With gas prices still at $4.00+ in some areas, the last thing SMART people want to do, is purchase a gas guzzler. But you’ll still have fools like my ex boyfriend who goes out and purchases a 2007 Range Rover and complains about the gas/mileage (he’s an ex for a reason). So along comes the Smart Car, which is being touted as the most fuel efficient vehicle thus far.
When I first heard about the Smart Car, I thought that it seemed like a great idea, because I assumed it would be CHEAP, i.e, affordable. Uh, that’s where I was wrong. If I’m going to buy a car that is about the size of a front seat, it NEEDS to come with at least the basics, like a radio and A/C. Well starting at about $11k, you can get yourself a little two seater box but you’ll suffer in the heat b/c you have no AC and you’ll have to listen to yourself talk, b/c a radio is NOT standard. In my opinion, that’s how the Smart Car becomes a DUMB Car. After paying about $18K (not including taxes/registration..etc..etc.), you can get yourself a fully loaded box, so that’ll put you around $22-23k.
Here’s some more “dumbness” out of the SMART car, according to a recent Forbes Magazine article Daimler Chyrsler was touted as saying that it would be the MOST fuel efficient car in the U.S. WRONG. But it’s actually lower than the Prius, Civic Hybrid and the Honda Insight. So I guess claiming to be # 1 and coming in at number four isn’t that SMART at all.
I’ve only seen a few of these ‘boxes’ on the streets of DC and Maryland, and oddly enough they’ve all been driven by men. For some reason, seeing a 6’2 guy get out of a car that looks like it was built for the 7 dwarfs is a bit hysterical. My son for some reason thinks these are the new cars for kids, so he’s already put in his request for one. Thankfully, he has another 8 years before he’ll even touch a steering wheel.
I’m sure just like the Prius craze a few years ago, there will eventually be the SMART car craze as well. Thankfully, I don’t know anyone with the last name of “JONE’s”, so they will not receive any competition or money from me.
Redman loves his SMARTcar!