I assume when they named the Smart Car they were referring to the technology involved which allowed low energy consumption and economy.
I say that because “smart” certainly doesn’t describe most of the owners and drivers of these weather proof golf carts.
From what I’ve read, the Smart Car was designed for city driving. I cringe whenever I see some fool booting down the freeway at 110 kph, tailgating big trucks and darting in and out across 6 lanes of traffic. I can only assume these people have a death wish or are just totally oblivious to the danger.
The Smart Car is touted as the most fuel efficient car available in North America today. That may be true but at what cost? The price ranges between $16,000 and $20,000 in Canada for a 2 seater that is little more than two motorcycles tied together in a shell.
The Smart Car boasts fuel mileage of 46.3 mpg city and 68.9 mpg highway. But, only two passengers and maybe a bag of groceries.
Twenty years ago we owned a 1988 Pontiac Firefly that would carry 5 adults and a dozen bags of groceries and consistently got 60 mpg. Even though it weighed 2000 lbs plus payload we drove it sensibly and gave big trucks a wide berth.
At 1609 lbs the Smart Car doesn’t weigh as much as the tires on my rig and displaces only half the volume of those tires, yet many of these Smart Car fools drive like they’re at Taladaga.
Of course many people drive like idiots regardless of what kind of car they drive, but given the fact these cars score only 3 out of 5 on collision tests you would think the drivers would be a little smarter in how they drive them.