Compare 2012 Nissan Leaf vs 2012 Tesla Model S vs 2012 Toyota RAV4

2012 Nissan Leaf
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2012 Tesla Model S
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2012 Toyota RAV4
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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
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4WD 4-Door I4
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RAV4 4WD 4-Door I4 21 27 $22,487 $24,050
RAV4 4WD 4-Door I4 Limited 21 27 $24,982 $26,720
RAV4 4WD 4-Door I4 Sport 21 27 $24,077 $25,750
RAV4 4WD 4-Door V6 19 26 $24,390 $26,085
RAV4 4WD 4-Door V6 Limited 19 26 $26,788 $28,650
RAV4 4WD 4-Door V6 Sport 19 26 $25,882 $27,680
RAV4 FWD 4-Door I4 22 28 $21,178 $22,650
RAV4 FWD 4-Door I4 Limited 22 28 $23,684 $25,330
RAV4 FWD 4-Door I4 Sport 22 28 $22,768 $24,350
RAV4 FWD 4-Door V6 19 27 $23,081 $24,685
RAV4 FWD 4-Door V6 Limited 19 27 $25,479 $27,250
RAV4 FWD 4-Door V6 Sport 19 27 $24,573 $26,280
RAV4 EV FWD 4-Door N/A N/A $47,808 $49,800

Pricing

Invoice Price

$35,668
Coming Soon
$22,487

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$37,250
$57,400
$24,050

Monthly Payment Estimate

$621 / month
$957 / month
$401 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

7.8
8.4
6.8

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. The unlikely Toyota-Tesla partnership has produced what may just be the best battery-electric vehicle below Tesla's own Model S luxury sedan. Its power, 100 miles of real-world range, and interior space add up to a very appealing electric crossover.

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Fuel Economy

City

Coming Soon Coming Soon 21 mpg

Highway

Coming Soon Coming Soon 27 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Midsize NA Sport Utility Vehicle

Number of Passenger Doors

- 4 -

Interior Dimensions

Second Hip Room (in)

50.0 54.7 52.4

Front Shoulder Room (in)

54.4 57.7 57.1

Passenger Volume (ft³)

98.3 94.0 108.2

Second Head Room (in)

37.3 35.3 39.7

Second Shoulder Room (in)

52.5 55.0 55.3

Front Leg Room (in)

42.1 42.7 41.8

Passenger Capacity

5 5 5

Front Hip Room (in)

51.5 55.0 53.8

Second Leg Room (in)

31.1 35.4 38.3

Front Head Room (in)

41.2 38.8 40.8

Third Shoulder Room (in)

- - NA

Third Leg Room (in)

- - NA

Third Hip Room (in)

- - NA

Third Head Room (in)

- - NA

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Front (in)

60.6 65.4 61.4

Min Ground Clearance (in)

6.3 6.0 7.5

Length, Overall (in)

175.0 196.0 181.9

Height, Overall (in)

61.0 56.5 66.3

Track Width, Rear (in)

60.4 66.9 61.4

Wheelbase (in)

106.3 116.5 104.7

Liftover Height (in)

- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

69.7 77.3 71.5

Rear Door Opening Height (in)

- - - TBD -

Rear Door Opening Width (in)

- - - TBD -

Cargo Area Dimensions

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)

14.5 - -

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)

24.0 - -

Trunk Volume (ft³)

- - TBD - -

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)

- - - TBD -

Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)

- - 36.4

Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)

- - - TBD -

Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)

- - - TBD -

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)

- - - TBD -

Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)

- - 73.0

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)

- - NA

Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)

- - NA

Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)

- - - TBD -

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)

11.5 x 0.6 14.4 x 1.1 11.2 x - TBD -

Brake Type

Pwr 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)

11.1 x 1.1 14.0 x 1.3 10.8 x - TBD -

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

NA NA 15.9

Steering

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

- TBD - - TBD - 14.6

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

34.1 37.0 34.8

Steering Type

Electric Pwr Electric Rack-&-Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

- TBD - - TBD - 2.7

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

36.1 N/A - TBD -

Tires

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA NA

Front Tire Size

P205/55R16 245/45R19 P215/70R16

Spare Tire Size

NA NA P215/70R16

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P205/55R16 245/45R19 P215/70R16

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA NA 150

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA NA NA

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA NA 1500

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA NA NA

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3401 4647 3494

Wheels

Front Wheel Size (in)

16 x - TBD - 19 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5

Spare Wheel Size (in)

NA NA 16 x 6.5

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum Steel

Rear Wheel Size (in)

16 x - TBD - 19 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum Steel

Spare Wheel Material

NA NA Steel

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

NA NA 7.2

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

- TBD - NA - TBD -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

NA NA - TBD -

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

207 @ - TBD - 325 172 @ 4000

Engine Order Code

EM61 NA NA

Displacement

NA NA 2.5L/152

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

107 @ - TBD - 362 @ 6000 179 @ 6000

Engine Type

Electric Electric Gas I4

Fuel System

NA NA SFI

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

NA NA 27

EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy

92 - TBD - -

Estimated Battery Range (mi)

73 160 (Est) -

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

NA NA 21

EPA MPG Equivalent - City

106 - TBD - -

EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined

99 - TBD - -

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

NA NA 24

Transmission

Clutch Size (in)

NA NA NA

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

NA NA 1.41

Trans Type

1 1 4

Drivetrain

Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Four Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA NA NA

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

- TBD - - TBD - 3.14

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

NA NA 2.20

Trans Order Code

RE1F61A NA NA

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

7.93 - TBD - 3.08

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA NA 1.02

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic NA Automatic w/OD

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA NA NA

First Gear Ratio (:1)

- TBD - 9.73 3.94

Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)

- NA -

Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)

- NA -

Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High

- - - TBD -

Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low

- - - TBD -

Summary

Vehicle Name

Nissan LEAF Tesla Model S Toyota RAV4

Body Style

4 Door Hatchback Sedan 4 Door

Suspension

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

- TBD - N/A - TBD -

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

- TBD - NA 1.00

Suspension Type - Rear

Torsion Beam Multi-Link Double-wishbone

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs Coil spring

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

- TBD - N/A - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front

MacPherson Strut Double-Wishbone MacPherson strut

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

- TBD - NA 0.87

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs NA

Emissions

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

NA - TBD - 5

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

NA NA 7.8

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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