Could it be that a reviewer actually "gets it"?

I found this article noted in the forums of Smart Car of America. The article is in a magazine named Winding Road. The interface to the magazine isn't very easy to work but when you go to the website in the upper middle section named Featured there is an article called "HONDA FIT VS. SMART FORTWO" click on that to go to the article. When ready to turn the page use the blue arrows at the very top of the page to navigate. If you see an advertisement just click the arrow again to go to the page.

The article is written by Tom Martin and he does something most reviewers can quite understand. He reviews the car against its design points. That is to say; does the car do what it's suppose to do and how well does it do it. Wow, what a concept right? Others compare aspects of a car to others that are the best in its market. For example:

Cargo Room:

The 8 cubic feet of the smart fortwo is miniscule compared to the 1.3 cubic acres of the H1 Hummer.


The smart fortwo is a little tippy when attempt a 90 degree corner at 75 mph something the Bugatti Veyron does with little effort.


The smart fortwo's transmission seems jerky unlike the Toyota Prius transmission. (A little inside joke the prius transmission NEVER shifts. It has a continuously variable transmission and therefore nothing be "felt". But would seem to be worthy of a comparison in most reviewers' minds.)

You get the idea. Tom looked at what the smart was designed to be and compared it to a very good little car. The smart won. Enjoy!

Article: Honda Fit VS smart fortwo

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Comment by Jim on November 21, 2009 at 8:59pm
I like rear wheel drive and the Smart is about the only affordable, practical (as in decent cargo space) economy car that has this configuration.
Comment by Zippin Pippin on November 20, 2009 at 1:25am
I enjoyed this article even more the second time around now that I have owned my fortwo since August. I read this article early on but now I see it from a different perspective. The fortwo is the car we go together in to do just about everything except when our friend rides with us and we switch to the Camry. The Fit just was not a fit for me. I really wanted a convertible, and one that John would fit in that would get great gas mileage. Ta Daaaa! Entre Vous Le smart fortwo!
Comment by Rob on November 19, 2009 at 10:21am

Thanks for trying to set up a direct link although it can't work because of flash. I discovered this also when I looked at the preview and then had to modify my blog. But aside from the difficulties of flash, it's a good article.

Comment by spicejax on November 19, 2009 at 2:17am
Great post, Rob I like it! Direct link here.


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