Compare 2012 Saab 9-3 vs 2012 Nissan Leaf

2012 Saab 9-3
2012 Nissan Leaf
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4-Door Sedan Manual FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual FWD 20 33 $28,177 $28,900
4-Door Wagon Manual FWD 20 33 $29,084 $29,830
4-Door Sedan Automatic FWD 19 29 $29,493 $30,250
4-Door Wagon Automatic FWD 18 28 $30,400 $31,180
4-Door Sedan Automatic XWD 18 29 $31,585 $32,395
4-Door Sedan Manual XWD 20 30 $31,585 $32,395
4-Door Sedan Automatic FWD Aero 19 29 $32,966 $34,340
4-Door Sedan Manual FWD Aero 20 33 $32,966 $34,340
4-Door Wagon Automatic XWD 18 29 $33,576 $34,975
4-Door Wagon Manual XWD 20 30 $33,576 $34,975
4-Door Sedan Automatic XWD Aero 18 29 $35,630 $37,115
4-Door Sedan Manual XWD Aero 20 30 $35,630 $37,115
2-Door Convertible Manual FWD 20 33 $38,502 $39,490
2-Door Convertible Automatic FWD 18 28 $39,819 $40,840
2-Door Convertible Automatic FWD Aero 18 28 $42,316 $44,080
2-Door Convertible Manual FWD Aero 20 33 $42,316 $44,080
2-Door Convertible Automatic FWD Independence 18 28 $44,236 $46,080
2-Door Convertible Manual FWD Independence 20 33 $44,236 $46,080
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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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$28,177
$33,707
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$28,900
$35,200
Monthly Payment Estimate
$482 / month
$587 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
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.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg N/A mpg
Highway
33 mpg N/A mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Midsize
Number of Passenger Doors
4 -
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 52.5
Front Leg Room (in)
42.3 42.1
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 51.5
Second Leg Room (in)
35.1 31.1
Front Head Room (in)
38.9 41.2
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 50.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 54.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
96 98.3
Second Head Room (in)
37.0 37.3
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.3 60.4
Wheelbase (in)
105.3 106.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.9 69.7
Track Width, Front (in)
60.0 60.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 6.3
Length, Overall (in)
182.9 175.0
Height, Overall (in)
57.1 61.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.0 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- 24.0
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 14.5
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- 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)
- 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)
16.0 NA
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 36.1
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- TBD - 34.1
Tires
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
- TBD - P205/55R16
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Size
- TBD - P205/55R16
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3710 3385
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 16 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 16 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - NA
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - NA
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4 Electric
Fuel System
- TBD - NA
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
258 @ 2500 207 @ - TBD -
Engine Order Code
- TBD - EM61
Displacement
2.0L/122 NA
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
220 @ 5300 107 @ - TBD -
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 NA
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 NA
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 NA
EPA MPG Equivalent - City
- 106
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined
- 99
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy
- 92
Battery Range (mi)
- 73
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - - TBD -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - NA
Trans Order Code
- TBD - RE1F61A
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 7.93
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - NA
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - - TBD -
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - NA
Trans Type
6 1
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Hatchback
Vehicle Name
Saab 9-3 Nissan LEAF
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Toe-link w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/anti-roll bar w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Torsion Beam
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.3 NA
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 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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