Prius

ForTwo

60 to 0 MPH

124 feet

131 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Prius Prime has larger tires than the ForTwo Electric Drive (195/65R15 vs. 165/65R15). The Prius Prime’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the ForTwo Electric Drive (195/65R15 vs. 185/50R16).

The Toyota Prius Prime’s wheels have 5 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive only has 4 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling

For superior ride and handling, the Toyota Prius Prime has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Prius Prime has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Prius Prime flat and controlled during cornering. The ForTwo Electric Drive’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Prius Prime’s wheelbase is 32.6 inches longer than on the ForTwo Electric Drive (106.3 inches vs. 73.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Prius Prime is 2.4 inches wider in the front and 4.3 inches wider in the rear than on the ForTwo Electric Drive.

The Prius Prime LE handles at .79 G’s, while the ForTwo Electric Drive Passion Coupe pulls only .71 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis

The front grille of the Prius Prime uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The ForTwo Electric Drive doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The Prius Prime has standard seating for 5 passengers; the ForTwo Electric Drive can only carry 2.

The Prius Prime has 46.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the ForTwo Electric Drive (91.5 vs. 45.4).

The Prius Prime has 2 inches more front legroom, 8.3 inches more front hip room and 6.2 inches more front shoulder room than the ForTwo Electric Drive Coupe.

Cargo Capacity

The Prius Prime has a much larger trunk than the ForTwo Electric Drive Coupe (19.8 vs. 9.2 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Prius Prime easier. The Prius Prime’s trunk lift-over height is 26.5 inches, while the ForTwo Electric Drive Coupe’s liftover is 28.7 inches. The ForTwo Electric Drive Cabriolet’s liftover is 29.2 inches.

Ergonomics

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Prius Prime has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The ForTwo Electric Drive doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

The Prius Prime Limited has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The ForTwo Electric Drive doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Prius Prime’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. Smart does not offer a locking feature on the ForTwo Electric Drive’s standard power windows.

The Prius Prime’s front and rear power windows all 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 ForTwo Electric Drive’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The Smart Key System standard on the Prius Prime allows you to unlock the driver’s door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. (Prius Prime XLE/Limited’s Smart Key System will also allow unlocking the trunk without taking your keys out). The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Prius Prime detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The ForTwo Electric Drive doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Prius Prime’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Smart charges extra for heated mirrors on the ForTwo Electric Drive.

The Prius Prime Limited’s standard rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The ForTwo Electric Drive doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Prius Prime has a standard Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The ForTwo Electric Drive doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Prius Prime Limited’s Intelligent Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The ForTwo Electric Drive doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports? recommends the Toyota Prius Prime, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Toyota Prius outsold the Smart ForTwo by almost 69 to one during 2018.

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