Compare 2012 Nissan Leaf vs 2012 Tesla Model S

2012 Nissan Leaf
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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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4-Door Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Model S 4-Door Sedan N/A N/A N/A $57,400
Model S 4-Door Sedan Performance N/A N/A N/A $92,400
Model S 4-Door Sedan Signature N/A N/A N/A $95,400
Model S 4-Door Sedan Signature Performance N/A N/A N/A $105,400
Pricing
Invoice Price
$35,668
N/A
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$37,250
$57,400
Monthly Payment Estimate
$621 / month
$957 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
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 Tesla Model S sedan turns out to be a much better car than most expected; it just might meld sport-sedan driving, interior space, and comfort with zero-emission running in one revolutionary package.
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Fuel Economy
City
0 mpg 0 mpg
Highway
0 mpg 0 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize NA
Number of Passenger Doors
- 4
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
50.0 54.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.4 57.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
98.3 94.0
Second Head Room (in)
37.3 35.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.5 55.0
Front Leg Room (in)
42.1 42.7
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
51.5 55.0
Second Leg Room (in)
31.1 35.4
Front Head Room (in)
41.2 38.8
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
60.6 65.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.3 6.0
Length, Overall (in)
175.0 196.0
Height, Overall (in)
61.0 56.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.4 66.9
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 116.5
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.7 77.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
24.0 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
14.5 -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- - TBD -
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.5 x 0.6 14.4 x 1.1
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.1 x 1.1 14.0 x 1.3
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
NA NA
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
36.1 N/A
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.1 37.0
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Electric Rack-&-Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P205/55R16 245/45R19
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/55R16 245/45R19
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3401 4647
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 19 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 19 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
NA NA
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - NA
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
NA NA
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
207 @ - TBD - 325
Engine Order Code
EM61 NA
Displacement
NA NA
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
107 @ - TBD - 362 @ 6000
Engine Type
Electric Electric
Fuel System
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
NA NA
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy
92 - TBD -
Battery Range (mi)
73 160 (Est)
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
NA NA
EPA MPG Equivalent - City
106 - TBD -
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined
99 - TBD -
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
NA NA
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 9.73
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Type
1 1
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - - TBD -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Order Code
RE1F61A NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
7.93 - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Nissan LEAF Tesla Model S
Body Style
4 Door Hatchback Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - N/A
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Double-Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
NA - TBD -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
NA NA
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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