In a city where everything is right on top of you you need to maneuver gracefully in order to dodge the snares of the road. As downtown populations rise the space we have available on the roadways decrease leaving a mess of traffic jams & smog to breath. Electric & high miles per gallon vehicles increase the quality of the air you breath & decreases the size of not only your carbon foot print, but it changes the landscape of the way you perceive the traffic around you. Smaller vehicles in general change your viewpoint to a lower spot on the road & change your view on the cars around you. How much power do we necessarily need to commute on a daily basis?
Transportation, like the world, is always much simpler than we make it.