2013 Nissan Leaf vs. Its Competition

2013 Nissan Leaf, Nashville area test drive, April 2013

The 2013 Nissan Leaf competes with a variety of plug-in cars, both battery electric and plug-in hybrid models.

It is most often compared to the 2013 Chevrolet Volt, which last year outsold it more than 2 to 1.

The Volt's range-extending engine eliminates the Leaf's range anxiety, but adds complexity--and the Volt is now much more expensive than the Leaf.

There's also the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, with a low 6-to-11-mile electric range but the Prius reputation of security for owners taking their first plug-in plunge.

Both the Ford Focus Electric and the much smaller Mitsubishi i-MiEV sold less than a tenth of what the Leaf did last year, and do not have as much support from their makers as the Leaf does from Nissan.

Finally, there's the Tesla Model S, now in production and offering two to four times the electric range, though at prices starting at double those of the Leaf and going up from there.

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Quick Specs
7.8
The 2013 is the greenest car you can buy--if you can live with between 70 and 100 miles of driving range on a full battery charge.
7.4
If you can afford it, the 2013 Chevrolet Volt is one of only a handful of plug-in hybrids on the market, and among the best.
8.6
The Tesla Model S is a revolutionary electric car that blends sporty handling and lots of space, with a range of battery sizes so buyers can choose (and pay for) only the range they need.
MSRP From    
$28,800$39,145$39,200$69,900$29,125
Gas Mileage    
35 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy
Engine    
ElectricGas/Electric I4ElectricElectricElectric
EPA Class    
MidsizeCompact CarsCompactNASubcompact car
Style Name    
4-Door HB S5-Door HB5-Door HB4-Door Sedan4-Door HB ES
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront wheel driveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
54554
Passenger Doors    
N/A4444
Body Style    
4 Door HatchbackHatchbackHatchbackSedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission    
AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticNAAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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