I'm quite sure than when Mr. Trace, keener than most persons, thinks about small cars, he wonders (perhaps out loud) about safety. I know I do. But the makers of the new Smart car have already anticipated our concerns and they have crafted an ingenious response in words and pictures (I especially liked the pictures).
This clever car doesn't actually exist...yet...in America. At least, you can't buy one...yet But you can "reserve" one with $99 via their website. A very shrewd idea indeed.
At 9 feet long and about 5 feet wide and 5 feet tall, it's half the length of my old 1966 Chrysler New Yorker and not much larger than my first cell phone. Canny Europeans have enjoyed them since 1998 and brainy buyers in 36 countries may already have one in, I guess, very tiny Barbie doll-sized garages.
The Smart company is owned by DaimlerChrysler and they project gas mileage to be 40 mpg for combined city and highway driving. Somehow I expected it to be higher, since it's so...small...and astute. We once got 44 mpg on the highway with our Ford Festiva when it was nearly new. Come to think of it, it wasn't much bigger than this car. I guess I was "smart" way back in 1988. But, I digress.
Smart offers three wise models with base prices ranging from $11,590-16,590, and my favorite is the clever Cabriolet shown below (both photos are Smart publicity shots).
Now, where do I put the subwoofer?