Compare 2016 Chevrolet Volt vs 2016 Ford Focus Electric vs 2016 Nissan Leaf

2016 Chevrolet Volt
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2016 Ford Focus Electric
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2016 Nissan Leaf
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5-Door HB LT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Volt 5-Door HB LT 43 42 $31,843 $33,170
Volt 5-Door HB Premier 43 42 $36,019 $37,520
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5-Door HB
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Focus Electric 5-Door HB N/A N/A $27,858 $29,170
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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
$31,843
$27,858
$27,486
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$33,170
$29,170
$29,010
Monthly Payment Estimate
$553 / month
$486 / month
$484 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
6.8
7.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The new 2016 Chevy Volt improves on its predecessor in every way that counts, and its 53-mile range is unsurpassed among plug-in hybrids—meaning its biggest weak spot is GM’s ability to explain and market it. The 2016 Ford Focus Electric is fun to drive, though its range is lower than the Nissan Leaf and others; its "regular car" looks may appeal to some, but it's sold only in small numbers in a handful of markets. 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
43 mpg 0 mpg 0 mpg
Highway
42 mpg 0 mpg 0 mpg
Vehicle
Number of Passenger Doors
4 - -
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Compact Cars Mid-Size Cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.50 55.6 54.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
90.0 90.7 92.4
Second Head Room (in)
35.80 37.9 37.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.20 53.7 52.5
Front Leg Room (in)
42.10 41.9 42.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.70 53.9 51.7
Second Leg Room (in)
34.70 33.2 33.3
Front Head Room (in)
37.80 38.3 41.2
Second Hip Room (in)
51.30 52.7 50
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - 6.3
Length, Overall (in)
180.40 172.9 175
Height, Overall (in)
56.4 58.2 61
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.80 59.6 60.4
Wheelbase (in)
106.10 104.3 106.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.20 71.8 69.7
Track Width, Front (in)
60.60 60.5 60.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
10.6 - -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 14.5 24
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- - 30
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.00 x - TBD - 10.7 11.5
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)
10.87 x - TBD - 10.9 11.1
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
8.9 - -
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.7 - -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.40 40.7 34.2
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0 - -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P215/50R17 P225/50HR17 P205/55HR16
Spare Tire Size
NA NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
5GP NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/50R17 P225/50HR17 P205/55HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
5GP NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3543 3640 3256
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.0 17 X 7 16 X 6
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.0 17 X 7 16 X 6
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.4 - -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - -
Engine
Displacement
1.5L/91 - -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
149 143 107
Engine Type
Gas/Electric I4 Electric Electric
Fuel System
Direct Injection - -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
294 184 187
Engine Order Code
L3A NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
42 - -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
43 - -
Battery Range (mi)
53 76 84
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
42 - -
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined
106 105 114
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy
- 99 101
EPA MPG Equivalent - City
- 110 126
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA - -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA - -
Trans Type
1 1 1
Drivetrain
Front wheel drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA - -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
NA - -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA - -
Trans Order Code
MKV 44H NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.64 7.82 7.94
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA - -
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA - -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
NA - -
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Volt Ford Focus Electric Nissan LEAF
Body Style
Hatchback Hatchback Hatchback
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
NA - -
Suspension Type - Rear
Compound Crank Short And Long Arm Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs Short And Long Arm Torsion Beam
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Strut Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
1.3 - -
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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