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Posted by Lu R on July 30, 2008, 1:47 pm

Hired a Smart on holiday at the Great Barrier Reef. Drove well but high
winds blew it about on the highway. Just a tad too small to feel safe in.

Posted by Unkadunk on July 30, 2008, 2:48 pm

Do a search on Youtube for a video from a British car show where they crash
a Smart car into a concrete barrier at 50 - 60+ mph.  It evidently has a
great rollcage structure built in because the interior stayed amazingly
intact, even one of the doors still opened.

The engine compartment did fit in a briefcase then though.

And the deceleration forces were probably enough to scramble your brain
quite thoroughly, as it would in most any small car whacking an immovable
object at that speed.  Wearing a helmet would help immensely.

Now they just need to fix the suspension, switch it to regular gas.

Posted by DougSlug on March 28, 2008, 12:28 pm
At first glance of the specs, I see that they recommend premium gasoline and
the mileage ratings are slightly lower than the Prius.  Strictly from a fuel
cost standpoint, it appears that the Prius has an advantage, but the
significantly lower price makes it truly smart from an overall cost
standpoint, provided you don't need the room.  My biggest concern would be
safety--mainly because of the size of the car compared to 99.9% of the
vehicles on the road that you might "encounter".  I think that is likely to
be a major obstacle to increasing sales in the US, at least in the
short-to-medium term.

 - Doug

Posted by Mike Rosenberg on March 28, 2008, 12:29 pm

It's comparing apples and oranges.  The Prius is a mid-size car with
large front suits, plenty of headroom, room to seat three (two
comfortably) in the rear, and adequate cargo space.  It also happens to
get in the neighborhood of 50 MPG.

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Posted by Tomes on March 29, 2008, 1:34 am

The comparison would be better made versus the coming Toyota IQ.  If the
question is only 'cleaner', then the vehicle that gets more MPG wins as it
is the one that releases the least pollutants and uses the least resources.

As other folks have noted, this is not a fair comparison anyway due to the
vast size differences between the Smart and the Prius.

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