Wow!!! I went 916 miles and only put in 37 dollars of gas in during the trip. I was able to go home, visit all of my friends and travel to all the places I haven't been to in years. I admit, my father put in three gallons for me when I let his wife drive with him for about an hour one morning. When I got home I filled it back up for another 30 dollars and after figuring it all out, it costs under 8 cents a mile to operate, it rode wonderful, up those long winding roads that most cars can't maintain speed on, able to keep right up the whole way. I was very much impressed. I had 41mpg my first tank, and this trip yielded 45. I will remember next time to return avoiding freeways, it got really heavy and slow coming home with all the SUVs and motor homes with trailers lugging along. I used the air or drove with the windows open the whole trip.
It used to cost me 120 dollars just to go home and visit with one friend. About 600 miles in a vehicle that was reaching 83 dollars just to fill. I am very happy with my smart. I was not at all sore or tired from driving whatsoever. I have only had one trip where I noticed any wind to deal with, and since it is summer I found that opening the windows a little takes care of that.
I was worried before as I have to travel for a week at a time each year on several trips. I find now that the smart is plenty able to hold its own and surpasses my expectations. When you ad in the green factor, and the reduction in costs, it becomes a dream come true for me.
I took a detour on the way home to visit with another old friend I haven't seen in awhile, who lives down a washboard dirt road with gravel. Yes, it was bone shaking. But then I saw a full size pickup driving 5 miles an hour and realized I was going almost 20, and I remembered that the road has always been awful no matter what I was driving. I suppose there will be some bumpy rides during the winter on unkept roads, but I will endure those gladly for the sake of all the other comforts I am afforded.
I am so glad I ordered the car when I did, and even though I forgot about it for many months, I am very grateful to be able to enjoy the fun and economy of this car and to have its luxury and reduced carbon footprint. Not one person has put it down or degraded it to date, and I wouldn't care if they did. Like most of us I often do things regardless of what others might think. I really do wish our auto makers would follow suit, it is time for them to do so.
After so many miles of driving on my old stomping ground, I have a real feeling of how the car will handle in the winter. I expect no problems being pushed around by rear wheel drive (on the wide track) probably very similar to the days I used to drive the Volkswagen Beetle.
Thank you little smart, the testing is over.