EDITORS NOTEBOOK: 2008 Smart ForTwo Cabriolet, Day 1

Automobile Staff
2008 Smart Fortwo Cabriolet Front View

Read Joe Lorio's comments on driving the 2008 Smart ForTwo Cabriolet.

I've dropped my kid off at elementary school in all manner of automotive exotica, but nothing got more of a reaction than the Smart. Maybe because it looks like a toy car, or something they can drive themselves, but the under-ten crowd is all over this thing. Unfortunately, once you've spent some time behind the wheel, it's easy to understand why this car is best appreciated by those without a driver's license. The biggest problem is the transmission - you pull out into traffic and the car goes for the 1-2 upshift and it's as if someone reached over and killed the ignition. You wait, and you wait, and just as traffic is bearing down on you . . . at last! Second. Geez. A real manual, please.

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