2018 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive vs. 2018 Chevrolet Volt

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the ForTwo Electric Drive and the Volt have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

The ForTwo Electric Drive comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes free 24-hour roadside assistance. The Volt’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the ForTwo Electric Drive gets better fuel mileage than the Volt (124 city/94 hwy vs. 113 city/99 hwy).

The ForTwo Electric Drive’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 58 miles on a full charge. The Volt can only travel about 53 miles before it has to start its internal combustion engine.

Tires and Wheels

The ForTwo Electric Drive’s optional 205/45R16 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Volt’s 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The ForTwo Electric Drive has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Volt’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The ForTwo Electric Drive’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Volt doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the ForTwo Electric Drive’s turning circle is 13.6 feet tighter than the Volt’s (22.8 feet vs. 36.4 feet).

Chassis

The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1150 to 1200 pounds less than the Chevrolet Volt.

The ForTwo Electric Drive is 6 feet, 2.3 inches shorter than the Volt, making the ForTwo Electric Drive easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The ForTwo Electric Drive is 5.7 inches narrower than the Volt, making the ForTwo Electric Drive easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

Cargo Capacity

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the ForTwo Electric Drive. The Volt doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Servicing Ease

The ForTwo Electric Drive uses a reverse-tilt hood for easier service access. The Volt uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

The ForTwo Electric Drive’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Volt’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

The ForTwo Electric Drive’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Volt’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The ForTwo Electric Drive’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the ForTwo Electric Drive (except Cabrio) has a standard rear wiper. The Volt doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the ForTwo Electric Drive offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Volt doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Model Availability

The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the Chevrolet Volt isn’t available as a coupe or convertible.

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