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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