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Compare 2015 BMW i3 vs 2015 Nissan Leaf

2015 BMW i3
2015 Nissan Leaf
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4-Door HB
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
i3 4-Door HB N/A N/A $39,510 $42,400
i3 4-Door HB w/Range Extender N/A N/A $43,050 $46,250
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4-Door HB S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
LEAF 4-Door HB S N/A N/A $27,486 $29,010
LEAF 4-Door HB SL N/A N/A $33,265 $35,120
LEAF 4-Door HB SV N/A N/A $30,313 $32,000
Pricing
Invoice Price
$39,510
$27,486
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$42,400
$29,010
Monthly Payment Estimate
$707 / month
$484 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
7.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2015 BMW i3 is not just a new kind of BMW, but a different sort of car, one that aims to reimagine the way people get around in crowded cities. The 2015 Nissan Leaf is the best-selling electric car in the world, and while it's a little appliance-like, it's a real car that delivers a quiet, smooth ride for only pennies per mile.
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Fuel Economy
City
0 mpg 0 mpg
Highway
0 mpg 0 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Mid-Size Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
31.9 33.3
Front Leg Room (in)
40.5 42.1
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 37.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
49.2 52.5
Front Head Room (in)
39.6 41.2
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.6 54.3
Front Hip Room (in)
- 51.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 92.4
Second Hip Room (in)
- 50
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
62 61
Track Width, Rear (in)
62 60.4
Wheelbase (in)
101 106.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70 69.7
Track Width, Front (in)
61.9 60.6
Length, Overall (in)
157 175
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 6.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
36.9 30
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
15.1 24
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11 11.1
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)
11 11.5
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
32.3 34.2
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P155/70R19 P205/55HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P155/70R19 P205/55HR16
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2860 3256
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Forged Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 X 5 16 X 6
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Forged Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 X 5 16 X 6
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 4800 107
Engine Type
Electric Electric
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
184 187
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA MPG Equivalent - City
137 126
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined
124 114
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy
111 101
Battery Range (mi)
81 84
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
9.70 7.94
Trans Type
1 1
Summary
Vehicle Name
BMW i3 Nissan LEAF
Body Style
Hatchback Hatchback
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Torsion Beam
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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