2019 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive vs. 2019 Hyundai Nexo

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the ForTwo Electric Drive and the Nexo have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the ForTwo Electric Drive gets better fuel mileage than the Nexo (124 city/94 hwy vs. 65 city/58 hwy MPGe).

Suspension and Handling

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 Nexo doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the ForTwo Electric Drive’s turning circle is 13.9 feet tighter than the Nexo’s (22.8 feet vs. 36.7 feet).

Chassis

The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1600 to 1650 pounds less than the Hyundai Nexo.

The ForTwo Electric Drive is 6 feet, 5.8 inches shorter than the Nexo, making the ForTwo Electric Drive easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The ForTwo Electric Drive is 7.7 inches narrower than the Nexo, making the ForTwo Electric Drive easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

Ergonomics

The ForTwo Electric Drive has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Nexo doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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

Model Availability

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

Recommendations

The Smart ForTwo outsold the Hyundai Nexo by almost 160 to one during 2018.

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