2011 Smart Fortwo ED Passion, an AW Drivers Log:

This article explains a few things about Auto, and if you're interested, then this is worth reading, because you can never tell what you don't know.


The Smart Fortwo ED Passion
The Smart Fortwo ED Passion.

The Smart Fortwo ED Passion
The Smart Fortwo ED Passion.

The Smart Fortwo ED Passion
The Smart Fortwo ED Passion.

The Smart Fortwo ED Passion
The Smart Fortwo ED Passion.

The Smart Fortwo ED Passion
The Smart Fortwo ED Passion.

The Smart Fortwo ED Passion
The Smart Fortwo ED Passion.

MARK VAUGHN, WEST COAST EDITOR: Not each car is leaving to be correct for each buyer. This is particularly factual of electric cars. Just similar to monster trucks, full-size vans, sports education cars and reruns of America's Next Top Model, every has its own fans and by means of child its own marketplace niche in our society.

The Smart ED (ED stands for œelectric drive, but you can insert the additional type of ED jokes here) is a terrific car for intra-urban travel. If you live in a enormous metropolis similar to Paris, Rome or Cleveland and desire to be clever to park in semi the room of usual cars, present is no improved vehicle on four wheels supposed the Smart ED. Something on two wheels strength be still better. Or a bus or subway, construct contain a lot of wheels, strength still top that.

However, for four wheels in the metropolis you can't outSmart the Smart. With its electric drive, the Smart ED has zero tailpipe emissions. With its upright dimensions, it has additional supposed sufficient space for two extremely big adults and room for completely groceries or luggage. Using it costs a great deal fewer supposed by,by means of a gasoline-powered no substance which better supposed a skimboard, and so as to turning ring might operate in a skate park.

But separately as of the attributes scheduled above, the Smart ED shoots itself in the tire so a lot of era so as to it has to discontinue to reload preceding to it stay complete by means of its own spec sheet.

First and foremost, it is woefully underpowered. That is not by the principles of gasoline-powered cars, that's better by means of approximately any contemporary electric car I've driven small of one of persons lethal unsafe neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs).

I picked up the Smart ED as of my AutoWeek coworker Barry Winfield in downtown Los Angeles and got correct onto the Pasadena Freeway.

œGack! I thought, œWhy isn't petroleum obsession going?

Now granted, correct of entry to the Pasadena Freeway be hypothetical to be incomplete to amusement-park bumper cars. A top pace of 45 mph counting be comprehensible here. Having person's name finished in 1940 at what time cars didn't go almost as quick as contain do today, the Pasadena Freeway is now a thin slot canyon anywhere angry commuters dive for completely 5-mph exits as if an important person was keeping score. Into petroleum madness I flung the Smart, primary at 40, after that 45, finally 50 mph--what is incorrect by means of petroleum thing? If you mash by means of base to the ground similar to you actually and truthfully believe you're gonna die, you sense a slight clack and you get additional power--55, 60, approximately 65 mph! That clack have to be anywhere output of the electric motor weapons as of 20 kilowatts to 30 kilowatts. But OMG, as the kids say.

When, by the grace of God I complete it to the end of the freeway with no existence form squashed similar to a bug, I correct away got the Racelogic examination gear and set out to confirm so as to it actually was dog slow. I inappropriately four launches and the the majority excellent 0-to-60-mph occasion I got was--this is not a typo--22.3 seconds! The the majority excellent time! Gack! There is no excuse for a contemporary œcar to be so as to slow and motionless be allowable on a road, let unaccompanied the deadly, Death Race 2000 confines of the Pasadena Freeway.

The battery pack is 16.5 kilowatt-hours and the restrain heaviness of the Smart ED is concerning 2,000 pounds. The Mitsubishi i-MiEV so as to I drove previous summer had a 16 kilowatt-hour battery pack, weighed precisely 2,497 pounds and had a 0-to-60-mph occasion of 11.9 seconds. The Nissan Leaf has a 24-kilowatt-hour battery, efficiently 3,375 pounds and stay to 60 mph in 9.2 seconds. The Tesla Roadster stay to 60 in 3.7 seconds.

I can merely get for granted so as to Smart set up its ED for improved variety at the expense of performance. Smart underneath variety for the ED at 98 on foot and quotes the EPA at 63 on foot of range. I establish my standard variety in the i-MiEV was 60.2 miles. The heavier, additional influential Leaf is scheduled at 100 on foot range, 73 EPA. The Tesla weapons 245 on foot on a charge.

I merely had the Smart for 24 hours, but in the primary semi of so as to occasion era it did go 50.9 on foot on 11.715 kilowatt-hours, counting four runs to 60 mph at filled throttle and demonstrate on foot of freeway driving. Those figures suggest so as to the Smart might go 72 on foot by,by means of genuine heavy techniques. Given a additional ginger request of the accelerator pedal, the Smart ED might still go,shift toward Smart's lady 98-mile range. In any case, it can go farther supposed the EPA's scheduled 63 miles.

There now additional small bothers. The Smart ED has no creep liberally in to it. When you lift off the brake pedal the car now sits there, or rolls whichever way is downhill. American management stay for a small creep (I know, I know, I was in the car so it had a small creep, ha ha) and all additional EVs appear to present it. Why not in the Smart?

Though I didn't drive it from side to side a slalom, the handling was not inspiring. The gasoline-powered Smart we tested a few existence ago was abysmal in the slalom. With concerning 300 pounds additional restrain heaviness the handling of the Smart ED is not leaving to be an development on the gasoline-powered Smart Fortwo.

The ride on the freeway was near-tortuous. That small wheelbase complete the Smart pitchpole and whang in excess of each important real patch.

Finally, the casement sticker in the car I drove supposed $45,587! Gack! True, you can merely lease as,at the same occasion as at present, but the lease is $599 a month! Only the BMW Mini E was more, at $850 a month rear at what time I couldn't converse anybody eager on financing one for me. Considering so as to AutoWeek's Nissan Leaf long-term car stickers at $35,655 and so as to Mitsubishi has supposed the i-MiEV electric car determination sticker at concerning $30,000 at what time it moderator out afterward petroleum day (all preceding to administration rebates), you contain to speculate why a less-practical, slower, arguably goofier-looking car be hypothetical to cost more?

And yes, it attention goofy. Sorry.

It counting be unfortunate for the universal community to bottom completely opinions of all electric cars on petroleum one, however. The obsession you contain to get absent as of all petroleum is so as to petroleum car is not envoy of the relax of the fleet of EVs pending by 2012. Look to the Nissan Leaf if you desire to see come again? a contemporary electric car can be. Don't seem at the limits of petroleum otherwise extremely practical metropolis scooter.

BARRY WINFIELD, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR: I liked the Smart ED at what time it primary arrived. It was over in a chic pallid and electric green two-tone by means of matching alloy wheels, and it looked extremely cheerful. There was too amazing pleasing concerning its back-to-basics operating mode. No gears, not a great deal sound, by means of straight steering and intimate cabin dimensions. People seemed to similar to the car, too, forever smiling and waving, or pending up to ask questions.

As a respite as of all the overequipped lavishness cars so as to had person's name transitory from side to side my hands, petroleum was a refreshing change. And the Smart got approximately the suburbs perfectly well. It's simple to beat the majority dozy drivers off the row at what time the lights change, and hardly any of not any accelerate vigorously, so you by no means sense overwhelmed. Besides, at what time you press on the pedal firm sufficient to go from side to side the œclick-down point, the Smart responds by means of sensible alacrity.

The speeds second-hand in suburbia don't tax the Smart in any way, and you don't sense similar to you are receiving in the way. It too construct additional intelligence to run an EV for the small errands the majority populace require to run. There's no preliminary of a chilly gasoline engine, or the era of far above the ground emissions as,at the same time as it warms on a wealthy mixture, its catalysts not yet hot sufficient to glow off. The Smart doesn't mind if it's chilly or temperate additional supposed its batteries not taste harshly low temperatures. It now be dressed in off.

With polite custom of convenience equipment--like an sufficient stereo, warmth and air-conditioning, intermittent wipers--one doesn't sense deprived. And the variety is satisfactory for urban duties. We didn't sense the require to recharge each day, or still each additional day, and not now since we now use mileage as of a filled charge.

Is everything making sense so far? If not, I'm sure that with just a little more reading, all the facts will fall into place.

Having to traverse big, fast-moving freeways in the center of violent commuters is one more story. The Smart doesn't contain a great deal top end, and you are faced by means of the option of heavy flat-out and pain fast accuse sketch downward or receiving in the way a lot. One trip up the 110 in Los Angeles in the rain was as high-quality as it gets, since a lot of drivers in fact slow downward to the lawful boundary in the wet, and the Smart suddenly isn't the moving roadblock it can be at additional times. But in usual use, the freeway mostly stay you notice of a fewer friendly and admiring kind.

However, it was as,at the same time as enjoying the affable attentions of a number of populace at Costco (where you can supermarket and convey by means of purchases in the Smart as extended as you buy no big items), at what time the honeymoon actually ended.

œHow a great deal is that? contain asked, prompting us to search the door pockets for the Munroney sticker so as to forever accompanies examination cars.

œUm, 45, I answered, aghast at come again? I was seeing.

œForty-five hundred? contain responded.

œNo, 45 grand! I said, watching completely jaws fall open.

Yep, the base row is $45,000 for a vehicle so as to determination do small additional supposed the NEVs so as to Mark disparages in his report. That shape is now the figure contain use to labor out the $599/month lease cost, but still, it is startlingly high.

The Smart ED may be cute, but it's an luxurious expression of environmental anxiety for upscale meet preparation to use it as a neighborhood runaround. For the relax of us it's not still value contemplating.

2011 Smart Fortwo ED Passion

Base Price: $45,587

As-Tested Lease Price: $599/month for 48 months (= $28,752)

Drivetrain: AC permanent-magnet synchronous electric motor

Output: 40 hp, 88.5 lb-ft

Curb Weight: 2,100 lb (est)

0-60 mph: 22.3 place (AW)

Range: (EPA est./AW): 63/72 miles

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Smart for TWO? I am motionless annoying to discover out who the heck "TWO" is as,because it certain isn't elegant for ME or anybody else I can believe of.

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I believe everybody is charitable the Smart a bad shake since they're thinking of it as a car.What it actually is is an by means of this 2-seat scooter by means of ,essential constancy of 4 wheels as,because the enclosure prevents the occupant(s) as of enclosed completely get second-hand to downward at stops.Still overpriced still in gas form, but if parkability is by means of main or secondary the majority anxiety and all else far downward the list, I deduction it's in a league of its own.After all, certain you might surround a golf farm cart by means of artificial for weather protection, but you couldn't list it for the road. What I don't get concerning the electric account is so as to if the main, almost the merely obsession in the Smart's favor, is how simple it is to park, it counting place to cause so as to the management wouldn't contain completely own parking.If that's the case, how counting contain plug it in to accuse it?Are contain gravely expecting an extension cord, strung crossways a metropolis sidewalk overnight to stay plugged in, undamaged, or otherwise absent unmolested?If you do contain a parking room and now actually desire an electric, the Leaf is far better and cheaper.

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Ok all you elegant haters...I'll contain the similar opinion petroleum vehicle is way overpriced. There have to be a number of tax reimbursement so as to knock the cost downward considerably.
The car is huge for approximately town by means of a on one occasion a month trip on the highway and so as to be hypothetical to be in an emergency merely too.
It's not for all; it is a extremely thin nitch product. Let's leave it at that.
As for my gas smart...well it serves my reason extremely healthy for commuting a 9 supplies trip every way.
First of all, at 0-30 mph I forever beat usual cars by means of ease at what time I desire to. If I couldn't, I'd sell the obsession immediately, for after that it counting be dangerous. 30-60mph is not so as to quick...yet no one hardly beats me. Why, since merely kooks drive agressively at what time gas costs are receiving out of hand. In my 27,000 on foot on the car I've by no means had an issue. I do drive aggressively from occasion to time and use the steering wheel paddles for shifting. It's motionless not a fighting machine.
I don't be acquainted with a great deal concerning slalom driving, yet I can attest so as to at what time I drive concerning 5 mph on top of the boundary on a 1/2 supplies extended solitary lane street on the way house as of work, there's approximately forever a hostile in a big vehicle up my back end and he or she is creation a declaration so as to petroleum small obsession have to be intimidated. I attach to my pace although since each now and then, the troopers set up present and little brood are nearby too. So come again? do I do to temperate my cockles? I stay leaving at the similar speed of pace by means of brakes by no means applied, approximately a big bend and the better vehicle has to hit the brakes since it's now not possible to tailgate me any longer for it's additional prudent to pay notice to the street instead. Usually contain are 50 or additional get second-hand to at the back me all of a sudden. They after that stay completely distance.
The small car has a slight understeer, yet I can fling it approximately a curve extremely healthy anywhere additional cars now counting contain problems.
Perhaps it has a low middle of gravity? It mechanism for me.
The mileage is forever a joke for others. I get concerning 38-40 mpg for all approximately use and I'm delighted. Many consider so as to the car be hypothetical to get a lot of additional on foot to the gallon-- yet it won't. There are newer pay no attention to dimension cars on the horizon and if contain get improved mileage in genuine earth situations, I'll retract my faith in the smart's petroleum consumption. The elegant is forever up by means of the a great deal additional luxurious hybrids in ratings at what time the numbers are shown. It's not actually aerodynamic by means of its upright design, yet since its upright, it construct it likely to get in and out for still big adults. This is particularly evident at what time one have to drive an elderly being or an important person so as to has evils by means of no trouble folding eager on position. It's not sleek...and that's the point. Some populace say so as to it attention small and ugly. If the car counting be low and sleek it counting contain to be liberally longer, if not it be hypothetical to be intended for amputees merely (we don't desire to go there) and after that it counting be one more car altogether. The Trideon cage so as to protects the occupants mechanism extremely healthy as it is intended and so as to is a extremely significant part of a car. Structural integrity!
I confess the small wheel bottom mechanism after that to the ride comfort, yet I live in an region anywhere the roads are attractive good, so so as to is not a factor.
As nutty as it tableware at what time I get eager on my elegant I sense so as to it's approximately fraction of me, since it's so small, we are similar to one at so as to time. It's intimate emotion so as to no additional car I've owned or driven still gave me. It is roomy in,within and so as to shouldn't be discounted.
It's surely a specialty car and Consumer Reports not withstanding, it's a blast to drive. If anybody needs to name a car ugly-- believe of the Aztek. Just leave my elegant be.
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Living in San Francisco, I can picture the Smart ED responsibility extremely healthy as it reminds me of the Honda CRX; but unluckily the cost of the Smart ED construct petroleum vehicle DOA as it's twice the cost of a Toyota Prius and able of a come into view of come again? the Prius can do construct construct petroleum a plan failure. This counting be additional interesting if it was powered by a 3-cylinder turbo-diesel or amazing so as to might get fantastic petroleum monetary system and motionless cost beneath $20K.

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Having test-driven the gas-powered Smart two existence ago, I can say so as to I had the similar knowledge receiving on Route 41 in Lake Forest, IL close to the dealer's store.Ugh.Mashing my base from side to side the floorboards did nothing, as the anemic engine and unwilling broadcast conspired to hurry nothing but my demise.That fault was in the transmission, construct refuses to shift if not the go-pedal isn't let up a bit - not the obsession to do at what time merging onto an expressway.My sympathetic is so as to the indoctrination is to stop "abuse" of the trans, but its tendency is to stop repeat customers. As far as a "little creep", that's the guy in front of you, heavy one of these, at what time you're annoying to get anywhere on occasion on a two-lane road.

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Sounds similar to an efficient account of the Vanguard CitiCar I examination drove decades ago. And that's NOT a complement!

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And populace complain concerning the cost of the Volt! (which I'm thinking is concerning 30 existence additional higher in together concept and execution) The Smart by means of a gas engine was an abomination to drive, I say as of experience. I had at smallest amount hoped the request of smooth electric drive counting fix the majority of the horror of its wheezy engine and Rube Goldberg transmission. However, 0-60 in 22 place popped so as to optimistic consideration immediately.

"German engineering" strength be now a tad overrated, no?

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How concerning a Segway advantage a heated-and-cooled heavy suit?Smaller investment and no parking construct -- now get it in,within at by means of destination.Sounds similar to you'd get present in concerning the similar distance end to end of time. When I saw the row concerning "two extremely big people", Michael Moore came to mind, and so as to row probably wasn't still hypothetical to be funny, but Mark by now had me expecting one more engage in recreation on words.Mark's script is correct on the edge of cute/annoying, but it manages to be funny following all.Keep it up!

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First the Volt, now this. It's occasion for petroleum silliness to stop.

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Wow, I consider the previous vehicle to approach as of Germany by means of a 22-sec 0-60 occasion was the unique Microbus.Look come again? 50 existence can do: you can get the similar molasses-drip acceleration, merely by means of considerably fewer usable room. And Barry scarcity the battery not taste great cold...but come again? concerning great heat?Anyone who has still person's name educated concerning rechargable batteries orator completely main enemy is heat: overcharging w/o a regulator to cut the accuse off at what time filled causes by means of characteristic consumer-electronics-operating battery cell to explode due to too a great deal heat.So, how can one live in Phoenix or Death Valley by means of one of these, as,because for more supposed a few months out of the year, the hot batteries determination be charged in ambient warmth in excess of 105 degrees Fahrenheit?No possibility for cooldown, if not you install an A/C component in the garage to combat the 140 degrees it reached in excess of the afternoon.So, Mark, PLEASE ask petroleum of by means of Leaf-loaning buddies as,because contain appear to believe so as to the car is possible out at petroleum time and determination be trouble-free.

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Creep? Complaining concerning a creep as of letting off the brake and expecting the car to go,shift forward? Am I the merely one who sees so as to as a plan flaw?

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The pricing is actually a breakdown of a new skill commerce replica i.e. Charge a premium for the primary appreciated to amortize the R&D, after that dial rear cost as the skill mechanically additional commonplace. Example: the digital watch or the PC. Another ordinary do,put into practice is to subsidize the primary appreciated by means of the new skill awaiting the manufacturing costs approach down, after that use the economies of level to stay marketplace split up as,at the same time as the marketplace is growing. Example: All the Japanese electric and hybrid cars.

But the primary commerce replica is a FAIL if everybody else is playing the next commerce model. Unless the object is to create the new skill seem foolish.

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As your knowledge about Auto continues to grow, you will begin to see how Auto fits into the overall scheme of things. Knowing how something relates to the rest of the world is important too.

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