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Tundralimited2009

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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2011 5:31:23 PM

Want is the fuel comsumsion for these two cars?
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NotCook
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 5:34:27 PM

Having owned a smart fortwo, I'd have to vote for it. It isn't an extreme economy car at about 37-39 MPG, but the size is an advantage, absurdly easy to park, surprising interior roominess, and a NASCAR class protective roll cage that makes it relatively safe. But, we traded it in for the Chevy Volt, because we needed a back seat for a child seat, and we like buying gas for it only once every 3-4 months.

[Edited by: NotCook at 1/13/2013 5:35:37 PM EST]
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mnrick041
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 8:57:54 PM

I would not want either. You can get as good or better MPG out of a mid sized Hybrid without sacrificing your safety on the road.

When it comes to safety bigger is better and in a world dominated by heavier cars I would not want to be the one driving one of these Micro Cars in a accident.

Safety consquences of vehicle size and weight
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alphanyr
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 1:59:44 PM

FIAT
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medic6133
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 1:19:15 PM

I don't know about the fuel consumption but I wouldn't want either of those cars.
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rick_evans
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 12:58:31 PM

@gvan

"I have a friend who gets 20 mpg with a Corolla in city driving."

Your friend sounds like a lead footed jack rabbit. I've never had a problem getting 30 in New York or Boston and 37 to 41 on the highway.
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luvmyburgi
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 11:30:55 AM

neither
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MertieMan
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 8:03:00 AM

If I were in the market for one of these cars I would buy the Scion IQ.
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Banjoe
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 8:37:36 AM

The Fiat 500 is too cool for words. Perfect sized city car.

I'm looking forward to a major manufacturer bringing out a quality vehicle of this size and finish.
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IAMCANADIAN73
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 6:38:39 AM

500
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RalphHightower
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 6:17:50 AM

500
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dgsteven
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 5:00:51 AM

smart
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greg531
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2011 2:36:23 AM

Why would you want either of these very small cars?
They are not very good on gas,for their size, they are expensive compared to a larger car, and the larger car like the Cruze and the Focus gets about the same gas mileage, can fit 5 people, and rides a lot better, and can get some groceries in it....and fixing it would be cheaper, and would probably last a lot longer, and they use cheaper regular gas.....and and and....
I don't need a baby buggy!
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PawsVette
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Message Posted: Oct 15, 2011 12:15:10 AM

Smart better mpg
NEITHER is a good dollar value
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fondupot
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Message Posted: Oct 14, 2011 9:34:26 AM

for sure the fiat.
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silvia1486
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2011 10:23:25 PM

Fiat 500c over smartcar anytime...
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tsnatcha
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2011 4:15:22 PM

Fiat 30/38. Smart 33/41 (info from a google search). I like the Fiat over the smart but I've always wanted a Mini over any compact car. To me the Fiat dominates the Smart when it comes to aesthetics. But their both pretty cool cars to me..
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dpleticha
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Message Posted: Oct 8, 2011 6:09:05 PM

I would pick the Fiat over the SmartCar.
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gvan
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Message Posted: Oct 8, 2011 8:40:50 AM

I saw a Fiat 500 this week....first one seen on the road.
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Gypsy_tech
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Message Posted: Oct 5, 2011 3:14:59 PM

I just purchassed a Chevy Cruze ECO with a manual transmission. Better choice then either of the two here in my opinion.
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10on3
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Message Posted: Oct 5, 2011 10:56:59 AM

don't want either.
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the1roadhog
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Message Posted: Oct 5, 2011 8:46:44 AM

One is a penalty box of a car, the other is why the acronym was tendered: Fix It Again, Tony.
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jimmy544
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Message Posted: Oct 5, 2011 8:33:59 AM

The "smart" car looks really stupid to me. I call stupid cars. I will take the Fiat.
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gobux10
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Message Posted: Oct 5, 2011 7:05:38 AM

would expect better mpg given their size and weight
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RalphHightower
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Message Posted: Oct 5, 2011 6:14:08 AM

The Fiat about $3000 more than a Smart, but I'd pick the Fiat over the Smart. The Fiat has to be more fun than the Smart besides providing a bit more utility.
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Pete72
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2011 12:32:29 PM

not worth the price
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gvan
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2011 11:24:14 AM

"When I see these small vehicles, I expect considerably more gas mileage than what my wife gets with her Corolla."

I have a friend who gets 20 mpg with a Corolla in city driving. It is all short trips but I thought this car should be getting 24-25 mpg in the city.
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VetteBlue
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2011 10:41:23 AM

Time to check out the Fiat. The smart car did not look very promising.
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VictoriaIL
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2011 10:32:52 AM

good
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jpgilmor
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2011 10:10:29 AM

Neither.
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OilerFan
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2011 9:59:59 AM

When I see these small vehicles, I expect considerably more gas mileage than what my wife gets with her Corolla.
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jes
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2011 9:35:21 AM

Not that good for such small vehicles. My '89 Geo Metro got better.
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jimmy544
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2011 8:30:23 AM

Gvan Modern cars have knock sensors that retard the engine timing. The statements that I have seen regarding premium fuel requirements is Premium fuel is required to get the stated performance specifications. The reason that the gov. makes this a law is that there are many places in the back country where there is a diesel pump and a regular gas pump and nothing else. I will try to find a reference.
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gougedQC
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2011 8:23:04 AM

wish they still made the 3-cyl suzuki swift-metro-firefly.

these were better than either smart or 500 in all aspects including load carrying capacity, and fuel economy,, they were certainly quick enough-probably out accelerate either of the other two, and more agile.
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MertieMan
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2011 8:14:13 AM

I wouldn't have either of these accidents.
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gvan
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2011 9:51:40 AM

"All cars by law must be able to use regular without damage."

I sure would like to see a reference or link to this. I have a hard time believing this is true when an auto manufacturer says premium is required. If the auto manufacturer said premium is recommended I would agree that regular can be used.
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jimmy544
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2011 6:36:58 PM

But all cars can burn regular you just won't get the maximum performance if you do use regular gas. All cars by law must be able to use regular without damage. So a new car will be able to use regular without damage. It is likely that unless you do drag racing you will notice the difference.
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gvan
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2011 3:06:32 PM

EPA estimated mpg for the Smart car (gasoline) is 33 mpg city/41 mpg highway. The Fiat 500 (manual transmission) gets 30 mpg city/38 mpg highway. The Fiat 500 (automatic transmission) gets 27 mpg city/34 mpg highway. Both use premium gasoline.
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