The Smart Car Is Here, And It Is Not "Gay"

by guestofaguest · January 24, 2008

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[Photo from Gothamist]

The Smart Car is here, and Gothamist sent their friend Nick to give us his full report on the car that many of us have been coveting. Here is the consensus:

"Look at the Smart as a practical car that's easier to use in an urban environment than anything else, and you'll be happy. Look at it as fundamentally altering the way Americans think about transportation though, and you'll be disappointed."

The smart car isn't as green as every makes it out to be, averaging only around 38mpg, nor is it electric. Though very compact, it's not as small as you might think. The 6'2" Nick sat comfortably in driver's seat. It feels safe, with a steel roll cage surrounding you and airbags encompassing, you will be able to zip through traffic like no SUV or sedan ever could (did we mention the awesome parking spots you'll be able to score?-see above). Nick is also quick to point out that it's not cheap (the one above was $18,500), nor "Gay". We think it's adorable.