Can you make long distance trips in a smart car?

by Regina
(Houston, TX)

I'd like to drive from Houston to Denver and back. Would this be possible in a smart car?


Answer: Great question, Regina, and one we've longed to explore ourselves! In fact, we'd planned a trip from Boise, Idaho to southern Colorado this summer, but had to change our plans. So, we never got to try it out.

Here are the issues... previous years' models didn't come with cruise control (though I've had it added as an aftermarket upgrade). Traveling long distance without cruise control can be tiring, though obviously it's still do-able.

Storage space in a smart car, though more roomy than most outsiders think, can still be limited. And that could make long distance travel more challenging. You'd have to pack light!

The smart car's short wheelbase can mean a bumpy ride at times, so that could be a factor, depending on where you're driving.

And finally... if you drive in automated mode, you might feel as though your pickup is a little sluggish going up steep grades. I always drive in manual mode, so that hasn't been an issue for me.

Have fun on your trip!

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Jun 12, 2015
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Jan 28, 2015
OLD - smart owner NEW
by: Marc Williams

My SMART passion lease is up in April, 15 Im a REALTOR in NJ and use the SMART as a marketing tool. Have 12,000 miles / year and i'm about 98% true to that. Sold a BMW 325i before the smart.
It's CHEAP to run. and since i was raised on MG Midgets and Austin Healeys back in the 60's this car is just plan cool. Did i say FAST - NO. but at my age- born in 45- fast is a thing of the past for me.
my 12 grand kids want me to be alive @95.

Jan 28, 2015
OLD - smart owner NEW
by: Marc Williams

My SMART passion lease is up in April, 15 Im a REALTOR in NJ and use the SMART as a marketing tool. Have 12,000 miles / year and i'm about 98% true to that. Sold a BMW 325i before the smart.
It's CHEAP to run. and since i was raised on MG Midgets and Austin Healeys back in the 60's this car is just plan cool. Did i say FAST - NO. but at my age- born in 45- fast is a thing of the past for me.
my 12 grand kids want me to be alive @95.

May 21, 2014
Thanks for the great info NEW
by: Ed NewSmart

I just got my Smart a couple weeks ago and I love it! I bought it to use as a second car but I am loving how easy it is to drive and park. I am giving my 1st car a break! I will be making my first long distance trip in a few weeks. I will be sure to post how it goes!

Mar 16, 2014
Long distance trip in a smart car NEW
by: Ron

I live in Denver Colorado and purchased my first smart for two about 6 months ago. I bought it on E-Bay out of Dallas Texas and was a little leary about driving it the 900 miles back to Denver. The car performed flawlessly. I drove with a frend of mine with the air conditioning on at
70-85 miles per hour the whole way. The mileage was not great at that speed,37 MPG 3500-4000 rpm but the car did great. When I got it home I decided I liked it enough to look for a Brabus edition,I found the one I wanted in Los Angeles. My wife and I flew out and drove the 1100 miles back to Denver in 2 days with no issues. The car ran perfectly and we even ran into heavy snow about 200 miles west of Denver. I am a true fan...the cars are fantastic and even without cruise control, they do very well on the highway.

Nov 18, 2012
Windy!! NEW
by: Larry Ziman

Hello,I drove my 450 from Chicago to home a distance of over 500 miles with no problems at all. I have had problems arize in very windy conditions with keeping the car centered in the road. Just cut the speed down and hold on. Hope this helps in your decision.

Oct 24, 2011
Road Trip!!!!!
by: Anonymous

We've done Monterey, CA to El Paso round trip six (6) times in two years. Great time. Pack to fit space, not to fit you. It may mean using a hotel laundry. You'll be the most popular person at fuel stops. We invite people to have a seat when they're curious. Uphills are fun; three 3/4 ton diesel four door pickups roaring up the hill. One sees a Smart in mirror approaching fast and down goes their throttle! Black smoke pouring out as we glide by only to be passed on the downhill because "I'm not letting that thing beat me!". More than once there was a trooper at hill bottom...........

Do it!

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