Compare 2012 Nissan Leaf vs 2012 Toyota Prius

2012 Nissan Leaf
2012 Toyota Prius
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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 One
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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$33,707
$21,864
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$35,200
$23,015
Monthly Payment Estimate
$587 / month
$384 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
7.6
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
City
N/A mpg 51 mpg
Highway
N/A mpg 48 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Midsize Cars
Interior Dimensions
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.7 68.7
Track Width, Front (in)
60.6 60.0
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
24.0 67.3
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
14.5 21.6
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.1 x 1.1 10.0 x - TBD -
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)
11.5 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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
NA 11.9
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
36.1 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 34.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.1 - TBD -
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Electric Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P205/55R16 P195/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
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
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)
3385 3042
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
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
Fuel System
NA Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
207 @ - TBD - 105 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
EM61 NA
Displacement
NA 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
107 @ - TBD - 98 @ 5200
Engine Type
Electric Gas/Electric I4
Mileage
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined
99 -
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
NA 50
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
NA 48
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy
92 -
Battery Range (mi)
73 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
NA 51
EPA MPG Equivalent - City
106 -
Transmission
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 -
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 -
Summary
Vehicle Name
Nissan LEAF Toyota Prius
Body Style
4 Door Hatchback Hatchback
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
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
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
NA 3.8
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
NA 10
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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