North Georgia Ford Compares 2017 Ford Fiesta VS 2017 Smart ForTwo Near Chatsworth, GA

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2017 Ford Fiesta

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2017 Smart ForTwo

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Ford Fiesta are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Smart ForTwo doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Fiesta’s blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver’s blind spots. The ForTwo doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

The Fiesta (except S) offers optional SYNC, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The ForTwo doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Fiesta and the ForTwo 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 and available rearview cameras.

Warranty Comparison

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Fiesta 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Smart covers the ForTwo. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the ForTwo ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The Fiesta’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the ForTwo’s (5/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

There are over 43 times as many Ford dealers as there are Smart dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Fiesta’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Smart vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 114 more problems per 100 vehicles, Smart is ranked 32nd, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Fiesta’s standard 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 31 more horsepower (120 vs. 89) and 12 lbs.-ft. more torque (112 vs. 100) than the ForTwo’s 0.9 turbo 3 cyl. The Fiesta’s optional 1.0 turbo 3 cyl. produces 34 more horsepower (123 vs. 89) and 25 lbs.-ft. more torque (125 vs. 100) than the ForTwo’s 0.9 turbo 3 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Ford Fiesta 4 cyl. is faster than the Smart ForTwo (automatics tested):




Zero to 30 MPH

4.3 sec

4.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

10.9 sec

11.2 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

6.9 sec

7.3 sec

Quarter Mile

18.4 sec

18.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

79.5 MPH

78 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Fiesta SFE 3 cyl. Manual gets better highway fuel mileage than the ForTwo Manual (41 hwy vs. 39 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Fiesta uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 1.0 turbo 3 cyl. engine for maximum performance). The ForTwo requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Fiesta has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the ForTwo (12.4 vs. 8.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Fiesta has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The ForTwo doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Fiesta has larger standard tires than the ForTwo (185/60R15 vs. 155/60R15). The Fiesta’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the ForTwo (195/50R16 vs. 185/50R16).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Fiesta’s wheelbase is 24.3 inches longer than on the ForTwo (98 inches vs. 73.7 inches).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Fiesta has standard seating for 5 passengers; the ForTwo can only carry 2.

The Fiesta has 39.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the ForTwo (85.1 vs. 45.4).

The Fiesta Sedan has 2.4 inches more front legroom, 5.2 inches more front hip room and 4.7 inches more front shoulder room than the ForTwo Coupe.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Fiesta 5-Door’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The ForTwo’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Fiesta Automatic offers a 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 ForTwo doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Fiesta’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children in the rear seat from operating them. Smart does not offer a locking feature on the ForTwo’s power windows.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Fiesta’s available exterior PIN entry system. The ForTwo doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

Consumer Reports rated the Fiesta’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the ForTwo’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The Fiesta Titanium’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 doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Fiesta owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Fiesta with a number “1” insurance rate while the ForTwo is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Fiesta is less expensive to operate than the ForTwo because it costs $62 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Fiesta than the ForTwo, including $149 less for a water pump, $495 less for an alternator, $9 less for a starter, $94 less for fuel injection, $350 less for front struts, $1056 less for a timing belt/chain and $123 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Fiesta outsold the Smart ForTwo by over eight to one during the 2016 model year.

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