Compare 2015 Chevrolet Volt vs 2015 Nissan Leaf vs 2015 Tesla Model S

2015 Chevrolet Volt
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2015 Nissan Leaf
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2015 Tesla Model S
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5-Door HB
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Volt 5-Door HB 35 40 $32,971 $34,345
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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
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4-Door Sedan AWD 70D
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Model S 4-Door Sedan AWD 70D N/A N/A N/A $75,000
Model S 4-Door Sedan AWD 85D N/A N/A N/A $85,000
Model S 4-Door Sedan AWD 90D N/A N/A N/A $88,000
Model S 4-Door Sedan AWD P85D N/A N/A N/A $105,000
Model S 4-Door Sedan AWD P90D N/A N/A N/A $108,000
Model S 4-Door Sedan RWD 60 kWh Battery N/A N/A N/A $69,900
Model S 4-Door Sedan RWD 70 kWh Battery N/A N/A N/A $70,000
Model S 4-Door Sedan RWD 85 kWh Battery N/A N/A N/A $80,000
Model S 4-Door Sedan RWD 90 kWh Battery N/A N/A N/A $83,000

Pricing

Invoice Price

$32,971
$27,486
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Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$34,345
$29,010
$75,000

Monthly Payment Estimate

$572 / month
$484 / month
$1250 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

7.6
7.4
8.8

TCC’s Bottom Line

The 2015 Chevrolet Volt remains the only range-extended electric car, and Chevy hasn't done a good job of explaining it, but if you can live with four seats, it's smooth, quiet, comfortable--and one way into the future of cars. 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. The 2015 Tesla Model S has no direct competition; the electric luxury hatchback is the benchmark among its kind in a market with more than 20 plug-in models. It's likely the most advanced car on the planet.

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Fuel Economy

City

35 mpg Coming Soon Coming Soon

Highway

40 mpg Coming Soon Coming Soon

Vehicle

Number of Passenger Doors

4 - -

EPA Classification

Compact Cars Midsize Cars Large Cars

Interior Dimensions

Second Shoulder Room (in)

53.90 52.5 55

Front Leg Room (in)

42.05 42.1 42.7

Passenger Volume (ft³)

90.0 92.4 94

Front Hip Room (in)

53.73 51.7 55

Second Leg Room (in)

34.10 33.3 35.4

Front Head Room (in)

37.80 41.2 38.8

Passenger Capacity

4 5 5

Second Hip Room (in)

51.21 50 54.7

Front Shoulder Room (in)

56.52 54.3 57.7

Second Head Room (in)

36.02 37.3 35.3

Exterior Dimensions

Height, Overall (in)

56.64 61 56.5

Track Width, Rear (in)

62.10 60.4 66.9

Wheelbase (in)

105.70 106.3 116.5

Liftover Height (in)

- TBD - - -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

70.40 69.7 77.3

Track Width, Front (in)

61.20 60.6 65.4

Min Ground Clearance (in)

- TBD - 6.3 -

Length, Overall (in)

177.10 175 196

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

10.6 - -

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)

- 30 58.1

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)

- 24 26.3

Brakes

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

11.50 x - TBD - 11.5 14.4

Brake Type

Regenerative 4-Wheel Disc 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)

11.80 x - TBD - 11.1 14

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

NA NA NA

Brake ABS System

4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Yes Yes Yes

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

9.3 - -

Steering

Steering Type

Electric Pwr Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

2.80 - -

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

- TBD - - -

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

15.4 - -

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

36.00 34.2 -

Tires

Spare Tire Size

NA NA NA

Front Tire Order Code

5GN NA NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P215/55R17 P205/55HR16 P245/45WR19

Rear Tire Order Code

5GN NA NA

Front Tire Size

P215/55R17 P205/55HR16 P245/45WR19

Trailering

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA - -

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA - -

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA - -

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA - -

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3786 3256 4608

Wheels

Rear Wheel Size (in)

17 x 7.0 16 X 6 19 X 8

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Steel Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

NA NA NA

Front Wheel Size (in)

17 x 7.0 16 X 6 19 X 8

Spare Wheel Size (in)

NA NA NA

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Steel Aluminum

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

- TBD - - -

Electrical

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

- TBD - - -

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

- TBD - - -

Engine

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

149 107 329

Engine Type

Gas/Electric I4 Electric Electric

Fuel System

Electronic Fuel Injection - -

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

273 187 -

Engine Order Code

LUU NA NA

Displacement

1.4L/85 - -

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

35 (Est) - -

Estimated Battery Range (mi)

38 84 240

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

37 - -

EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined

98 114 101

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

40 (Est) - -

EPA MPG Equivalent - City

- 126 101

EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy

- 101 102

Transmission

Reverse Ratio (:1)

NA - -

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

NA - -

Trans Order Code

MKA NA NA

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

NA 7.94 9.73

Drivetrain

Front wheel drive Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA - -

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic Automatic Automatic

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA - -

First Gear Ratio (:1)

NA - 8.28

Clutch Size (in)

NA - -

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

NA - -

Trans Type

1 1 1

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA - -

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA NA

Summary

Vehicle Name

Chevrolet Volt Nissan LEAF Tesla Model S

Body Style

Hatchback Hatchback Hatchback

Suspension

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

NA Torsion Beam Multi-Link

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

- TBD - - -

Suspension Type - Front

MacPherson Strut Strut Double Wishbone

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

NA - -

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

NA Strut Double Wishbone

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

- TBD - - -

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

NA - -

Suspension Type - Rear

Compound Crank Torsion Beam Multi-Link

Emissions

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

1.3 - -

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

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

Rollover Rating

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