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
N/A
$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
0 mpg 0 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
0 mpg 0 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize NA Sport Utility Vehicle
Number of Passenger Doors
- 4 -
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
31.1 35.4 38.3
Front Head Room (in)
41.2 38.8 40.8
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
Third Head Room (in)
- - NA
Third Shoulder Room (in)
- - NA
Third Leg Room (in)
- - NA
Third Hip Room (in)
- - NA
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.7 77.3 71.5
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 -
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- - - TBD -
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- - - TBD -
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 - -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
- - NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- - - 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
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.1 x 1.1 14.0 x 1.3 10.8 x - TBD -
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
NA NA 15.9
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
36.1 N/A - TBD -
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
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P205/55R16 245/45R19 P215/70R16
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
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3401 4647 3494
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA Steel
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
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
Fuel System
NA NA SFI
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
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
NA NA 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
NA NA 27
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy
92 - TBD - -
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 - -
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 9.73 3.94
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
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA -
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA -
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- - - TBD -
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- - - TBD -
Summary
Vehicle Name
Nissan LEAF Tesla Model S Toyota RAV4
Body Style
4 Door Hatchback Sedan 4 Door
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - NA 0.87
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs NA
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
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
NA NA 7.8
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
NA - TBD - 5
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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