Compare 2012 Ford Focus Electric vs 2012 Nissan Leaf

2012 Ford Focus Electric
2012 Nissan Leaf
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5-Door HB
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
5-Door HB N/A N/A $36,127 $39,200
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4-Door HB SV
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door HB SV N/A N/A $33,707 $35,200
4-Door HB SL N/A N/A $35,668 $37,250
Pricing
Invoice Price
$36,127
$33,707
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$39,200
$35,200
Monthly Payment Estimate
$653 / month
$587 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
7.8
TCC’s 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. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
N/A mpg N/A mpg
Highway
N/A mpg N/A mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Midsize
Number of Passenger Doors
4 -
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
33.2 31.1
Front Head Room (in)
38.3 41.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Hip Room (in)
52.7 50.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.6 54.4
Second Head Room (in)
37.9 37.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.7 52.5
Front Leg Room (in)
43.7 42.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
90.7 98.3
Front Hip Room (in)
53.9 51.5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
60.5 60.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 6.3
Length, Overall (in)
172.9 175.0
Height, Overall (in)
58.2 61.0
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.6 60.4
Wheelbase (in)
104.3 106.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.8 69.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
44.8 24.0
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
14.5 14.5
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x - TBD - 11.1 x 1.1
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 x - TBD - 11.5 x 0.6
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
NA NA
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 36.1
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.0 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.7 34.1
Steering Type
Electric Rack-&-Pinion Electric Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Size
P225/50R17 P205/55R16
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/50R17 P205/55R16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3640 3385
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
NA NA
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
NA - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
NA NA
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
181 @ - TBD - 207 @ - TBD -
Engine Order Code
- TBD - EM61
Displacement
NA NA
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
143 @ - TBD - 107 @ - TBD -
Engine Type
Electric Electric
Fuel System
NA NA
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
NA NA
Battery Range (mi)
- TBD - 73
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
NA NA
EPA MPG Equivalent - City
110 106
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined
105 99
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
NA NA
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy
99 92
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - - TBD -
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Type
1 1
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - - TBD -
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Order Code
44H RE1F61A
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
NA 7.93
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic
Summary
Body Style
Hatchback 4 Door Hatchback
Vehicle Name
Ford Focus Electric Nissan LEAF
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.63 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
1.00 - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.00 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
0.63 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
NA NA
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
NA NA
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
-
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
-
Overall Side Crash Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating Driver
-
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
-
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
-
Rollover Rating
-

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