I Drove A SMART Car Last Night

Wow. What an awkward little vehicle!

I drive a midsize/luxury sedan. I like my space.. and I wasn't expecting my elbow to get clobbered by both the door and the seat when I tried to do something simple like closing the door (had the seat been back farther when I got in, this probably wouldn't have happened.) The brake pedal alone is enough to skyrocket my chances of getting into an accident by 20billion%. The pedal "rolls up" towards the front of the vehicle, rather than "pushing down" like in.. EVERY single other car EVER.

Trying to accelerate felt like I was driving a manual car for the very first time. The delay as the automatic transmission shifted gears was almost painful. It was probably only 2-3 seconds, but it felt like an eternity of the engine being disconnected from the wheels.

I had joked when I first saw the key about it looking like part of a Fisher Price/Playskool set. The key has an enormous rounded plastic head that contains the Lock / Unlock / Trunk / Alarm buttons and literally looks like a toy… I hardly expected the vehicle to mirror those impressions and leave me feeling like I was driving something designed for "Ages 3+".

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  1. spudart said,

    The pedal rolls up? What does that mean?

    Big key? I want pics! (i did a quick search on google images, but nothing really came up.

    May 13, 2009 @ 11:32 am

  2. sparx said,

    Instead of pushing the pedal "down", like you would a normal pedal, you end up pushing it "forward" towards the front of the car. It feels almost like you're trying to push a ball (with one flat side for your foot to press against) away from you. It's really weird.

    This forum post has a picture of the key-style that I used. It looks fake and toyish. http://www.smartcarofamerica.com/forums/f66/smart-center-edison-keychains-4171/#post45636

    May 14, 2009 @ 9:22 am

  3. unlikelymoose said,

    The key looks like a plastic cover for a lollipop. They should have rearranged the buttons on the key so it makes a smiley face.

    Sparx, are you a gearhead in any shape or form? I think the fact that you know that the engine disconnects from the wheels while it changes gears makes you a gearhead on one level or another. I didn't know such a fact. Gearheads are very mindful about the driving experience. Non-gearheads don't notice 5% of the things that gearheads do. Now I want to drive one of these SMART cars to judge for myself. Though I really really really really don't want to have to deal with a car dealer.

    May 14, 2009 @ 10:51 am

  4. sparx said,

    Me a gearhead? Nah. I just like to know how things work. Everything.

    May 14, 2009 @ 10:58 am

  5. unlikelymoose said,


    May 14, 2009 @ 10:59 am

  6. spudart said,

    was the SMART car a he, she, it, or alien?

    May 14, 2009 @ 5:16 pm

  7. unlikelymoose said,

    It's an it. Every car is an it. There are no he cars or she cars or alien cars. Cars are cars.

    May 15, 2009 @ 8:42 am

  8. sparx said,

    Riiiiggghhht… so when a mommy and daddy want a new car, the car-stork just drops one off in the driveway?

    May 15, 2009 @ 9:03 am

  9. spudart said,

    Cars are aliens. So are snowflakes.

    May 16, 2009 @ 1:20 am

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