That's where the Smart gets really dumb. For roughly the Smart Passion's well-equipped price of $15,510, one could have several pint-sized models — the terrific Honda Fit or Nissan Versa come to mind — that are sportier, hold twice as many people, up to six times the cargo and get nearly the same mileage. (Fold the Versa hatchback's rear seats, and there's 50 cubic feet of storage, compared with just 7.8 cubic feet for the Smart).
Here's what you won't be hauling in the Smart's hatch: a cart full of groceries, a guitar case, golf bag or two medium suitcases. And the Smart's silly pickup-style tailgate forces you to lean against the open gate and reach to grab your stuff.
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