The 2014 Nissan Leaf is a practical compact hatchback, but its main selling point is that it plugs in.
Its competitors with plugs include the Chevy Volt, which led it (barely) in sales during 2013.
The Volt has a range-extending engine that eliminates range anxiety after its battery delivers 38 miles or so of range, but the tradeoff is a higher price and four seats instead of five.
Two plug-in hybrids, the Ford C-Max Energi and Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, offer nominal electric ranges of 21 and 11 miles, respectively, in compact hatchback bodies.
The C-Max is nicer inside and performs better, but the Prius gets better gas mileage when it's depleted its (tiny) battery.
The Ford Focus Electric is also a five-door hatchback battery-electric model, but while it's available nationally, it sells in tiny numbers--seemingly because Ford doesn't really care about the car.
Finally, there's the Tesla Model S, which sells in numbers almost as high as the Leaf.
Its ranges (208 or 265 miles) are far higher than the Leaf's, but the price is twice as high.
The Tesla is a striking, fast, luxury electric car with an image that just can't be beat--but it comes at a price.
|2014 Nissan Leaf||2014 Ford Focus Electric||2014 Ford C-Max Energi||2014 Toyota Prius Plug In||2014 Tesla Model S||2013 Chevrolet Volt|
|$28,980Browse Used Listings||$29,170Browse Used Listings||$31,635Browse Used Listings||$29,990Browse Used Listings||$69,900Browse Used Listings||$39,145Browse Used Listings|
|40 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||51 MPG City / 49 MPG Hwy||35 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy|
|Electric||Electric||Gas/Electric I-4||Gas/Electric I-4||Electric||Gas/Electric I4|
|Mid-Size Cars||Compact Cars||Mid-Size Cars||Mid-Size Cars||Large Cars||Compact Cars|
|4-Door HB S||5-Door HB||Energi 5-Door HB SEL||5-Door HB (GS)||4-Door Sedan 60 kWh Battery||5-Door HB|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front wheel drive|
|Automatic||Automatic||CVT w/OD||CVT w/OD||Automatic||Automatic|