Not sure why we're even having this discussion. We're all smart owners and (mostly) enthusiasts. A smart is a smart is a smart IMHO - we're all in this together (or so I thought...) :wink:
Well, you certainly thought of a fun way to make friends on here.I felt that the Smart car was an abomination for being so small and not getting better gas mileage. Anyplace other than the city, they look like a fish out of water. I would have never imagined myself driving one of these.
My question for others, what;s your opinion of the ICE Smart? Do you consider them family or more like a step brother you never see?
Personally, I'm not a fan of the ICE Smart. I feel this size car was meant to be electric.
Uhm, for many people, this is the exact reason why the ICE is better than the ED.Just because the gas smart can be driven across country doesn't make it better than the ED.
Still disagree. The handling in the gas smarts is better because there are 400+ extra pounds at the floor in the EV. The EV car's ability to change direction quickly is somewhat slower than the gas version. The extra weight of the EV is also hard on the shocks when the car hits heavy bumps and causes the suspension more difficulty settling the jostling of the car down. The smart EV can still be tossed around better than most any other car though, but the gas does a quicker and more composed job doing it overall IMO. And of course it can be driven distances.Just because the gas smart can be driven across country doesn't make it better than the ED. The ED is better than the gas smart in every way except for range. Smart finally backtracked and put out what they wanted to put out in the very beginning. The ED is the best smart yet.
I definitely do not need to drive across country, heck the most miles i've driven myself in one day is only around 50, and i certainly wouldn't take a smart across country as i would need more than 2 seats and more cargo room.
I get those all the time. I just whip out my 6 or so years worth of research and give them a little lesson.I think it's a very common first impression people have and I don't ever feel defensive about it because I was there myself. My CA neighbors both made chiding comments already like, "do you feel safe in that thing?" and "you paid money for that?".
I offer free test drives to anyone that asks - so far nobody has taken me up on one.
It is incredibly quiet and the seating position has a more commanding view of the road than a typical sedan.
I have definitely noticed this! I'm higher eye level than most sedans, that's a very good design on Smart's part. Also love how the passenger seat is staggered slightly, it makes for a very large passenger seat. My wife like's to stretch out and put her feet on the dash and she can do that easily in this car.Here's something that'll make you laugh. Next time you pull up to cars at a red light, look at the car directly next to you. You'll notice that most of the time (unless you're next to a crossover or larger) that you actually sit up a bit higher in your smart than they do in their cars!
Unlike most cars, my smart can pretty easily avoid potholes even on small city streets.For long distance, i get rental car, that only happens few times per year.
The biggest problem with smart is its ride, it has the worst ride ever on broken pavement & bad roads of urban center. So much for idea of city car, it cannot handle typical bad city roads. But if you live in nice suburb, you will never notice how bad the ride is. I got little better used to the ride now, when I first got the smart, i was getting little motion sickness!
One last saving grace, has anyone else take smart ED to twisty mountain road? OMG, it handles amazing, it eats tight winding road like nothing. all that torque and silence makes driving canyon roads a joy! Best handling car for the tight twisty stuff, Better than any bmw s2000 any sport cars.
LOL, there is a proverb about that "The man who only has a hammer in his tool box treats everything like it is a nail..."How many of you when you open your tool box, find only one tool? I thought so......different tools for different tasks. Based on what I have read here, I must now think my screwdriver is in someway better than my open end wrench..........
Perhaps. But the EV's extra ~400+ pounds takes its toll on the springs and shocks and how the car handles road imperfections and body rebounding. The car still does extremely well, but it's not as quick during sudden maneuvers as the gas. It might corner a little better, but it doesn't shift left-right as quickly which I view as a positive (for the gas version).And after driving both, I think the EV does handle better, not because it is heavier but because of WHERE it is heavier. Due to the location of the batteries, it has a low-and-very-middle-of-the-car center of gravity. Extremely low!
Low COG makes all the difference in the world when it comes to handling.
Perhaps. But the EV's extra ~400+ pounds takes its toll on the springs and shocks and how the car handles road imperfections and body rebounding. The car still does extremely well, but it's not as quick during sudden maneuvers as the gas. It might corner a little better, but it doesn't shift left-right as quickly which I view as a positive (for the gas version).
I believe the transmission of the ICE interferes with perception of many ICE drivers. As such, many people are afraid of getting caught in the middle of a gear change during sudden handling maneuvers, and they therefore don't try them nearly as aggressively as they try the EV's. The EV's are simply easier to drive because the transmission is easier to use, which I believe translates into this perception that the 400 pound battery makes the car handle better.