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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
5-Door HB
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$587 / month
$652 / month
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TCC's Bottom Line 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. The 2012 Chevrolet Volt is the plug-in electric car you drive as far as you want--if you can find one to buy.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City N/A mpg 35 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway N/A mpg 40 mpg
EPA Classification Midsize Compact Cars
Number of Passenger Doors - 4
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in) 50.0 51.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.4 56.5
Passenger Volume (ft³) 98.3 90.0
Second Head Room (in) 37.3 36.0
Second Shoulder Room (in) 52.5 53.9
Front Leg Room (in) 42.1 42.1
Passenger Capacity 5 4
Front Hip Room (in) 51.5 53.7
Second Leg Room (in) 31.1 34.1
Front Head Room (in) 41.2 37.8
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 60.6 61.2
Min Ground Clearance (in) 6.3 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 175.0 177.1
Height, Overall (in) 61.0 56.6
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.4 62.1
Wheelbase (in) 106.3 105.7
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.7 70.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) 14.5 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) 24.0 -
Trunk Volume (ft³) - 10.6
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel Four-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.5 x 0.6 11.5 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Regenerative
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.1 x 1.1 11.8 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) NA 9.3
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD - 15.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 34.1 36.0
Steering Type Electric Pwr Electric Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) 36.1 - TBD -
Rear Tire Order Code NA 5GN
Front Tire Size P205/55R16 P215/55R17
Spare Tire Size NA NA
Front Tire Order Code NA 5GN
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P205/55R16 P215/55R17
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
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3385 3781
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 17 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA NA
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 17 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material NA NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) NA - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) NA - TBD -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 207 @ - TBD - - TBD -
Engine Order Code EM61 LUU
Displacement NA 1.4L/85
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 107 @ - TBD - - TBD -
Engine Type Electric Electric/Gas I4
Fuel System NA Electronic Fuel Injection
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) NA 40
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy 92 93
Battery Range (mi) 73 35
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) NA 35
EPA MPG Equivalent - City 106 95
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined 99 94
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) NA 37
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Type 1 1
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front wheel drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) - TBD - NA
Second Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Order Code RE1F61A MKA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 7.93 NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) - TBD - NA
Vehicle Name Nissan LEAF Chevrolet Volt
Body Style 4 Door Hatchback Hatchback
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Rear Torsion Beam Compound Crank
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score NA 8
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year NA 5.0
Crash Test Ratings
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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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