The 2016 Nissan Leaf is by far the world's most popular electric car, though in its sixth year, competitors often best it in specific areas.
Still, it remains a smart, well-developed package, and by far the most widely distributed battery-electric car in the country.
Its strongest competition among battery-electric cars may be the smaller but much higher-tech BMW i3, with its optional range-extending engine—though at 82 or 73 miles of the range, the BMWs have fallen behind the Leaf.
The Ford Focus Electric is a much closer package, but its 76-mile range and 3.3-kw charger handicap it.
Then there's the amazing Tesla Model S, with higher ranges but a price that starts at more than twice that of a base Leaf S.
This year's new Chevy Volt has a much longer electric range of 53 miles, and a quieter, more powerful engine to eliminate recharging stops and range anxiety—we think it'll be strong competition, though it costs more than all but a top-level Leaf.
Finally, Ford C-Max Energi offers a nominal electric range of 18 miles in a tall, compact hatchback body and is nicer inside than the Leaf.
It also performs better, but its cargo capacity is compromised by its battery pack under the load bay.
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