Aren’t they dangerous?
All of these tiny coupes are equipped with multiple airbags to protect both the driver and front-seat passenger. And to keep you from needing the airbags, each model also employs driving aids such as vehicle stability and traction control. However, your high school physics would remind you that a 2,000-pound car may take the brunt of the F = ma against a 4,000-pound SUV. Even if the equation isn’t in their favor, the flyweight cars do receive acceptable and even some good ratings in crash tests.Read More:
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Will my NBA power forward friend fit inside?
Nobody will mistake the interior of these cars for a Ford Expedition’s. But the front seats in each model offer enough room for those several inches over the 6-foot mark. There might not be a lot of room to move around once your pal is in the seat, but it should be plenty comfortable. Only the Mini and the Fiat have real backseats, and with a little cooperation from the front seat passengers, a full-size adult should be OK on a short trip. The Scion’s backseats could handle hobbits, and the Smart doesn’t even try.
The city car category features two sizes: small and extra-small. Many buyers may simply stop at external styling, as all four cars have a look that will stir up some emotion. But if you’re a real urban dweller who fights a daily battle for parking, look at either the Smart or Scion. If you think you might carry more than one passenger or are willing to pay to get behind the wheel of a fun-to-drive car that can make the occasional road trip, think Mini or Fiat. They all get 37 or 38 mpg on the freeway, which is good but not great for such small cars.
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