Compare 2012 Chevrolet Volt vs 2012 Nissan Leaf vs 2012 Toyota Prius

2012 Chevrolet Volt
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2012 Toyota Prius
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5-Door HB
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Volt 5-Door HB 35 40 $37,579 $39,145
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4-Door HB SL
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
LEAF 4-Door HB SL N/A N/A $35,668 $37,250
LEAF 4-Door HB SV N/A N/A $33,707 $35,200
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5-Door HB Five
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Prius 5-Door HB Five 51 48 $27,744 $29,805
Prius 5-Door HB Four 51 48 $26,284 $28,235
Prius 5-Door HB One 51 48 $21,864 $23,015
Prius 5-Door HB Three 51 48 $23,799 $25,265
Prius 5-Door HB Two 51 48 $22,560 $24,000
Prius Plug-In 5-Door HB 51 49 $30,721 $32,000
Prius Plug-In 5-Door HB Advanced 51 49 $37,945 $39,525
Pricing
Invoice Price
$37,579
$35,668
$27,744
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$39,145
$37,250
$29,805
Monthly Payment Estimate
$652 / month
$621 / month
$497 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
7.8
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Chevrolet Volt is the plug-in electric car you drive as far as you want--if you can find one to buy. The 2012 Nissan Leaf is, quite simply, the first battery electric vehicle built in volume by any major carmaker; if you can get comfortable with its range of 70 to 100 miles, it's the greenest car you can buy. The 2012 Toyota Prius remains the highest-mileage car offered in the U.S., and it's a practical and capacious mid-size hatchback with room for five
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Fuel Economy
City
35 mpg 0 mpg 51 mpg
Highway
40 mpg 0 mpg 48 mpg
Vehicle
Number of Passenger Doors
4 - -
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Midsize Midsize Cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
53.7 51.5 52.7
Second Leg Room (in)
34.1 31.1 36.0
Front Head Room (in)
37.8 41.2 38.6
Passenger Capacity
4 5 5
Second Hip Room (in)
51.2 50.0 51.2
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.5 54.4 54.9
Second Head Room (in)
36.0 37.3 37.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.9 52.5 53.1
Front Leg Room (in)
42.1 42.1 42.5
Passenger Volume (ft³)
90.0 98.3 93.7
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.1 60.4 59.4
Wheelbase (in)
105.7 106.3 106.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.4 69.7 68.7
Track Width, Front (in)
61.2 60.6 59.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 6.3 5.5
Length, Overall (in)
177.1 175.0 175.6
Height, Overall (in)
56.6 61.0 58.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
10.6 - -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 14.5 21.6
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- 24.0 67.3
Brakes
Brake Type
Regenerative Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x - TBD - 11.1 x 1.1 10.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
Four-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.5 x - TBD - 11.5 x 0.6 10.2 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
9.3 NA 11.9
Steering
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Electric Pwr Electric Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 - TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 36.1 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.4 - TBD - 34.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.0 34.1 - TBD -
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/55R17 P205/55R16 P215/45R17
Rear Tire Order Code
5GN NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/55R17 P205/55R16 P215/45R17
Spare Tire Size
NA NA T135/80D16
Front Tire Order Code
5GN NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3781 3401 3042
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.0 16 x - TBD - 17 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.0 16 x - TBD - 17 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - NA - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - NA - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Electric/Gas I4 Electric Gas/Electric I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection NA Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
- TBD - 207 @ - TBD - 105 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
LUU EM61 NA
Displacement
1.4L/85 NA 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
- TBD - 107 @ - TBD - 98 @ 5200
Mileage
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy
93 92 -
Battery Range (mi)
35 73 -
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
37 NA 50
EPA MPG Equivalent - City
95 106 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
40 NA 48
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined
94 99 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
35 NA 51
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA NA
Trans Order Code
MKA RE1F61A NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
NA 7.93 - TBD -
Drivetrain
Front wheel drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic Continuously Variable Ratio
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA NA
Trans Type
1 1 1
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Volt Nissan LEAF Toyota Prius
Body Style
Hatchback 4 Door Hatchback Hatchback
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
NA - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Rear
Compound Crank Torsion Beam Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.0 NA 3.8
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
8 NA 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
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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