I've read recent MSN.com blogs and other postings "trashing" Smart cars with a certain degree of amusement. As a long-time Apple Macintosh user (early 1985... about a year after the original Mac was introduced), I am used to having my decisions questioned, attacked, and even mocked by others. But through it all, I enjoyed the benefits of working on the Mac platform and learned to ignore the comments of those who hadn't even used one before forming their opinion. (Or the comments of those who, even worse yet, were incapable of thinking for themselves, so they parroted the ignorance of others instead.)
Flash forward to the Smart. I am loving this car. Mine's getting fabulous gas mileage, it's fun as hell to drive, and the "top down" experience is a enjoyable as any convertible I've owned or experienced. And... you know what? Some people mock the car. Others seem to despise it or even be threatened by it, despite the fact that they've never driven one and have no frame of reference for their feelings. Maybe it just irritates them that someone has made a purchase decision that is completely at odds with the values and priorities reflected in their own. Or maybe, immediately upon seeing the Smart, they intuitively understand their own choice of vehicle makes little sense (or is maybe even selfish or motivated by ego or lust).
And so, one might say that Smart drivers are much like Mac users once-upon-a-time. But, after years of life as second class citizens, Mac users can now hold their head high with the knowledge that Microsoft is pulling their corporate hair out in an attempt to slow down their loss of market share. Macs are the "cool" computers, and PCs are Walmart loss leaders. And so it will be for Smart. The car is simply right for the times. By the time our legislators are through destroying the automobile industry, the Smart will be one of the few remaining, affordable cars with any personality.
Ignore the masses; do what makes YOU happy.