This kind of a smart car, that is.
The good stuff:
- OMG Cute!!
- It’s a ULEV (Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle)
- The place it’s manufactured is energy conscious, and there is a recycling program
- The coupe isn’t a bad price for a little car–$11,590–especially for a car with Mercedes Benz components.
- Very easy to park in the city
Not so good stuff:
- It has very low clearance, which makes me think it won’t do so well in snow over 3 inches.
- Rear wheel drive, which is another minus for those of us with snow.
- I don’t live in the city, so for long range trips–which is what I mostly do–this isn’t a good choice for me.
I was also very disappointed with the mileage–utterly pathetic for a car this size:
“The vehicle is designed to achieve 40 city/45 highway mpg according to 2007 EPA standards and 33 city/41 highway mpg according to 2008 EPA standards.”
That’s not as good as my 1993 Honda Civic VX, which got 50/55mpg with a conventional engine. And which was considerably larger. And it’s certainly not as good as my current car, a 2001 Honda Insight, which gets 57/64mpg. And is a SULEV (Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle).
Why Honda?? Why did you stop making Insights??? There is no information on what the mythic Insight replacement will be. There is a hybrid version of the Fit in Japan, but no plans to bring it to the US. Despite reports of over 80mpg.