2012 Coda Sedan vs. Its Competition

2012 Coda Sedan
John Voelcker John Voelcker Senior Editor

The 2012 Coda Sedan is the only all-electric compact four-door sedan on the market; both the Nissan Leaf and the low-volume Ford Focus Electric are five-door hatchbacks.

They also have slightly lower EPA-rated electric ranges.

The Ford has a 6.6-kilowatt charger like the Coda, whereas the Leaf's 3.3-kW charger will take twice as long for recharging.

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV minicar is also all-electric, and less expensive, but its 62-mile range is a show stopper for many.

The Chevrolet Volt blends a 38-mile electric range with unlimited travel using its gasoline range extender, while the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid adds a small amount of electric range (6 to 11 miles) to its well-known Prius hybrid hatchback.

None of the competitors offer quite the package the Coda Sedan does, but they're all better built and come from known automakers that will clearly be around 10 years hence.

2012 Coda Sedan2012 Coda Sedan
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2012 Chevrolet Volt 5dr HB Angular Front Exterior View2012 Chevrolet Volt
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2012 Ford Focus Electric, New York City, April 20122012 Ford Focus Electric
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2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV 4-door HB SE Side Exterior View2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
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2012 Nissan Leaf, Electric Avenue, 2010 Detroit Auto Show2012 Nissan Leaf
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2012 Toyota Prius Plug In 5dr HB (SE) Angular Front Exterior View2012 Toyota Prius Plug In
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Quick Specs
The 2012 Coda Sedan is an unknown quantity, and a no-nonsense electric-propelled four-door compromised by odd design decisions and low build quality.
The 2012 Chevrolet Volt is the plug-in electric car you drive as far as you want--if you can find one to buy.
The 2012 Ford Focus Electric is fun to drive, matches the Nissan Leaf for range and efficiency, and looks just like a "regular" car, which may appeal to some buyers. It's available only in very limited markets, however, and its $40,000 price will likely turn off some potential customers.
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.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
35 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy51 MPG City / 49 MPG Hwy
N/AElectric/Gas I4ElectricElectricElectricGas/Electric I4
EPA Class     
N/ACompact CarsCompactSubcompact carMidsizeMid-size
Style Name     
N/A5-Door HB5-Door HB4-Door HB ES4-Door HB SV5-Door HB (GS)
N/AFront wheel driveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
N/AHatchbackHatchback4 Door Sedan4 Door Hatchback5 Door Liftback
Detailed Spec Comparison
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