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Old 04-14-2018, 03:53 AM
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Always wondered what would happen to a Smart car in an accident, sorry no picks but the result was a little surprising. Jeep Grand Cherokee rear ended the Smart Car. I would say both vehicles were totaled. Wasn't expecting to see so much damage to the Jeep. Front end was completely wiped out. The Smart Car wasn't going anywhere with a rear tire that was off the rim and with axle tucked under the body but the forward drivers compartment looked intact. Was somewhat hesitant to look over because we thought the occupants may have not made it through the collision, neither were still at the scene when we got there. Thinking maybe the fact that the Smart Car is so small and light it may have bounced off the Jeep and that prevented it from being crushed?

Still would scare the hell out of me to drive one but I guess they are not so bad......... Smart Cars Earn Highest Safety Rating

As for safety, the ForTwo did well enough in crash tests by the independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) to earn the group’s highest rating—five stars—thanks to the car’s steel racecar-style frame and liberal use of high-tech front and side airbags. Despite such good safety performance for such a tiny car, IIHS testers caution that larger, heavier cars are inherently safer than smaller ones.

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My wife had one for about 9 months. She had to have one after seeing them in Italy. We probably had one of the first ones imported. Buggy as hell and plagued with electrical issues. When it started to refuse to go into reverse I took it to Carmax and that was the end of the Smart for us. My understanding is that the european diesel models are good. They make sense as city cars.
On the highway it was pretty scary.
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Originally Posted by joe.giuliano View Post
My wife had one for about 9 months. She had to have one after seeing them in Italy. We probably had one of the first ones imported. Buggy as hell and plagued with electrical issues. When it started to refuse to go into reverse I took it to Carmax and that was the end of the Smart for us. My understanding is that the european diesel models are good. They make sense as city cars.
On the highway it was pretty scary.
I was amazed to see those little shitboxes flying down the highway in France at 80 mph or so. I wouldn't think they had the directional stability to do that!
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We own a Smart fortwo.The way they are built is that the main body of the car is basically a crash resistant capsule.It will run 80 mph all day long.Fairly comfortable for two adults and probably the easiest car made to park.Gets about 36 mpg on the highway,not super high,but economical.Great little around town car.
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I was bummed when Car2Go pulled out of Miami. They had about 200 Smart ForTwo's scattered around the city. The app would tell you where the nearest one was parked. I could jump into one, pay by the minute and leave it in almost any legal parking spot. (Uber/Lyft and a state rental fee rendered them uncompetitive)

I drive a 2 seater, so when I had company from out of town, I'd use a ForTwo as a "backseat". They could actually be fun to drive. I laughed at myself the first time I parked it - parallel. There is absolutely no reason to bother. The wheelbase is so short you can pull directly into any space. I made a game of making that damn transmission shift smoothly. I also made a point of staying off I-95, but I had read about the crash tests and was impressed. Even so, in a town where turn signals are considered a sign of weakness, I like to have a little more iron around me above 60 MPH.
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Wasn't expecting to see so much damage to the Jeep. Front end was completely wiped out.
Very cheap construction.
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Remember that safety ratings are for comparable sized vehicles. For example, a 5 star smart car is not inherently safer than a 3 star full size suv.
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For such a tiny car they should get better fuel economy.
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Originally Posted by 23Dorado View Post
Very cheap construction.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee uses the same unibody structure as the Mercedes GLE...it's actually a very good architecture. They also have crash tested very well.

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Originally Posted by muskamoot View Post
We own a Smart fortwo.The way they are built is that the main body of the car is basically a crash resistant capsule.It will run 80 mph all day long.Fairly comfortable for two adults and probably the easiest car made to park.Gets about 36 mpg on the highway,not super high,but economical.Great little around town car.
What is the intrigue? I just don't get it. A 2 door civic is nearly as easy to park, handles more luggage, and gets better mileage.
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For such a tiny car they should get better fuel economy.
Yea, there are plenty of small/midsize cars that get better mileage (even non-hybrids), with better room.

They make sense if cheaper is what you want, or smaller for parking.
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Modern small cars are VERY tough nowadays.

But, the laws of physics prevail. Jeep vs Smart, I'd rather be in the Jeep every time. Why? (roughly speaking) if 6000 pound vehicle hits 2000 pound vehicle, the occupants in the 2000 pound vehicle need to survive the g forces that 3x the mass are going to impart on the smaller vehicle. Sure, the body of the 2000 pound vehicle maintains "survivable space", but you are in for one hell of a ride.

My wife and I have been new car shopping lately, she prefers Impreza/Civic sized hatchbacks. She asked me if they are safe, "yes, against a pole, fixed object or another vehicle of similar size" where they only need to manage their own weight in a crash.
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