2019 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive vs. 2018 Ford Focus Electric

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The ForTwo Electric Drive Passion/Prime offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The Focus Electric doesn't offer a collision warning system.

Both the ForTwo Electric Drive and the Focus Electric have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver 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 and available 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 Focus Electric’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 Focus Electric (124 city/94 hwy vs. 118 city/96 hwy MPGe).

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 Focus Electric’s 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the ForTwo Electric Drive’s turning circle is 13.2 feet tighter than the Focus Electric’s (22.8 feet vs. 36 feet).

Chassis

The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1250 to 1300 pounds less than the Ford Focus Electric.

The ForTwo Electric Drive is 5 feet, 6.8 inches shorter than the Focus Electric, making the ForTwo Electric Drive easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The ForTwo Electric Drive is 6.3 inches narrower than the Focus Electric, 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 Focus Electric doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

The ForTwo Electric Drive’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the tailgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Focus Electric’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Ergonomics

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

On extremely cold winter days, the ForTwo Electric Drive’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Focus Electric doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Model Availability

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

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