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2011 Nissan Leaf vs. Its Competition

 
2011 Nissan Leaf
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The Leaf is simpler in purpose than the 2011 Chevrolet Volt—and more than $10k cheaper.

As an all-electric vehicle, 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.

No question, the top rival for the 2011 Nissan Leaf is the 2011 Toyota Prius, though.

Nissan is setting its sights on the exact same people who have bought more than one million of the iconic Toyota hybrids.

Just as Toyota has plans to build the Prius in the U.S., Nissan plans to build all U.S.

Leafs—as well as the battery packs—here in the U.S.

(although the first ones will come from Japan).

The 2011 Nissan Leaf, by the way, is already sold out for the entire first year of production, so if you want a new car this year you just might have to go for one of those other options.

Other than the Prius, there's the Honda Insight; while the Insight is priced even lower, it's a mild hybrid and doesn't return fuel-efficiency numbers that are quite as high as those of the Prius.

The Lexus CT 200h is another new alternative; it's a stylish five-door hatchback that borrows elements from both the Prius and the HS 250h sedan, has a slightly sportier feel, and gets more than 40 mpg combined.

Also, beginning in 2012, there will be a number of other all-electric models introduced.

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The 2011 Nissan Leaf is the first all-electric car from a major carmaker; if you can live with a 100-mile range, it's the greenest car on the market.
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51 mpg city! The 2011 Toyota Prius remains the highest-mileage hybrid on the market, but that doesn't get in the way of practicality or comfort.
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MSRP From  
$32,780$22,120$109,000
Gas Mileage  
51 MPG City / 48 MPG Hwy
Engine  
ElectricGas/Electric I4Electric Pwr
EPA Class  
MidsizeMid-sizeTwo-Seater Passenger Car
Style Name  
4-Door HB SV w/Cold Weather Pkg *Ltd Avail*5-Door HB I (SE)2-Door Convertible
Drivetrain  
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
552
Passenger Doors  
N/AN/A2
Body Style  
4 Door Hatchback5 Door Liftback2 Door Convertible
Transmission  
AutomaticCVTAutomatic
 
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