2019 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive vs. 2019 Tesla Model 3

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the ForTwo Electric Drive and the Model 3 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.

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 Model 3 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the ForTwo Electric Drive’s turning circle is 15.3 feet tighter than the Model 3’s (22.8 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Chassis

The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1450 to 1700 pounds less than the Tesla Model 3.

The ForTwo Electric Drive is 6 feet, 6.7 inches shorter than the Model 3, making the ForTwo Electric Drive easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The ForTwo Electric Drive is 10.6 inches narrower than the Model 3, making the ForTwo Electric Drive easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

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 Model 3’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 Model 3 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 Model 3 doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The ForTwo Electric Drive’s optional power mirror controls are mounted on the door for easy access. The Model 3’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

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 Model 3 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Model Availability

The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the Tesla Model 3 isn’t available as a coupe or convertible.

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