The 2011 Nissan Leaf, which goes on sale on a limited basis about the same time as the Volt, is an all-electric car, with a range of about 100 miles.
Simpler in purpose—and more than $10k cheaper than the Volt—the Leaf has no fuel tank, no tailpipe, and no conventional gasoline engine, so it's a greener solution if your daily driving is in the 40-90-mile range.
The Tesla Roadster is also an all-electric vehicle, but this little two-seater is a cartoonish exaggeration of what an EV can be—an EV exotic of sorts—capable of zero to 60 in less than four seconds.
And of course the Toyota Prius, ceremonial king of green cars, bears some contrast; Toyota is preparing a plug-in version of the Prius, but its all-electric capability will remain for low-speed operation only and its range will be very limited—less than 15 miles, typically.
The Lexus HS 250h is another alternative; but at nearly twice the price of a Prius, it appeals to the luxury set.
Unfortunately it neither has the mileage of the Prius nor its nimble driving demeanor.
|2011 Chevrolet Volt||2011 Lexus HS 250h||2011 Tesla Roadster 2.5|
|$40,280Browse Used Listings||$36,330Browse Used Listings||$109,000Browse Used Listings|
|35 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy||35 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy|
|Electric/Gas I4||Gas/Electric I4||Electric Pwr|
|Compact Cars||Mid-Size||Two-Seater Passenger Car|
|5-Door HB||4-Door Sedan Hybrid||2-Door Convertible|
|Front wheel drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|5 Door Hatchback||4 Door Sedan||2 Door Convertible|