StarshipAngel: Perhaps if Americans would embrace diesel engines in their cars, it could be done.
Kurmudgeon: StarshipAngel: Perhaps if Americans would embrace diesel engines in their cars, it could be done.The problem isn't Americans, it's the corporations and regulations.Most domestic brands as well as quite a few imports have European versions with a diesel available, but won't pass regulations here for one reason or another./loves my Cummins Dodge, it's just a bit big.
IvanTheSilent: dumbobruni: IvanTheSilent: dumbobruni: Noticeably F.A.T.: dumbobruni: has the IIHS tested any larger cars like this? oh no, of course not.Testing larger cars against larger cars? They already do that, but it's just called 'testing'.citation needed.Why would we need to cite this? You've got the SMART, which is slightly smaller than your average teapartier on a mobility scooter, and then you've got stuff like the Escalade. It's pretty sensable to test to see how a SMART (or any sub-compact) would stand up to getting hit by something like a Escalade. How much sense would it make to have a special test to see how an Escalade stands up to an even larger vehicle?congrats on agreeing with my original point.the IIHS created a special test only for small cars, testing them against bigger vehicles in crash tests, as a way to argue that small cars are unsafe. that test against the Smart is a big reason why people shiat on the Smart's safety.however, the IIHS has not subjected any car class above the subcompacts to a similar test.the IIHS has also never tested the Escalade for anything...no offset crashes, nor side impacts. Odd, no?I can see you're not getting the point. An Escalade is not a SMART. If you're in an Escalade and get hit by an International going 60, you stand a chance of surviving. If you're in a SMART and get hit by that same International going 60, you are well and truly farked. The reason why the IIHS tests sub-compacts against larger vehicles is because you are likely to encounter a vehicle larger than yours if you are driving a sub-compact. It's likely you will encounter people bigger than your SMART. It is possible, but unlikely, that you will encounter a vehicle larger than a full-sized SUV.It's not some conspiracy, it's not some devious plot to say sub-compacts are more dangerous. Of course if you get hit by a vehicle larger than yours, you're screwed. It's just that if you're driving a SMART, a fattie in a hoverround is larger t ...
dumbobruni: IvanTheSilent: dumbobruni: IvanTheSilent: dumbobruni: Noticeably F.A.T.: dumbobruni: Blah blah blah ...
Noticeably F.A.T.: IvanTheSilent: It's just that if you're driving a SMART, a fattie in a hoverround is larger than you.I'm pretty sure I could fark one up with my motorcycle.
clear_prop: jaybeezey: Millennium: What is it about Smart cars that inspires so much hatred, anyway?For me it's their poor price to performance ratio. You can get a lot more car for the money with a Chevy Spark or Ford Fiesta.For the size of the car, it gets really bad mileage. The Toyota Yaris, Honda Fit and a bunch of other cars in that class get about the same mileage and can hold four people and some stuff.The only thing Smart cars do well is park in tight spaces, and that really isn't an issue in the US the way it is in Europe.
clowncar on fire: [assets.inhabitat.com image 537x320]There are alternatives: meet the 1.3l IQ from Scion
dumbobruni: cruise control isn't standard in many cars. neither are Sirius radios...heck, that's an option on Mercedes.
MaxxLarge: Oh. My. God. I was watching this, and thought to myself, "Needs moar Yakety Sax." Then I saw this:[hostmypicture.com image 633x151]Well-played, Jalopnik. Well. Played.
natazha: Saw a Smart car the other day with a windup key, like they used to put on VW Bugs. My wife is too young to remember the original Bug, but we both LOL.The only person I know that had a Smart car got rid of it because it couldn't accelerate on left turns.
dofus: Millennium: What is it about Smart cars that inspires so much hatred, anyway?Same as the Prius I guess.There's one around here that's pink and white with touches of purple I think. Looks like a giant tenny shoe.
Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: Right as I clicked on the "play this in the background," I had a feeling of what song it was going to be before the page actually loaded and I was right!
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