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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
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$587 / month
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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
Fuel Economy - City N/A mpg N/A mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway N/A mpg N/A mpg
Number of Passenger Doors 4 -
EPA Classification Compact Midsize
Interior Dimensions
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
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
Track Width, Front (in) 60.5 60.6
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - 6.3
Length, Overall (in) 172.9 175.0
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
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) NA NA
Steering Type Electric Rack-&-Pinion Electric Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - - TBD -
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
Spare Tire Size NA NA
Front Tire Order Code - TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code - TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size P225/50R17 P205/55R16
Rear Tire Order Code - TBD - NA
Front Tire Size P225/50R17 P205/55R16
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3640 3385
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - 16 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
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
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) NA NA
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) NA NA
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) NA - TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 143 @ - TBD - 107 @ - TBD -
Engine Type Electric Electric
Fuel System NA NA
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 181 @ - TBD - 207 @ - TBD -
Engine Order Code - TBD - EM61
Displacement NA NA
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) NA NA
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy 99 92
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
Reverse Ratio (:1) - TBD - - TBD -
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA -
Second Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Order Code 44H RE1F61A
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) NA 7.93
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Automatic
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
Vehicle Name Ford Focus Electric Nissan LEAF
Body Style Hatchback 4 Door Hatchback
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) 0.63 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
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
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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