Originally Posted by MooseMan
About smart cars above:
They are probably the safest of those size cars, but thats it. They hardly get better MPG than some other much larger cars (such as a ford escort or focus) and they also require premium fuel. This alone cancels out the extra savings in MPG if not costing more. Ontop of that, they are also about 16,000 I believe. For 16,000 you could buy much more of a car (such as said focus or corolla etc.)
With all that siad, I am not attacking any lovers of the smart car, just showing it's downfalls, in my opinion at least.
Well it has the best fuel efficiency of any regular gasoline engine car...
33 city and 41 highway. A Focus is 24/33. Estimated annual fuel cost of the smart is $897, for the Focus $1,060.
The smart starts at $12k. Focus at $15k.
Sure, the Focus is a lot more of a car, but the smart really isn't bad at all for a secondary daily driver. I think it's sort of an icon for some people too, like having an iPod. The Zune has more features, but the iPod is "cooler".