Compare 2012 Tesla Model S vs 2012 Nissan Leaf

2012 Tesla Model S
2012 Nissan Leaf
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4-Door Sedan
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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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
N/A
$33,707
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$57,400
$35,200
Monthly Payment Estimate
$957 / month
$587 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
7.8
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
City
N/A mpg N/A mpg
Highway
N/A mpg N/A mpg
Vehicle
Number of Passenger Doors
4 -
EPA Classification
NA Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
42.7 42.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
94.0 98.3
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
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
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
14.4 x 1.1 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)
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
NA NA
Steering
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
Tires
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
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)
4647 3385
Wheels
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
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
NA NA
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
NA - TBD -
Engine
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 -
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
NA NA
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
Transmission
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
Summary
Vehicle Name
Tesla Model S Nissan LEAF
Body Style
Sedan 4 Door Hatchback
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
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
Emissions
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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