2019 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive vs. 2019 Toyota Mirai

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the ForTwo Electric Drive and the Mirai 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.

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 Mirai’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 Mirai (124 city/94 hwy vs. 67 city/67 hwy MPGe).

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 Mirai’s 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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

The ForTwo Electric Drive has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Mirai doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

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 Mirai doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the ForTwo Electric Drive’s turning circle is 14.6 feet tighter than the Mirai’s (22.8 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Chassis

The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1700 pounds less than the Toyota Mirai.

The ForTwo Electric Drive is 7 feet, 2.400,0,0000,0,00001 inches shorter than the Mirai, making the ForTwo Electric Drive easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The ForTwo Electric Drive is 6 inches narrower than the Mirai, 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 Mirai doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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

Model Availability

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

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