Do not rent this car. Yes, it drives like a manual — that takes just a bit to get used to and is really no big deal, but it is also incredibly loud to drive! It feels and sounds like you’re driving a ‘91 Honda Civic. This car really is a piece of crap. The rear tail light is being held up by packing tape. Not joking. The interior was disgusting and not clean whatsoever. There was trash under the seats.
When I turned on my headlights the first night of my trip, I found that the passenger side headlight was extinguished. Which is illegal and completely altered my plans because I did not want to drive at night at risk of getting a ticket. The owner could offer no solution other than taking it back to the Turo lot at LAX, which was not possible due to a number of reasons.
DO NOT RENT THIS CAR. I rented it because of the “novelty” factor, but it was absolutely not worth it. Literal crap. Do not rent this car; you WILL regret it almost immediately.
Great little car - so cute and fun! The arrangement of the pick up location was an inconvenience since it wasn't onsite at the airport. They do reimburse for the uber to the car location though. Carl was great - responsive with communication and also accommodating and flexible. The car isn't the smoothest ride ever but I personally didn't mind. The convertible was such a fun feature - overall I loved this car and had a blast with it
I had a great time driving Zhuochen's smartcar. You definitely feel all the bumps in the road, but it is zippy and really good for driving around the city. The small size is incredibly helpful for parking too. The car was really clean too. It's designed to drive more like a standard shift car which can take some getting used to. Unfortunately when I picked up the car from the valet lot I think someone had left the lights on overnight and when I tried to start the car the battery was dead. I think this was a bit of a fluke, Zhuochen was very responsive working to solve the issue. I would definitely rent from his car again!
I really loved the Smart convertible. It was surprisingly a head turner. I loved driving through the hills with it. It's very nimble. Also, finding parking was so easy and rewarding. Thanks Zhuochen for being very informatove and accessible during the trip. I really appreciate it and will reserve it again next month when I'm in LA.
Really cool car, got a lot of attention driving through LA. Great on gas too! Was hesistant at first due to size of vehicle but actually drives really well and feels extremely safe even on the freeway. Smarts drive a bit differently (feels like a manual) and took me a couple minutes to adjust but nothing to worry. All in all fun car to drive and got us through our week trip in LA. Thank You!