Who doesn’t like a sporty, fun, and eco-friendly car? If you are in the market for an electric car, there are two choices you’ll want to consider. The Chevy Volt vs Nissan Leaf debate heated up as soon as they were introduced to the public, and still rages on today. The Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf may seem to be similar cars on the surface, but there are some important differences you should consider.
The 2012 Chevy Volt starts around $39,195 and can run up to $46,000 with customization options (don’t forget the $7,500 federal rebate for the Volt and $1500 in purchase rebates which you can qualify for) . Accessories that you can add include a navigational system and upgraded audio, upgraded leather seating with heating, 17″ sport alloy or 5 spoke aluminum wheels, and rear camera with parking assistance. The base model is functional, but the options for customizing can make the Volt a much more comfortable ride.
The 2012 Nissan Leaf SV model begins at $35,200 and the SL model begins at $37,250. With available options included, the price can go up to around $40,000 (also available with hefty federal and state rebates and tax allowances).. The optional accessories include items like splashguards, sticker packages, a nose mask, a cargo net, and a protection package. Basically everything you would really want for your vehicle is already included when you purchase it.
The Chevy Volt
The 2012 Chevy Volt has a 149 hp electric drive unit with 273 lb.-ft. of torque. The first 35 miles the Volt will drive on electric power only. After that it uses a gas generator that produces electricity, allowing it to drive for up to 375 miles on a tank of gas.
Some of the options included with the Volt are the myChevrolet app to monitor the battery level and charging, anti-lock and brake assist, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, wireless Bluetooth for phones, and Onstar with 3 years of service.
The Nissan Leaf
The 2012 Nissan Leaf has something that makes it stand apart from the rest, namely the fact the vehicle is completely electric. The idea of never visiting a gas station again is very appealing, but each charge on the car only lasts up to 100 miles. When driving an electric car, one of the interesting things is that you don’t have the wait time for the motor to gain speed while driving.
The Nissan Leaf offers two model versions, the SV and the SL. The SV includes features such as LED headlights, a navigational system, hands-free Bluetooth, and a 36-month free Carwings subscription that works with your phone system. The SL offers all of the base features of the SV with the addition of a quick charge port, review monitoring system, a solar panel rear spoiler, and a regenerative braking system.
The Chevy Volt can carry up to four passengers and has a smaller cargo space than the Leaf. The Nissan Leaf can carry five passengers and has more room to carry things with you.
On the exterior, both the Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf are built to be aerodynamic. This enables them to reduce drag and wind noise, helping make the ride more enjoyable. The interior of the Volt is both fun and practical, with numerous color options. The interior of the Leaf is clean and functional, and even the interior materials are made from recycled products.
Overall, the differences between the Chevy Volt vs Nissan Leaf come down to the needs of the buyer. If you are looking for a car that has the flexibility of being used even when it runs out of charge, the Chevy Volt is your best bet. The Nissan Leaf is better suited to a buyer who is looking to drive it a consistent amount, and isn’t worried about driving long distances with this car.