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2012 Ford Focus Electric

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  2012 Ford Focus Electric, New York City, April 2012 2012 Nissan Leaf, Electric Avenue, 2010 Detroit Auto Show
Invoice $36,127 $33,707
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Bottom Line The 2012 Ford Focus Electric is fun to drive, matches the Nissan Leaf for range and efficiency, and looks just like a "regular" car, which may appeal to some buyers. It's available only in very limited markets, however, and its $40,000 price will likely turn off some potential customers. Read Full Review The 2012 Nissan Leaf is, quite simply, the first battery electric vehicle built in volume by any major carmaker; if you can get comfortable with its range of 70 to 100 miles, it's the greenest car you can buy. Read Full Review
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  • All the driving fun of any Focus
  • Slightly higher range than Leaf
  • Conventional styling doesn't scream 'green'
  • Clever two-level load bay floor


  • $40K price causes sticker shock
  • Very limited availability
  • No one will know you're driving electric
  • Limited load-bay capacity


  • First "real" battery electric car built in volume
  • Distinctive and futuristic design
  • Quiet, smooth electric drive
  • Room for five, unlike four-seat Volt
  • Multiple financial incentives to own


  • Range of only 70 to 100 miles
  • Steering and handling are uninspiring
  • Rear seats require knees-up position
  • Charger lump interrupts cargo floor
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