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Comment by Dan on June 26, 2008 at 12:58pm
Where else can you get a powered convertible, heated leather seats, heated mirrors, Mercedes engineering and fun quotient for under $18k? If it was ONLY about gas mileage you could get a Prius, but then it wouldn't be a convertible.
Comment by Susan/Rachel on June 26, 2008 at 9:28am
Wow, thanks for all the comments. Looks like for the money the Smart car is the way to go. I appreciate all the responses, it helps when making a decision such as this.
Thanks again everyone.
Susan/Rachel
Comment by Stuart Berman on June 25, 2008 at 10:02pm
My smart car (Passion) was $18k after tax and five year service contract. You can see my invoice here.

The Pittsburgh article is a nice comparison even if you can argue that you get a different model/gas mileage etc. It is really an apples to apples comparison using base figures.

So my answer is a resounding yes it is worth it! I did not buy the car to be green or turn heads, I bought it because it fits me. It has the features I want and not more. I really don't care about gas mileage since my commute is insignificant. It has the quality and features of a much more expensive car (I got rid of a nice Taurus with leather and auto lights and door locks - the smart has that and a lot more for half the price!) The car is incredibly fun to drive and that I did not expect.
Comment by sticky on June 25, 2008 at 7:43pm
Check out this link to see how the fortwo comes out in cost efficiency against the Yaris, Fit, Prius, Civic and other gas and hybrid cars. It could be a real eye opener.

http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com/2009-cars/16340445/detail.html
Comment by Eric on June 25, 2008 at 7:41pm
I am getting a Smart not only for the gas milage, but for the way too fun factor this car has. I am a cartoonist and a graphic design student, and since i am single and in the early fourties, it appeals to my creative side, and yet for me, it is very practical. I had sighted a yellow and black passion in Leesburg, VA yesterday,and today i saw a black and blue passion convertible in the Reston, VA area. As i talked to both owners for about ten minutes, they both told me the same thing, once you get your Smart, you are gonna love it. Frankly, I get excited everytime i see one, and when i get mine, i can smirk at my brother in law with his 350Z and reem him for the fact my two seater gets better gas milage than his mid life crisis toy and attracts just as much attention if not more. Well anyway, his is for speed mine will be for the sheer joy of driving, which im slowly losing with my gas sucking V6 Chevy now. Of course it could be worse, I could be driving a fat SUV that really eats the gas and the wallet.
Comment by Victor on June 25, 2008 at 7:17pm
JohnnyD, it would be nice if you cited the magazine article you read. Name of magazine, link if possible. When it comes to bang for the buck, there are a number of cars that beat the smart, but I am still likely going to buy one. In the equation, you MUST add your desire for a cute, attention getting head turner.
The gas mileage isn't jaw dropping, especially for such a small car. Safety is good, although evidence is the smart is prone to rollover, at least you've got a good cage when you roll (buckle up).

A fully configured smart will cost $18K PLUS tax, et al, could come very close to twenty grand. It is worth it IF your primary concern is not practicality, but rather, fun.

I have a Nissan Sentra for practicality. If I buy my smart, it will be for fun.
Comment by rozz on June 25, 2008 at 2:53pm
I think smartis are well worth the price tag (and the wait). I got the mileage I wanted and a cost I could swing. The most recent projections for ownership costs show that, at the end of 8 years, I'm still paying 7K less than a Prius owner. I can live with that.
Comment by craig hoy on June 25, 2008 at 2:05pm
I agree...we all made a good investment!.. I get a big kick out of guys driving those off road 4x4's and giving me a thumbs up sign when they pass me. I think people who scoffed at them in the beginning will eventually see what a g ood deal they are. And yes sitting up high in a small car is a good feature. I can see them and hopefully they can see me!
Comment by JohnnyD on June 25, 2008 at 1:51pm
In my opinion, I have to say YES! My fuel consumption has dropped dramatically since picking up the vehicle. I feel very safe in the car and sitting up higher than a lot of other vehicles is very nice. I just read an article a day or two ago that compares the SMART to many small cars on the market and the SMART ended up have the best BANG FOR THE BUCK!
The price I paid for the return I am getting is very very good!!!!

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