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2009 Smart ForTwo. More and more Americans are learning to appreciate small cars for their fuel efficient, easy to park natures. Taking that formula and amplifying it is the Smart ForTwo, a sub-sub compact that has been sold in Europe for years but is set to push the boundaries of Americas small car appreciation.
Capable of parking in impossibly small spots, the ForTwo is made for city dwellers. Its also made for environmentally concerned citizens, as illustrated by its 40 milesper-gallon-plus highway fuel economy. Add to that a starting price around $12,000 and the Smart ForTwo might be an alternative for car buyers who want to save cash and the planet.
MINI Cooper Clubman Video Review - Kelley Blue Book
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2008 2009 MINI Cooper Clubman. When it was first introduced in 2002 the MINI Cooper won legions of fans by offering lots of fun, style and performance at a reasonable price. Encouraged by their early success MINI has begun to expand its vehicle lineup; the latest edition is the Cooper Clubman, an extended-length version of the regular Cooper.
Die-hard fans may cringe at the notion of a bigger MINI but extra interior and cargo space, unique exterior styling and an innovative five-door layout go a long way toward giving the Clubman a charming character all its own. For more new car reviews, interviews and automotive news visit http://www.kbb.com today.
Scion iQ Concept - Kelley Blue Book - NY Auto Show
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Scion iQ Concept. With the growing interest in the U.S. for more fuel-efficient vehicles, microcars like the uber-popular SMART car may be the wave of the future. Scion is now testing the microcar waters by introducing the Scion iQ Concept at the New York Auto Show. Aimed at young, urban trendsetters, the iQ features all of the efficiency and technology that Millennials crave, while keeping with Scions tradition of offering customizable rides. For more new car reviews, interviews and automotive news visit http://www.kbb.com today.
Toyota FJ Cruiser Review - Kelley Blue Book
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Toyota FJ Cruiser. The Toyota FJ Cruiser was inspired by a rugged off-road vehicle Toyota sold for more than two decades -- the FJ40 Land Cruiser. Subsequent Land Cruisers morphed into the suburban-crawling SUV that is sold today, and the Toyota 4Runner stepped in to fill the void for a more basic 4-wheeler, but it, too, migrated upscale. So Toyota decided to meld the 4Runner chassis with the throwback styling of the original FJ.
Welcome to our comprehensive Kelley Blue Book review of the Toyota FJ Cruiser.
The FJ Cruiser backs up its cool, retro styling with serious off-road features like body-on-frame construction, big tires, available four-wheel drive with two-speed transfer case and an available locking rear differential. For more new car reviews, interviews and automotive news visit http://www.kbb.com today.
Zenn Electric Vehicle Review - Kelly Blue Book
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Zenn Electric Vehicle. If you are tired of getting gouged at the gas pump, then it may be time to immerse yourself in Zenn. We don't mean the Eastern religion version of Zenn, but rather a neighborhood electric vehicle that boasts Zero Emissions and No Noise (Zenn). The Zenn vehicle is targeted at a small demographic of people who travel short distances at extremely slow speeds. If you live on a small island, a campus or in a planned community, the Zenn might be the car for you...or maybe not. Click the Watch Video button below the picture to see KBB.com editor Beth Lear-VanderYacht's take on the Zenn.
Smart Fortwo demo ride with Tim & Chuck
Since I originally posted this video I have modified my impressions a bit. I discovered other cars in this same price range that have better mileage on regular gas (the SmartCar uses premium), will seat 4 people, and have a better air-conditioner and smoother transmission. All that said, I will stick with my original statement that it is a fun car to drive, handles well even on the highway, is a cinch to park, still is a head-turner, and serves a certain market niche. Good luck!
This video really is for my god-daughter in Canada who wanted to see my Smart Car. So this is a Smart Fortwo demo ride video taken on Easter, 2010. As explained in the video, it takes a bit of getting used to the automatic shifting mechanism. It can be driven fairly smoothly but requires about an hour to get the right touch of the gas and brake. The brake is sensitive and is hinged from the bottom which is unusual these days.
Great little car. Lots of fun. Good price. Good gas mileage, although premium fuel is needed. Basic stereo is pretty good. A/C ran well. About the only accessory not available is cruise-control. Highway speeds were good, stable, and responsive. There never was a feeling the car is as small as it it. The view from inside seems very similar to any sub-compact car, contrary to what one might think.
Comfort is quite reasonable on smooth highway. However, in-town potholes and rough road can be quite jarring, as might be expected for such a short car. Ground clearance is good and one sits quite high up for a good view. Two large people are easily handled with no noticeable performance issues. Interior room and head-room is excellent. There is no need get down and crawl into the car. Seating is high and doors open wide for easy access.
There is an all-electric version but it is not yet available in the USA. I suspect it would be very smooth as most electrics do not really require a traditional transmission.
Overall, I think it is a great car, a bit of novelty, and probably a good commuter car. It really is limited to two seats and groceries. Probably, for a few thousand more, one could purchase a true 4-seat car that is more traditional such as a Honda Fit. If one lived downtown in a major city, though, this would be an excellent car as one can park it just about anywhere. A major trip of a few hundred miles would not be unreasonable, either, so it is quite useable all-around. Reports and videos elsewhere on YT give the vehicle good safety marks.
Overall, I liked it and felt quite comfortable in the vehicle after a weekend of use.
Smart Fortwo review - CarBuyer
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If you're strictly a city driver, then the Smart ForTwo could be the perfect choice. The unusual looks make it a head-turner, while its minuscule dimensions mean it's incredibly easy to park. It's as wide as it is long, so you can even leave it parked at right angles to the kerb!
Smart ForTwo review - What Car?
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Smart fortwo owners can park where other drivers wouldn't even consider, and its running costs and emissions are very low.
The ride is too firm, it's noisy and poor to drive. Entry-level Pulse models are short of some desirable
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Smart Car Test Ride
A brief test ride in the NEW Smart Car, scheduled for US arrival in Q1 2008.
2011 Smart Passion Coupe Review
Visit Us at: http://LTWTV.us - Mike Herzing from Lets talk Wheels reviews the tiny and easy to drive 2011 Smart Passion Coupe.
You see the Smart car and always smile. They are so tiny, but big city traffic and rising fuel prices makes them look better and better. Could there be a future for cars like this? Watch our video review and you just might want one!
More Info on the 2011 Passion Coupe: http://www.smartusa.com/models/passion-coupe/specifications.aspx
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Videography by: Lynn David Cole
Smart ForTwo Car Review - L.A.MPG OutSmarted Part I
Motoring journalist, Alex Shapiro, reviews the Smart ForTwo around Los Angeles. How does it stand up to freeways? How do people react? We have some laughs and an awesome soundtrack as we film amid 2008's fuel crisis. Interviews and big trucks
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