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Smart Cars, Fuel Efficiency, and Hybrids are The Way of The Future

Are You Over Your Gas-Guzzler Vehicle?

I've seen more of these little guys puttering around the city lately — especially since BellaSugar and George Clooney took one for a test drive — and in case you've never spotted one yourself, let me introduce you to the Smart Car! This pint-sized eco car is said to get up to 45 miles per gallon on the highway, and for all you commuters, that means less pain at the pump!

With Nissan announcing Monday that it will follow suit of GM, Ford, and Toyota and scale back on the production of SUVs and turn their focus to more fuel-efficient rides, I think you might be seeing more Smarts and Hybrids on the roads soon. This is certainly good news for not only Mother Earth, but for drivers as well, since hybrids are bound to become more affordable with more of them hitting the roads.

Now that fuel-efficient technology is becoming more mainstream (and in higher demand), will you consider dumping your SUV for a more eco- and pocket-friendly car?

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droguedemusique droguedemusique 8 years
NO CAR! BIKE! (public transportation is all I need)
droguedemusique droguedemusique 8 years
NO CAR!BIKE!(public transportation is all I need)
fredonica fredonica 8 years
tatiana21, I feel your pain...except I was rear-ended in my NEW car, a Chevy Cobalt LT.On topic though, my sister is paying off her SUV this summer and then getting a car (probably a 4 dr, because she doesn't like coupes). I was going to buy a small SUV in February, since I live in Minnesota and something with 4 wheel drive is nice to have in winter, but a car is just cheaper in sooo many ways.
fredonica fredonica 8 years
tatiana21, I feel your pain...except I was rear-ended in my NEW car, a Chevy Cobalt LT. On topic though, my sister is paying off her SUV this summer and then getting a car (probably a 4 dr, because she doesn't like coupes). I was going to buy a small SUV in February, since I live in Minnesota and something with 4 wheel drive is nice to have in winter, but a car is just cheaper in sooo many ways.
pinkserendipity pinkserendipity 8 years
i actually saw a Smart car on the freeway the other day. it was the most tiniest car i have ever seen. cute, but i question its safety among larger vehicles it will have to share with on the road.
LOVErickii LOVErickii 8 years
i'm carless right now but i do plan on getting a yaris in the future =]
lorus1 lorus1 8 years
My car history: a Ford focus hatchback and Dodge Caliber. I'd never own a big suv or mini van. I don't like overly cushy vehicles because they lead to safety over-confidence. A small car that lets you hear the degree of slush getting caught in the wheel wells during the winter will tell you when you're about to lose control long before a quiet and insulated suv would, for example.Same goes with gravel. A noisier car tells you what the road conditions are like and you can drive appropriately.Overrall, the more vulnerable you feel in your vehicle, the safer you'll drive and more attention will be paid to your immediate environment. As a result, in 20 years of driving, I've never had a single accident or ticket.It's easier to park a smaller car (technique and availability of spaces).Then there's gas. I hate buying gas, even when it was only 46 cents a litre.
lorus1 lorus1 8 years
My car history: a Ford focus hatchback and Dodge Caliber. I'd never own a big suv or mini van. I don't like overly cushy vehicles because they lead to safety over-confidence. A small car that lets you hear the degree of slush getting caught in the wheel wells during the winter will tell you when you're about to lose control long before a quiet and insulated suv would, for example. Same goes with gravel. A noisier car tells you what the road conditions are like and you can drive appropriately. Overrall, the more vulnerable you feel in your vehicle, the safer you'll drive and more attention will be paid to your immediate environment. As a result, in 20 years of driving, I've never had a single accident or ticket. It's easier to park a smaller car (technique and availability of spaces). Then there's gas. I hate buying gas, even when it was only 46 cents a litre.
kiwigeek kiwigeek 8 years
I love smart cars! and with gas at $2 here my point is justified...
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 8 years
The smart cars are great but not that great looking. And SUV's are now a pain in the behind, now having to deal with such high gas prices. I heard on the news the other day that gas was going to stay at $4 until August. And the only change that would come is for it to stay at $4 or get even higher.
tatiana21 tatiana21 8 years
I had a Saturn that got fabulous gas mileage-40-45 mpg!!!!!! Yesterday though, an older man in an F-350 rear ended me at a red light and totaled my car :( I hate the fact that because he was a bad driver and had a huge truck, I have to buy a new car....I don't know how to break the cycle of people feeling they need big cars to protect themselves, because I don't feel safe driving next to them!
CrazySexyCool CrazySexyCool 8 years
For its size, the smart fourtwo does not get any where near the gas mileage it should. I am holding out for the new Chevy Volt in 2010. It is projected to get 150 MPG as a plug in hybrid. And the first 40 miles will be 100% Gasoline free. Which means if your trip to and from work is less than that - you may never need to fill up at the pump again. Oh - and it costs less than $1 per day to charge the batteries using a standard home outlet. Good bye oil! In case you haven't heard yet. The XPrize foundation has set up a challenge for automakers called the Auto XPrize. Its a series of races for common cars where the auto must get at least 100 MPG.
CrazySexyCool CrazySexyCool 8 years
For its size, the smart fourtwo does not get any where near the gas mileage it should. I am holding out for the new Chevy Volt in 2010. It is projected to get 150 MPG as a plug in hybrid. And the first 40 miles will be 100% Gasoline free. Which means if your trip to and from work is less than that - you may never need to fill up at the pump again. Oh - and it costs less than $1 per day to charge the batteries using a standard home outlet. Good bye oil!In case you haven't heard yet. The XPrize foundation has set up a challenge for automakers called the Auto XPrize. Its a series of races for common cars where the auto must get at least 100 MPG.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 8 years
I've never had a gas guzzler, my car gets about 30 mpg yet has 200 hp.
uptown_girl uptown_girl 8 years
I drive a Jetta. Love it. I never want to own an SUV, minivan, or truck. But we'll see what happens, because in the future I want 3 kids!
rubygrrl42 rubygrrl42 8 years
Environmental responsibility is more than just buying a fuel efficient vehicle. Raw materials and a lot of energy go into building a car. The vehicle itself is frequently one big petroleum product. So, is it greener to hold onto your car for as long as possible, or to buy yet another car and have to deal with the waste that is a vehicle?
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 8 years
While I hate paying so much for gas, I NEED the space.
faerymagick15 faerymagick15 8 years
I have a Honda Odyssey minivan that I absolutely love. I can't deal with less space so I am stuck. BUT...I have researched cars that I like and none of them get any better gas mileage than my Odyssey.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 8 years
I have never owned a gas guzzler. I drive my little compact cars. Not tiny cars, just compact. LOL!
Happsmjc Happsmjc 8 years
I think SUV's are needed for some people with more than 2 children, so I don't dislike them. I've been driving one for a few years now. My first was actually great on gas...my tank held 17 gallons and lasted forever. Now my tank hold 20 and lasts 1/2 as long (my brother explained that this is because I have more cylinders or something?). The other day it was well over $80 to fill up---eeek! But, there is not reliable public transportation where I live :( I love driving SUV's for carpooling and all the room, but when my lease is up I'm def. getting a smaller car.
Zivanod Zivanod 8 years
We've had the SmartCar in Canada for a while now and it is surprisingly roomy for the driver/passenger, but there is no storage! I wish they'd bring the forfour over from Europe.
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 8 years
I hate that people feel they need SUV's to protect themselves from SUV's. How will Americans break the cycle?
enSue enSue 8 years
I never owned an SUV. I own a fuel efficient Ford Focus. However, if I were to ever own a second vehicle, I would definitely purchase a Smart Car. I have wanted one since I first learned about them a year or so ago, and viewed several models in person last year. I am starting to see more Smart Cars in my area, and am glad of it! I hope the Smart Car gains a lot of popularity so other automobile manufacturers follow suit. I would highly consider an American-made version of the Smart Car.
beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
i don't have a car, but i'd get a hybrid or smart if i ever needed one (like if i move to a city with not great public transit).
hightechlipgloss hightechlipgloss 8 years
Thank God for public transportation, my legs and my bike!
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