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08 Dec 2012 01:07 PM   |   15556 clicks   |   CBC
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Electrify     
The most frustrating thing about these kinds of cars in North America is that they are so weighed down with airbags and other safety essentials that they don't get much better mileage than a standard subcompact. A Scion iQ gets 37 MPG on the highway, which i less than a Ford Fiesta at 40 MPG. Meanwhile the iQ in Europe comes in at about 45 MPG.

08 Dec 2012 10:29 AM
ZAZ    [TotalFark]  
squeezing her tiny Smart micro-car between two cars parked at meters

If she does that to me she's going to find her micro-car crunched into a nano-car when I try to pull out.

/ITG

08 Dec 2012 11:16 AM
Marcus Aurelius    [TotalFark]  

Electrify: The most frustrating thing about these kinds of cars in North America is that they are so weighed down with airbags and other safety essentials that they don't get much better mileage than a standard subcompact. A Scion iQ gets 37 MPG on the highway, which i less than a Ford Fiesta at 40 MPG. Meanwhile the iQ in Europe comes in at about 45 MPG.


You said it. 1982 Honda Civics got 50 to 60 MPG on the highway, and close to 50 around town.

08 Dec 2012 11:18 AM
Because People in power are Stupid     

08 Dec 2012 11:21 AM
St_Francis_P     

Electrify: The most frustrating thing about these kinds of cars in North America is that they are so weighed down with airbags and other safety essentials that they don't get much better mileage than a standard subcompact. A Scion iQ gets 37 MPG on the highway, which i less than a Ford Fiesta at 40 MPG. Meanwhile the iQ in Europe comes in at about 45 MPG.


I doubt the safety equipment is entirely to blame. Looks like the European model gets a smaller engine, 1.0L vs. 1.3L for the US market, and is not available here with the 1.4L turbo-diesel:

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08 Dec 2012 11:36 AM
unlikely     
In the 80s my Honda CRX was pulling ~575 miles on a tank that was a little bigger than 10 gallons.

Now I ride a motorcycle that barely gets the mileage my CRX did.

08 Dec 2012 11:39 AM
unlikely     

St_Francis_P: I doubt the safety equipment is entirely to blame. Looks like the European model gets a smaller engine, 1.0L vs. 1.3L for the US market, and is not available here with the 1.4L turbo-diesel:


I know it's an apples/oranges comparison, but my CRX had a 1.5 liter engine

08 Dec 2012 11:45 AM
unyon    [TotalFark]  
This is why I love to drive my wife's Honda Fit. If you got the parking skills, that farker can be stuffed just about anywhere.

08 Dec 2012 11:50 AM
vpb    [TotalFark]  

Electrify: The most frustrating thing about these kinds of cars in North America is that they are so weighed down with airbags and other safety essentials that they don't get much better mileage than a standard subcompact. A Scion iQ gets 37 MPG on the highway, which i less than a Ford Fiesta at 40 MPG. Meanwhile the iQ in Europe comes in at about 45 MPG.


It would be cool if we could die screaming bloody deaths more often.

08 Dec 2012 11:54 AM
ZAZ    [TotalFark]  
It would be cool if we could die screaming bloody deaths more often.

There was an Orson Scott Card science fiction short story with that theme, but I forget the title. Probably from late 1970s or early 1980s.

08 Dec 2012 12:03 PM
Barfmaker    [TotalFark]  
How do the pollution controls compare here vs Europe?

08 Dec 2012 12:47 PM
BarkingUnicorn     
Wherever I've lived it was illegal to park your car so that it overlapped two metered spaces.

08 Dec 2012 01:07 PM
MFAWG     

St_Francis_P: Electrify: The most frustrating thing about these kinds of cars in North America is that they are so weighed down with airbags and other safety essentials that they don't get much better mileage than a standard subcompact. A Scion iQ gets 37 MPG on the highway, which i less than a Ford Fiesta at 40 MPG. Meanwhile the iQ in Europe comes in at about 45 MPG.

I doubt the safety equipment is entirely to blame. Looks like the European model gets a smaller engine, 1.0L vs. 1.3L for the US market, and is not available here with the 1.4L turbo-diesel:

Link

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One of the ways they tax cars is by displacement, and I believe some countries charge tolls that way.

08 Dec 2012 01:10 PM
fjnorton    [TotalFark]  
An they are so safe
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08 Dec 2012 01:13 PM
DeathByGeekSquad     
I demand that the parking lines be repainted to fix this discrepancy. Equality for all.

08 Dec 2012 01:14 PM
Kraftwerk Orange     
The Smart car is designed to be parked nose-in/tail-in in a typical parallel spot.

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08 Dec 2012 01:16 PM
Fart_Machine     

unyon: This is why I love to drive my wife's Honda Fit. If you got the parking skills, that farker can be stuffed just about anywhere.


It has a decent sized back seat area and the trunk space is pretty roomy once you pull the rear seats down.

08 Dec 2012 01:17 PM
Le Bomb Suprize     
I predict one day she will come out to a busted headlight and dented front end, which she will be able to pay for with three months of saving $5 a day in parking fee's.

08 Dec 2012 01:18 PM
ParaHandy     
In Europe, it's not unusual to see two Smarts sharing a full size space that they paid for, and that's kosher. Some cities also have small end-in spaces for micro-cars, e.g. Rome. What this lady is doing is freeloading and clearly only works because she is the only person in her town doing it.

08 Dec 2012 01:19 PM
Fart_Machine     

fjnorton: An they are so safe
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You can die in a car accident regardless of the size of the vehicle.

08 Dec 2012 01:19 PM
picturescrazy     

Kraftwerk Orange: The Smart car is designed to be parked nose-in/tail-in in a typical parallel spot.


I'm not going to be ITG but I would call whoever I could to get that care towed as it blocked me in. I don't know if that sort of option exists though as my parking is all done in lots.

08 Dec 2012 01:21 PM
Quantumbunny     
You mean by parking illegally Subby? She's a pretentious biatch driving a shiatty car powered by smug. That $12,000+ car costs more, gets worse gas mileage, is less safe, and does more damage to the environment than dozens of adult vehicles.

Good luck with her ever getting out of those tickets. Rules be rules... park in between the lines, not strattling them, 1 car per spot/meter... Think motorcyclists need 1 per space? No. Think it's legal for people just because they could park in between legal spaces to do so?

If I was a cop, I'd hit my monthly quota in a day or two with nothing but cars like these parked illegally, expired registrations in public lots, failed parallel parking attempts, and people generally being idiots on the road (not signal lane changes, turning into lanes other than the proper one, people blocking traffic by going too slowly or by attempting to turn where there are no protected lanes and cutouts).

08 Dec 2012 01:21 PM
BadReligion    [TotalFark]  

Electrify: The most frustrating thing about these kinds of cars in North America is that they are so weighed down with airbags and other safety essentials that they don't get much better mileage than a standard subcompact. A Scion iQ gets 37 MPG on the highway, which i less than a Ford Fiesta at 40 MPG. Meanwhile the iQ in Europe comes in at about 45 MPG.


Are you sure that isn't due to an imperial gallon be equal to 1.2009 US gallons.?

08 Dec 2012 01:22 PM
BadReligion    [TotalFark]  

BadReligion: Electrify: The most frustrating thing about these kinds of cars in North America is that they are so weighed down with airbags and other safety essentials that they don't get much better mileage than a standard subcompact. A Scion iQ gets 37 MPG on the highway, which i less than a Ford Fiesta at 40 MPG. Meanwhile the iQ in Europe comes in at about 45 MPG.

Are you sure that isn't due to an imperial gallon being equal to 1.2009 US gallons?


08 Dec 2012 01:23 PM
Don Piano     
Cars should be taxed by how much they pollute. Period.
Emissions test only.

08 Dec 2012 01:24 PM
Jedekai     
On the other end of the spectrum:

My father owned a 2000 Ford Excursion with an Allison package, raising the weight from it's already enormous 7,500 pounds to nearly 10,000 thanks to a 7.4 Liter Ford Performance V-10 engine (instead of 6.8L Triton V-10) and massive axles meant for pulling about a ton and a half of cabinetry and tools... or what have you.

It got about 8 in city and 16 on the highway. He then installed a new chip from Saleen.

It got an impressive 14 in city and 22 on the highway. All for the cost of $300.

Technology is always going to trump tiny and cute.

/We're getting the Ford Fiesta with the 2.0L 4-banger and supercharger next year - but it's going to be labeled as a "FPV" designation - meaning you're going to have to put your deposit down and wait until they call you.

08 Dec 2012 01:25 PM
dforkus     
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Marcus Aurelius: Electrify: The most frustrating thing about these kinds of cars in North America is that they are so weighed down with airbags and other safety essentials that they don't get much better mileage than a standard subcompact. A Scion iQ gets 37 MPG on the highway, which i less than a Ford Fiesta at 40 MPG. Meanwhile the iQ in Europe comes in at about 45 MPG.

You said it. 1982 Honda Civics got 50 to 60 MPG on the highway, and close to 50 around town.


MPG is measured differently that in was back then
Cars are FAR safer then they were back then, side impact door beams, airbags, and improved seats, which is extremely important in rear end collisions, far better crumple zones.

They're also faster, much faster, you can get a Toyota Camry that will do 0-60 in 5.8 seconds now, that would seem like some kind of ludicrous misprint 25 years ago...

And ask anyone who has ever worked closed head injury rehab how cars are being needlessly weighed down with side curtain airbags....

08 Dec 2012 01:25 PM
Honest Bender    [TotalFark]  
A Halifax woman says she's found a way to beat expensive downtown parking by squeezing her tiny Smart micro-car between two cars parked at meters. parking illegally.

Wow. What an innovative solution...

08 Dec 2012 01:26 PM
Day_Old_Dutchie     
You think that the Smart Car is a small car?

THIS is a small car!

08 Dec 2012 01:29 PM
RogermcAllen     

picturescrazy: Kraftwerk Orange: The Smart car is designed to be parked nose-in/tail-in in a typical parallel spot.

I'm not going to be ITG but I would call whoever I could to get that care towed as it blocked me in. I don't know if that sort of option exists though as my parking is all done in lots.


I was wondering about this one.

When you put money in the meter, what happens legally? Are you engaged in a rental agreement where you purchase the rights to park within the bounds of your spots until the meter expires? Do you have rights to have people towed from your spot? Does the owner of the spot have an obligation to keep your spot clear of obstructions?


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ZAZ: If she does that to me she's going to find her micro-car crunched into a nano-car when I try to pull out.


08 Dec 2012 01:29 PM
breakfast_in_bedlam     
Big Whoop.

/My only vehicle is a XR650L

08 Dec 2012 01:30 PM
tricycleracer     
A Smart is nearly a perfect square. You can pull straight into a parallel space.

08 Dec 2012 01:30 PM
ElLoco     
"I thought, if I can fit, why not?"

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08 Dec 2012 01:30 PM
fjnorton    [TotalFark]  

Fart_Machine: fjnorton: An they are so safe
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You can die in a car accident regardless of the size of the vehicle.


Um going 80 mph yes but get read-ended by a truck in one of those and its going to be on top of you vs behind you.

08 Dec 2012 01:30 PM
wingnut396     
Micro-cars are trendy, fuel efficient, and you can park wherever you want for free if you get creative want to a cheap and easy method of getting it dented and damaged from the cars you parked between.

08 Dec 2012 01:31 PM
Fart_Machine     

fjnorton: Fart_Machine: fjnorton: An they are so safe
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You can die in a car accident regardless of the size of the vehicle.

Um going 80 mph yes but get read-ended by a truck in one of those and its going to be on top of you vs behind you.


You don't have to be going 80 to flip a vehicle or get hit from the side while stationary.

08 Dec 2012 01:32 PM
mccallcl     

Electrify: they are so weighed down with airbags and other safety essentials


Not true. Other Western cars are just as safe as ours. They just don't come with as much sound dampening, sat-navery, bumpin bass, cupholders, huge seats, huge door openings, exterior bling and other douchebag features. Europeans don't place as high a value on comfort while driving as we do, because they don't drive 4 hours a day and are not too fat to fit inside a normal car.

Marcus Aurelius: You said it. 1982 Honda Civics got 50 to 60 MPG on the highway, and close to 50 around town.


My 1975 Civic CVCC gets such good mileage I can't be bothered to keep track. In the 50s? Plus it can take leaded gasoline, for after the apocalypse destroys refineries. Of course, it is a deathtrap, terrifying to drive/ride in, invisible to everyone, gets clowned constantly (groups of drunks try to pick it up and move it so much, I don't park it where I can't watch it), will never get me laid, and only comes in colors you would paint a traffic barrier.

08 Dec 2012 01:32 PM
BadReligion    [TotalFark]  
Any time I see a Smart car here in Vegas, I have to wonder what the owner was thinking. We have a very spread out city with people doing a lot of freeway driving, and the whole city was built on free parking in huge garages or valet. The only place you see a parking meter is downtown, and there is also the option for free parking at casinos there.

08 Dec 2012 01:33 PM
BillyRayBob     
I've tried that "It's so small you'll hardly even notice it" dodge before.

08 Dec 2012 01:34 PM
Coming on a Bicycle     

Quantumbunny: You mean by parking illegally Subby? She's a pretentious biatch driving a shiatty car powered by smug. That $12,000+ car costs more, gets worse gas mileage, is less safe, and does more damage to the environment than dozens of adult vehicles.

Good luck with her ever getting out of those tickets. Rules be rules... park in between the lines, not strattling them, 1 car per spot/meter... Think motorcyclists need 1 per space? No. Think it's legal for people just because they could park in between legal spaces to do so?

If I was a cop, I'd hit my monthly quota in a day or two with nothing but cars like these parked illegally, expired registrations in public lots, failed parallel parking attempts, and people generally being idiots on the road (not signal lane changes, turning into lanes other than the proper one, people blocking traffic by going too slowly or by attempting to turn where there are no protected lanes and cutouts).


I don't think you've really showed the group your emotion. Why don't you tell us how you _really_ feel about small cars?

08 Dec 2012 01:36 PM
RTOGUY    [TotalFark]  
I avoid parking lot fees by driving my jeep over the concrete barriers so I don't have to pay the fees on exiting.

08 Dec 2012 01:40 PM
Dwight_Yeast     

Electrify: The most frustrating thing about these kinds of cars in North America is that they are so weighed down with airbags and other safety essentials that they don't get much better mileage than a standard subcompact. A Scion iQ gets 37 MPG on the highway, which i less than a Ford Fiesta at 40 MPG. Meanwhile the iQ in Europe comes in at about 45 MPG.


It's not so much all the safety stuff as the fact that we let the CAFE standards stay flat (and in some cases, roll backwards) for the last 25 years while Europe has been aggressively pushing to make cars less polluting and more efficient.

Also, micro cars in Europe aren't meant for highway driving: they're town runabouts for those who need a car.

To some degree, the problem isn't with the car, it's with our (lack of) development and long-term planning over the last 70 years. Americans still tend to have the mindset that the suburban model is the "right" way to live, which means having a car to get to any place you need to go. Europe is much more town or village-centric, so even the suburbs they are building tend to be around a walkable town center; you may live on the outskirts of Rome or Paris, and need a car to get to your job, but you can still walk to the shops to get milk and bread.

What we need to do in this country is increase density and halt sprawl. We're moving in the right direction with people returning to urban areas and rural ones halting suburban creep, but it will take a generation or more to turn things around.

08 Dec 2012 01:41 PM
whither_apophis     
Airbags are worth whatever paltry weight they add, 30 lbs tops? I'm sure if you add up the luxury items: motors for nine way adjustable seats, heated back seats, speakers everywhere, power windows, etc is much heavier.

08 Dec 2012 01:42 PM
Oznog     

Electrify: The most frustrating thing about these kinds of cars in North America is that they are so weighed down with airbags and other safety essentials that they don't get much better mileage than a standard subcompact. A Scion iQ gets 37 MPG on the highway, which i less than a Ford Fiesta at 40 MPG. Meanwhile the iQ in Europe comes in at about 45 MPG.


Also they have the benefit of running on Imperial gallons of gasoline, which are 20% larger than US gallons.
We could improve MPG figures overnight here in the US, if only we'd switch to Imperial gallons!

08 Dec 2012 01:42 PM
Kraftwerk Orange     
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You could just bring the car inside with you.

08 Dec 2012 01:47 PM
Xyphoid     

picturescrazy: ITG


What is this?

08 Dec 2012 01:48 PM
picturescrazy     

Xyphoid: picturescrazy: ITG

What is this?


Internet tough guy.

08 Dec 2012 01:49 PM
Kraftwerk Orange     

whither_apophis: Airbags are worth whatever paltry weight they add, 30 lbs tops? I'm sure if you add up the luxury items: motors for nine way adjustable seats, heated back seats, speakers everywhere, power windows, etc is much heavier.


Also already mentioned - sound deadening. That stuff is heavy.

08 Dec 2012 01:49 PM
Fart_Machine     

Kraftwerk Orange: [s4.thisnext.com image 435x435]

You could just bring the car inside with you.


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08 Dec 2012 01:51 PM
Ima4nic8or     
I like the idea of microcars but dont like the execution, especially todays models. A Peel Trident or Isetta would be cool but not the Smart or IQ. The things that piss me off about those are cost and cost. Despite their diminutive size they are not all that cheap. The Smart costs more than a Yaris, yet the Yaris will fit 4 folks, has a trunk and doesnt require premium (the other cost). Why is it that these dinky cars all seem to require premium? That sort of kills any potential cost savings from improved fuel economy. Not to mention that they dont get all the great economy. Again, the Yaris will match the smart in fuel economy as no doubt would many other non-micro sub-compacts.

08 Dec 2012 01:51 PM
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