In another thread someone asked why, 20 years ago, we had a gasoline-burning car (the Chevy Sprint and Suzuki and Geo versions thereof) that got 50 mpg, but we can’t seem to manage it today. I replied that Americans like power. The Sprint got great mileage and was rather comfortable for its size. A perfect car in the city and on flat roads, but challenged when it came to long grades.
According to CNN, the Smart may be imported to the U.S. The article quotes a spokeswoman for Smart, who says the car can get over 70 mpg on the freeway. It’s smaller than the old Sprint, and only has two seats. But I can imagine it being popular with commuters.