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Selected Style 4-Door HB SV
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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 One (SE)
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
5-Door HB One 51 48 $21,864 $23,015
5-Door HB Two 51 48 $22,560 $24,000
5-Door HB Three 51 48 $23,799 $25,565
5-Door HB Four 51 48 $26,284 $28,235
5-Door HB Five 51 48 $27,744 $29,805
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$587 / month
$384 / 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 Toyota Prius remains the highest-mileage car offered in the U.S., and it's a practical and capacious mid-size hatchback with room for five
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City N/A mpg 51 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway N/A mpg 48 mpg
EPA Classification Midsize Midsize Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in) 37.3 37.6
Second Shoulder Room (in) 52.5 53.1
Front Leg Room (in) 42.1 42.5
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 51.5 52.7
Second Leg Room (in) 31.1 36.0
Front Head Room (in) 41.2 38.6
Second Hip Room (in) 50.0 51.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.4 54.9
Passenger Volume (ft³) 98.3 93.7
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) 6.3 5.5
Length, Overall (in) 175.0 175.6
Height, Overall (in) 61.0 58.7
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.4 59.8
Wheelbase (in) 106.3 106.3
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.7 68.7
Track Width, Front (in) 60.6 60.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) 14.5 21.6
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) 24.0 67.3
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.5 x 0.6 10.2 x - TBD -
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) 11.1 x 1.1 10.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) NA 11.9
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD - 34.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 34.1 - TBD -
Steering Type Electric Pwr Electric Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) 36.1 - TBD -
Front Tire Size P205/55R16 P195/65R15
Spare Tire Size NA T135/80D16
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P205/55R16 P195/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code 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
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3385 3042
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) NA - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) NA - TBD -
Displacement NA 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 107 @ - TBD - 98 @ 5200
Engine Type Electric Gas/Electric I4
Fuel System NA Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 207 @ - TBD - 105 @ 4000
Engine Order Code EM61 NA
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy 92 -
Battery Range (mi) 73 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) NA 51
EPA MPG Equivalent - City 106 -
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined 99 -
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) NA 50
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) NA 48
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 - - TBD -
Second Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Order Code RE1F61A NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 7.93 - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Continuously Variable Ratio
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) - TBD - - TBD -
Vehicle Name Nissan LEAF Toyota Prius
Body Style 4 Door Hatchback Hatchback
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Rear Torsion Beam Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - NA
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 - NA
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score NA 10
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year NA 3.8
Crash Test Ratings
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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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