As we've been reporting, the Smart fortwo is on an American tour this summer, and Wall Street Journal writer Matt Vella recently had a chance to test one out in what might be the smart's ideal environment: New York City. The intro he gives in his WSJ piece won't be news to anyone who reads ABG regularly, so here's a snippet from Vella's personal experiences with the (I'm sure the Journal would approve if you went and read the whole thing on their site):
On a recent drive through Manhattan, however, the Smart proved sure-footed and zippy navigating the congested traffic around Wall Street. The car's 1-liter, 3-cylinder engine does a decent job of hustling the 1,653-pound car along and its rear-wheel-drive placement gives the car a sportier feel than most small economy cars.

The interior space and layout doesn't feel cramped or claustrophobic. A six-foot tall passenger had no problem getting in and out, or getting comfortable inside. Because the seats are set fairly high, occupants are at eye level with most other drivers in larger sedans.

Vella also asked random people who encountered the fortwo what they thought of the car. You can watch a video of their responses after the jump.

[Source: Wall Street Journal]



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