Compare 2014 BMW i3 vs 2014 Chevrolet Volt vs 2014 Tesla Model S

2014 BMW i3
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2014 Chevrolet Volt
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2014 Tesla Model S
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4-Door HB
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door HB N/A N/A $38,040 $41,350
4-Door HB w/Range Extender N/A N/A $41,585 $45,200
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5-Door HB
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
5-Door HB 35 40 $32,817 $34,185
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4-Door Sedan 60 kWh Battery
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 60 kWh Battery N/A N/A N/A $69,900
4-Door Sedan 85 kWh Battery N/A N/A N/A $79,900
4-Door Sedan P85 N/A N/A N/A $93,400
4-Door Sedan P85D N/A N/A N/A $119,000
Pricing
Invoice Price
$38,040
$32,817
N/A
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$41,350
$34,185
$69,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$689 / month
$570 / month
$1165 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
7.6
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2014 BMW i3 is a truly radical attempt to reinvent the car--and the BMW--for the crowded cities of a new century. The 2014 Chevrolet Volt is one of the best plug-in vehicles on the market, and it costs $5,000 less than it did last year. Now in its third year, the 2014 Tesla Model S has no direct competitor. It remains the undisputed top choice in the growing world of plug-in electric cars, and there's a good case to be made that it's the most advanced car of any kind on the planet.
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Fuel Economy
City
- 35 mpg -
Highway
- 40 mpg -
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Compact Cars Large Cars
Number of Passenger Doors
- 4 -
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 36.02 35.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
49.2 53.90 55
Front Head Room (in)
39.6 37.80 38.8
Passenger Capacity
4 4 5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.6 56.52 57.7
Second Leg Room (in)
31.9 34.10 35.4
Front Leg Room (in)
40.5 42.05 42.7
Front Hip Room (in)
- 53.73 55
Second Hip Room (in)
- 51.21 54.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 90.0 94
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70 70.40 77.3
Track Width, Front (in)
61.9 61.20 65.4
Length, Overall (in)
157 177.10 195.9
Height, Overall (in)
62 56.64 56.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
62 62.10 66.9
Wheelbase (in)
101 105.70 116.5
Liftover Height (in)
- - TBD - -
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- - TBD - -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
36.9 - 58.1
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
15.1 - 26.3
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 10.6 -
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11 11.50 x - TBD - 14.4
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc Regenerative 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11 11.80 x - TBD - 14
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Electric Pwr Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
32.3 36.00 37
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- 2.80 -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- - TBD - -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- 15.4 -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P155/70R19 P215/55R17 P245/45WR19
Spare Tire Size
NA NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA 5GN NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P155/70R19 P215/55R17 P245/45WR19
Rear Tire Order Code
NA 5GN NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2799 3786 4647
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Forged Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 X 5 17 x 7.0 19 X 8
Front Wheel Material
Forged Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 X 5 17 x 7.0 19 X 8
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA NA
Engine
Engine Type
Electric Gas/Electric I4 Electric
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
184 273 317
Engine Order Code
NA LUU NA
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 4800 149 302 @ 5000
Fuel System
- Electronic Fuel Injection -
Displacement
- 1.4L/85 -
Mileage
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy
111 93 (2013) 97
Battery Range (mi)
81 38 208
EPA MPG Equivalent - City
137 101 (2013) 94
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined
124 98 95
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 37 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
- 40 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
- 35 -
Transmission
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front wheel drive Rear Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
9.70 NA 9.73
Trans Type
1 1 1
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Trans Order Code
NA MKA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA 8.28
Clutch Size (in)
- NA -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA -
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- NA -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA -
Summary
Body Style
Hatchback Hatchback Hatchback
Vehicle Name
BMW i3 Chevrolet Volt Tesla Model S
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut NA Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Compound Crank Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link NA Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut MacPherson Strut Double Wishbone
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- - TBD - -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- NA -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- - TBD - -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- NA -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
- 9.3 -
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- NA -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- NA -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- NA -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- NA -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- - TBD - -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- - TBD - -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- - TBD - -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
- - TBD - -
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 10 -
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
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating
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