Compare 2012 Nissan Leaf vs 2012 Chevrolet Volt

2012 Nissan Leaf
2012 Chevrolet Volt
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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
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5-Door HB
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
5-Door HB 35 40 $37,579 $39,145
Pricing
Invoice Price
$33,707
$37,579
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$35,200
$39,145
Monthly Payment Estimate
$587 / month
$652 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
7.4
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
City
N/A mpg 35 mpg
Highway
N/A mpg 40 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Compact Cars
Number of Passenger Doors
- 4
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
51.5 53.7
Second Leg Room (in)
31.1 34.1
Front Head Room (in)
41.2 37.8
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
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 105.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.7 70.4
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
24.0 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
14.5 -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 10.6
Brakes
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 -
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
NA 9.3
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
36.1 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 15.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.1 36.0
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Electric Pwr
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/55R16 P215/55R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA 5GN
Front Tire Size
P205/55R16 P215/55R17
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA 5GN
Trailering
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
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3385 3781
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
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
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
NA - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
NA - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Electric Electric/Gas I4
Fuel System
NA Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
207 @ - TBD - - TBD -
Engine Order Code
EM61 LUU
Displacement
NA 1.4L/85
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
107 @ - TBD - - TBD -
Mileage
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined
99 94
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
NA 37
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
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Hatchback Hatchback
Vehicle Name
Nissan LEAF Chevrolet Volt
Suspension
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
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
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
NA 5.0
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
NA 8
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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