2019 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive vs. 2019 Toyota Prius Prime

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the ForTwo Electric Drive and the Prius Prime 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 Prius Prime’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Engine

As tested in Motor Trend the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive is faster than the Toyota Prius Prime:

 

ForTwo

Prius

Zero to 60 MPH

9 sec

10.1 sec

Quarter Mile

17 sec

17.5 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

The ForTwo Electric Drive’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 58 miles on a full charge. The Prius Prime can only travel about 25 miles before it has to start its internal combustion engine.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the ForTwo Electric Drive’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Prius Prime:

 

ForTwo

Prius

Front Rotors

10.2 inches

10 inches

Tires and Wheels

The ForTwo Electric Drive’s standard 185/60R15 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Prius Prime’s standard 65 series tires. The ForTwo Electric Drive’s optional 185/50R16 front and 205/45R16 rear tires have a lower 50 series front and 45 series rear profile than the Prius Prime’s 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the ForTwo Electric Drive offers optional 16-inch wheels. The Prius Prime’s largest wheels are only 15-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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

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 Prius Prime doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the ForTwo Electric Drive’s turning circle is 10.6 feet tighter than the Prius Prime’s (22.8 feet vs. 33.4 feet).

Chassis

The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1000 pounds less than the Toyota Prius Prime.

The ForTwo Electric Drive is 6 feet, 4.8 inches shorter than the Prius Prime, making the ForTwo Electric Drive easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the ForTwo Electric Drive. The Prius Prime doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Servicing Ease

The ForTwo Electric Drive uses a reverse-tilt hood for easier service access. The Prius Prime uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

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 Prius Prime Plus/Premium’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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

Model Availability

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

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