|It looks very green. But appearances can be deceiving — and deceived I was.|
After all, the car is tiny and probably easy to maneuver into tight parking spaces (though I've never driven one). Plus, I'm sure it offers amazing fuel economy, right?
Um, no. Not quite.
When I finally took the time to do some research, I found out that the best highway gas mileage you can get on any Smart model currently available in the United States is 38 mpg. That pretty quickly killed my enthusiasm for a car that looks like it's great for the environment — but probably isn't really much better than most mid-sized sedans.
Now I just wonder what all the hype is about.
As a point of comparison, Smart cars boast only marginally better fuel economy than my 2004 Hyundai Elantra. (Don't get too jealous.)