They say good things come in small packages. That certainly bodes well for the tiny Smart car, which measures a mere eight feet long, five feet wide, and which can fit in a spot just half the size of a typical parking space. As a part of DaimlerChrysler AG's Mercedes Car Group, the Smart car has been a staple of European streets since 1998. But in January, U.S. dealers (including Mercedes-Benz of Annapolis) began to sell the "ultra-urban" car. Besides being easy to park, the Smart car gets 33 miles to the gallon in the city and has the look of a friendly dune buggy. And with gas approaching $4 a gallon, smaller seems smarter every day.
Issue date: April, 2008