When I first wrote that I was going to test drive a Smart Fortwo car for a week, a commenter warned me to stay off the 400 series highways. That's all I needed to hear. The first thing I did when I got the keys from Mercedez-Benz this morning was hit the 401 and 403.
At 120 km/h everything felt fine. I can now vouch for the fact that the Smart Car can go on the highway. It really didn't take long to get used to the fact you're the smallest thing on the road. It was a lot of fun, and you can parallel park into freakishly small spots.
As much as I love the size of the Smart Fortwo, that's also its greatest weakness. At least it is for a father of two. If I have to get the kids somewhere, the Smart Fortwo is simply not an option. Even without passengers there's a storage issue. My laptop filled up half of the "trunk".
To be fair, I don't think anyone expects the Smart Car to have much storage space. The joy of this car is that's it's tiny, but you never feel unsafe. I'm going to try and break this sucker over the next week and I'll report back on how I did.