Do all smart cars have manual transmissions?

by Susan
(Dallas, TX)

I'm kind of intrigued by this new smart car, but I heard they have a manual transmission and I don't know how to drive a stick. Plus, I just prefer the automatic transmission... too many other things to worry about when you're driving, without having to worry about shifting gears!

So, can you tell me about the smart car transmission?

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Aug 11, 2010
Yes and No...
by: Jim, the Smart Car Guy

Actually, in the U.S., all smart cars have both an automatic and a manual transmission. You can switch between them at will. Or, to be more accurate, American smart cars have what is known as an "automated manual transmission". (Click the link to get a more detailed explanation from me on what that means.)

Even if you can't or don't like driving a traditional stick shift, I don't think you'd have any trouble with the smart version. You see, there's no clutch to worry about... just a stick and/or paddle shifters on the steering wheel. Super easy to master!

I recommend you take a smart car for a test drive... and see for yourself how easy they are to drive. Not to mention pure fun!

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