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Selected Style 2-Door HB
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Features

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door HB 19 27 $32,631 $33,990
2-Door HB w/Sunroof & Navi 19 27 $34,071 $35,490
4-Door HB 19 27 $33,207 $34,590
4-Door HB w/Sunroof & Navi 19 27 $34,647 $36,090
4-Door HB SV
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Trim

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
$32,631
$33,707
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$33,990
$35,200
Monthly Payment Estimate
$567 / month
$587 / month
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TCC Rating
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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.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 19 mpg N/A mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 27 mpg N/A mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Cars Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 35.5 31.1
Front Head Room (in) 51.2 41.2
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - 50.0
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.5 54.4
Passenger Volume (ft³) 93.5 98.3
Second Head Room (in) 41.7 37.3
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.6 52.5
Front Leg Room (in) 41.2 42.1
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 51.5
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.0 69.7
Track Width, Front (in) 60.4 60.6
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.0 6.3
Length, Overall (in) 165.8 175.0
Height, Overall (in) 57.5 61.0
Track Width, Rear (in) 59.7 60.4
Wheelbase (in) 101.5 106.3
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) 46.0 24.0
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) 14.8 14.5
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.6 x 1.2 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) 12.2 x 0.9 11.5 x 0.6
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) 14.5 NA
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - 36.1
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 15.6 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.8 34.1
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.0 - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Size 225/40R18 P205/55R16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size 225/40R18 P205/55R16
Spare Tire Size Compact NA
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) 3325 3385
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 18 x 7.5 16 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 18 x 7.5 16 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 9.1 NA
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 140 NA
Engine
Fuel System Direct Injection NA
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 243 @ 2400 - 5200 207 @ - TBD -
Engine Order Code NA EM61
Displacement 2.0L/121 NA
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 256 @ 6000 107 @ - TBD -
Engine Type Turbocharged Gas I4 Electric
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 22 NA
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 27 NA
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 19 NA
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy - 92
Battery Range (mi) - 73
EPA MPG Equivalent - City - 106
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined - 99
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.91 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.36 - TBD -
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.47 NA
Trans Type 6 1
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.10 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.99 - TBD -
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.09 NA
Trans Order Code NA RE1F61A
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.24/3.27 7.93
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.09 NA
Trans Description Cont. Manual Automatic
Summary
Vehicle Name Volkswagen Golf R Nissan LEAF
Body Style Hatchback 4 Door Hatchback
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 8.3 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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