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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan N/A N/A N/A $57,400
4-Door Sedan Performance N/A N/A N/A $92,400
4-Door Sedan Signature N/A N/A N/A $95,400
4-Door Sedan Signature Performance N/A N/A N/A $105,400
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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
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$587 / month
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2012 Tesla Model S sedan turns out to be a much better car than most expected; it just might meld sport-sedan driving, interior space, and comfort with zero-emission running in one revolutionary package. 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
Fuel Economy - City N/A mpg N/A mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway N/A mpg N/A mpg
Number of Passenger Doors 4 -
EPA Classification NA Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in) 55.0 51.5
Second Leg Room (in) 35.4 31.1
Front Head Room (in) 38.8 41.2
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Hip Room (in) 54.7 50.0
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.7 54.4
Second Head Room (in) 35.3 37.3
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.0 52.5
Front Leg Room (in) 42.7 42.1
Passenger Volume (ft³) 94.0 98.3
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in) 66.9 60.4
Wheelbase (in) 116.5 106.3
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 77.3 69.7
Track Width, Front (in) 65.4 60.6
Min Ground Clearance (in) 6.0 6.3
Length, Overall (in) 196.0 175.0
Height, Overall (in) 56.5 61.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) - TBD - -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) - 14.5
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) - 24.0
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) 14.0 x 1.3 11.1 x 1.1
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) 14.4 x 1.1 11.5 x 0.6
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) NA NA
Steering Type Electric Rack-&-Pinion Electric Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) N/A 36.1
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 37.0 34.1
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size 245/45R19 P205/55R16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size 245/45R19 P205/55R16
Spare Tire Size NA NA
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
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) 4647 3385
Rear Wheel Size (in) 19 x - TBD - 16 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 19 x - TBD - 16 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA NA
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) NA NA
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) NA - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) NA NA
Engine Type Electric Electric
Fuel System NA NA
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 325 207 @ - TBD -
Engine Order Code NA EM61
Displacement NA NA
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 362 @ 6000 107 @ - TBD -
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy - TBD - 92
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) NA NA
Battery Range (mi) 160 (Est) 73
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) NA NA
EPA MPG Equivalent - City - TBD - 106
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined - TBD - 99
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) - TBD - - TBD -
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) NA -
Second Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Order Code NA RE1F61A
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - TBD - 7.93
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Description Cont. NA Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA -
First Gear Ratio (:1) 9.73 - TBD -
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Type 1 1
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Vehicle Name Tesla Model S Nissan LEAF
Body Style Sedan 4 Door Hatchback
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) N/A - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Double-Wishbone MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) N/A - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year NA NA
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - TBD - 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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