Over the river and through the woods . . .

Just got back from a 1,000 mile winter road trip from Long Beach, CA to Carson City, NV (visiting my daughter after Christmas). My black/black/black 2009 cab made the trip in great shape. I found I could cruise easily at 80-85 mph. I did have to downshift to 4th for most hills, and on two steep grades I had to downshift to 3rd. However, I could still go over 60 mph in 3rd, and over 70 mph in 4th, so it wasn't a big problem. I avoided roads with snow tire/chain requirements (which required an overnight stay in Bishop CA on the way up), but I did hit a couple of snowy patches, and the car performed well there (having lived in Northern NV before, I know you have to slow down for snow).

The car warms up quickly, even in sub 30 degree (Farenheit) temps - and that's when the heated leather seats come in VERY handy. Driving in the mountains, the Sirius radio stayed on the whole way (tuned to the Blues channel, of course). I also got to use the fog lights, as there was dense fog around Mono Lake on the return trip. All in all, a great trip!

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Comment by Kevin Causey on December 30, 2008 at 4:16pm
great to hear info about driving a smart car up hills. Living in Cave Creek (just north of Phoenix) I have lot of opportunity to climb hills on my way to Flagstaff (7,000 elevation, up 5,000 from my home). I know my 4 cyl Jeep Wrangler struggles to make it, so knowing that my new smart car can power up and stay up to speed is a good thing! Can't wait for spring to make a trek to the high country!

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