Nowadays, you can count the really cute cars available on the market with your fingers. Coincidentally, almost all of them are reincarnations of older models, benefiting and basing their success on a retro design. There's the Volkswagen Beetle, the MINI Cooper (in all its versions), the Fiat 500 and a couple of Citroens. Complementing this list with "cuteness", but without any retro design whatsoever, is the little smart fortwo. Even if its so modern-looking, it still gives me a deja-vu feeling, albeit not something to remind me of a car but of a Barbie toy.
Coincidentally, or not, the smart fortwo can also be driven like a toy. There's no clutch pedal, the steering is mild but direct, you can turn it on a dime and you can almost park it in a bicycle spot without attracting any anger from your fellow two-wheel road companions missing a parking space. To me, this would be the perfect car for ladies, if it only had a bigger interior mirror.
I can fit in it just fine, there's enough room for my weekly boyfriend and the luggage compartment can hold my Gucci purse just fine. Plus, my occasional cutting off of other cars will be met with smiles instead of shaking fists in the air and car horns galore. I never understood why men drivers get so angry whenever I begin a make-up session in the middle of an intersection. I mean I know I'm not a perfect driver, but each person has each own priorities, and mine is to look gorgeous at all times.
Can you imagine the horror if I stepped out of a car with a bad hair due, or God forbid!, dripping mascara all over my face? What, do those poor testing animals get abused and eventually killed for nothing? Also, you wouldn't want to see me the second I wake up in the morning, without any make-up and with my hair going in every direction. Looks like these are born with, but they have to be nurtured.
Anyway, back to the smart, I never understood why it has such a lousy name. I mean, if the smart is called... a smart, shouldn't the Hummer H2 be called a... stupid? You know, "rolling on 24 dubs with my stupid H2, yo!". Yeah, I had a boyfriend two weeks ago who introduced me to some hip hop celebrities and I caught up with the latest slang.
On the whole, I really like the fortwo. It's a cute AND practical way to spend your money on a car designed exclusively for the city. Plus, if I can convince my shopping/Pilates/tae-bo girlfriends to buy one each, we could turn into a pretty smart posse, instead of the "dumb b*****s" everyone keeps calling us whenever we park at the mall.