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2012 Chevrolet Volt
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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 Coming Soon 51 mpg

Highway

40 mpg Coming Soon 48 mpg

Vehicle

Number of Passenger Doors

4 - -

EPA Classification

Compact Cars Midsize Midsize Cars

Interior Dimensions

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

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

Exterior Dimensions

Height, Overall (in)

56.6 61.0 58.7

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

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

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

11.5 x - TBD - 11.5 x 0.6 10.2 x - TBD -

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

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 Size

NA NA T135/80D16

Front Tire Order Code

5GN NA NA

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

Trailering

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA NA NA

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

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

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

- TBD - NA - TBD -

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -

Engine

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

- TBD - 107 @ - TBD - 98 @ 5200

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

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

35 NA 51

EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy

93 92 -

Estimated 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 -

Transmission

Reverse Ratio (:1)

NA - TBD - - TBD -

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

NA NA NA

Trans Order Code

MKA RE1F61A NA

Drivetrain

Front wheel drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

NA 7.93 - TBD -

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

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

NA w/Coil Springs NA

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

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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