2019 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive vs. 2019 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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2019 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive

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2019 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid

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Safety

Both the ForTwo Electric Drive and the Sonata Plug-In Hybrid 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, 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 Sonata Plug-In Hybrid running on electricity (124 city/94 hwy vs. 99 city/100 hwy MPGe).

On the EPA test cycle the ForTwo Electric Drive gets better fuel mileage than the Sonata Plug-In Hybrid running its gasoline engine (124 city/94 hwy MPGe vs. 37 city/42 hwy).

The ForTwo Electric Drive’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 58 miles on a full charge. The Sonata Plug-In Hybrid can only travel about 29 miles before it has to start its internal combustion engine.

Tires and Wheels

The ForTwo Electric Drive’s optional 185/50R16 front and 205/45R16 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series front and 45 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Sonata Plug-In Hybrid’s 55 series tires.

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 Sonata Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the ForTwo Electric Drive’s turning circle is 12.8 feet tighter than the Sonata Plug-In Hybrid’s (22.8 feet vs. 35.6 feet).

Chassis

The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1400 to 1450 pounds less than the Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid.

The ForTwo Electric Drive is 7 feet, 1 inches shorter than the Sonata Plug-In Hybrid, making the ForTwo Electric Drive easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The ForTwo Electric Drive is 7.9 inches narrower than the Sonata Plug-In Hybrid, making the ForTwo Electric Drive easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

Cargo Capacity

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the ForTwo Electric Drive’s trunk lid uses gas strut supported hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. Its intrusive beam hinge reduces the Sonata Plug-In Hybrid’s useful trunk space.

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 Sonata Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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. The Sonata Plug-In Hybrid’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

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

Model Availability

The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid isn’t available as a coupe or convertible.

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