Electric Adversaries: 2013 Chevy Volt vs. 2013 Nissan Leaf
12
April
2013

The popularity of electric fuel efficient cars is continuing to grow. As gas prices continue to rise and people become more environmentally conscious, sales for electric and hybrid cars have been growing. With the rise in popularity and profitability of these types of vehicles, there has been an increase in the amount of options for potential buyers. Let’s take a look at two of the premier choices: the 2013 Chevy Volt and the 2013 Nissan Leaf.

Price
This is always a good place to start when comparing two vehicles. Depending on your budget, price may be the most heavily weighted factor that goes into the decision of buying a car. Price is an important aspect and must be taken into account.

The Nissan Leaf must be given the nod in the category of price. With a starting MSRP of $28,800, the Leaf is over $10,000 dollars cheaper than the Chevy Volt which has a starting MSRP of $39,145. However, this 28,800 MSRP is for the Nissan Leaf S which is the cheapest model. The more expensive Nissan Leaf SL has an MSRP of $34,840 which is much closer to the Volt.

Electric Mileage/Driving Range
Another important factor to consider when comparing electric cars such as these is driving range. This is the amount of distance they can go on an electric battery or the electric mileage they have.

Again, the edge must be given to the Nissan Leaf with regards to electric mileage. The Leaf boasts 130 MPG city and 102 MPG highway which is slightly better than the Volt’s 101 city and 93 highway respectively.

As for driving range, the Leaf does have more range on the electric battery with a range of 50 – 80 miles, whereas the Volt has a range of about 38 miles. However, it worth noting sine the Volt is not 100% electric it does give you the option of using the gas engine after the electric battery dies. This is not possible with the completely electric Leaf.

Performance
Performance is something that is usually on the forefront of any car buyer’s mind. It is important to many people because if often determines how fun the car is to drive.

The Volt gets the nod in this category as it provides much more power than the Leaf. The Volt is equipped with 149 horsepower as compared to the Leaf’s 107 horsepower. The Volt also tops the Leaf in torque with 273 lb.-ft. as opposed to the Leaf’s 187 lb.-ft.

Aesthetics/Miscellaneous
Another thing that is important to people is how the car actually looks. Even with all the power or fuel economy in the world, people still won’t drive a car that isn’t stylish or aesthetically pleasing.

The first thing to consider is the body. The Leaf is made of galvanized steel and aluminum whereas the Volt is comprised fully of galvanized steel. Also, the Volt has an actual grill while the Leaf does not.

The Leaf offers seating for five people whereas the Volt only offers seating for four. However, the Volt is bigger and offers more room for those who sit in the backseat.

The Volt also offers a longer warranty on powertrain by 40,000 miles along with superior warranties on other aspects.

While both cars are great electric options, they both have their advantages and disadvantages. When shopping for a car such as these two, it is important to weigh the pros and cons differently in regards to what is important to you. Hopefully, this basic comparison can help you make a more informed decision regarding what electric car is right for you.

Vince Evans is a self-medicated car freak who gets his fix by going to every auto auction within driving distance. If he can’t be there, he writes about New York car auctions.

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