Compare 2016 BMW i3 vs 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV vs 2016 Nissan Leaf

2016 BMW i3
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2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
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2016 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 ES
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
i-MiEV 4-Door HB ES N/A N/A $22,500 $22,995
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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 $34,843 $36,790
LEAF 4-Door HB SV N/A N/A $32,394 $34,200
Pricing
Invoice Price
$39,510
$22,500
$27,486
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$42,400
$22,995
$29,010
Monthly Payment Estimate
$707 / month
$383 / month
$484 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.6
6.6
7.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2016 BMW i3 is a futuristic and different kind of car, not just a new take on what a BMW represents. The 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV is nimble around town, can carry four adults, and has the lowest price tag of any electric car sold in the U.S.--but both its range and performance are only marginal at highway speeds. The 2016 Nissan Leaf remains a somewhat appliance-like drive, but its new range rating of 107 miles raises it to the top of its class—and it's still smooth, quiet, and calming to drive.
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Fuel Economy
City
0 mpg 0 mpg 0 mpg
Highway
0 mpg 0 mpg 0 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Subcompact Cars Mid-Size Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
49.2 54.8 52.5
Front Head Room (in)
39.6 35.6 41.2
Passenger Capacity
4 4 5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.6 54.8 54.3
Second Leg Room (in)
31.9 30 33.3
Front Leg Room (in)
40.5 33.8 42.1
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 34.3 37.3
Second Hip Room (in)
- 47.8 50
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 84.7 92.4
Front Hip Room (in)
- 49.4 51.7
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
157 144.7 175
Height, Overall (in)
62 63.6 61
Track Width, Rear (in)
62 54.3 60.4
Wheelbase (in)
101 100.4 106.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70 62.4 69.7
Track Width, Front (in)
61.9 55.9 60.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 6.1 6.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
15.1 13.2 24
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
36.9 50.4 30
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes - Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11 8 11.5
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc Front Disc/Rear Drum 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA 8 NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11 10.1 11.1
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
32.3 30.8 34.2
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P155/70R19 P175/60HR15 P205/55HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P155/70R19 P145/65HR15 P205/55HR16
Spare Tire Size
NA NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2799 2579 3256
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 X 5 15 X 6.5 16 X 6
Front Wheel Material
Forged Aluminum Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 X 5 15 X 5.5 16 X 6
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Forged Aluminum Aluminum Steel
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
184 145 187
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 4800 66 @ 3000 107
Engine Type
Electric Electric Electric
Mileage
Battery Range (mi)
81 62 84
EPA MPG Equivalent - City
137 126 126
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined
124 112 114
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy
111 99 101
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
9.70 7.07 7.94
Trans Type
1 1 1
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Summary
Body Style
Hatchback Hatchback Hatchback
Vehicle Name
BMW i3 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Nissan LEAF
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Torsion Beam Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Torsion Beam Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut Strut
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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