaps, you plan on adding aftermarket wider rims and tires.
The street smart cars I drove didn't have power steering, and definitely didn't need it IMO.
I'm actually glad I'm not one of the annointed 300. This way I can get some get some feedback on and maybe even a test drive in actual US models before I have to make an option selection.any one know when we can expect some magazine reviews fo the US spec cars? Also since the 08's are shipping in europe I wonder if we can get feedback from other markets about the power steering. This is the tough part about ordering a car with limited information.
I did find this reference in Edmunds' first drive piece:I felt the same as the others when I drove the demo but I have read some British car magazines that say the power steering reduces the amount of turns lock to lock making the car more plesant to drive- in fact they thought it was pretty essential for responsiveness. So I'm not sure myself.