The Nissan Leaf and the Tesla Model 3 are among the most popular fully electric vehicles on the market today. However, how do they stack up side by side? Here we will examine the space in each, their drivability, price, and batteries.
Interior Size And Features
The Nissan Leaf takes a slight early lead regarding interior size and cargo space. The Tesla Model 3 has 112 Cu. Ft. of internal volume, whereas the Leaf offers slightly more at 116 Cu. Ft. While that difference is minimal in terms of numbers, the Leaf uses its space better, and the real-life cargo and trunk volume of the Leaf beats out the Tesla by offering 23 Cu. Ft. of cargo space over the Model 3's meager 15 Cu. Ft. However, slight this difference is, the Leaf also wins out by affording more overall headroom and improved legroom for passengers.
While the interiors of the Leaf and Model 3 appeal to different aesthetic tastes, one design is not superior to the other. The Leaf and Model 3 have similar driver assistance, with lane monitoring, forward collision technology, and parking assistance. While Tesla does offer fully autonomous driving, it is up to the owner whether they are willing to cede control over to the car's AI.
Finally, the Left does offer other quality-of-life features standard over the optional and expensive choices on Tesla. All Nissan vehicles, the Leaf included, come prepared with Apple Car Play® and Android Auto® ready to go out the gate. Where you can connect your phone directly in the Leaf, the Tesla requires drivers to utilize their proprietary interface, which can be far more clunky and unintuitive to anyone who has not owned a Tesla.
Winner: Nissan Leaf
Drivability And Battery
By their nature as electric vehicles, the Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model 3 both can boast near instantaneous torque, emission-free driving, and no need for oil changes, which drive down the maintenance costs of both vehicles. The Tesla blows out the Leaf in terms of horsepower and battery life. The Tesla is trying to be a moderate-level sports car, whereas the Leaf has suited itself more as an everyday driver. Additionally, both run on different types of batteries as the Leaf can reach a maximum of 226 miles on a single charge, and the long-range battery of the Tesla tops out at 322 miles. However, as we will explore in the next section, that level of the range comes at a high cost.
Winner: Tesla Model 3
The most significant factor when deciding on a car is how much each one will cost. As of the time of writing, the new Nissan Leaf Pluses price is roughly $17,000 less than the premier version of the Tesla Model 3. While both vehicles offer some federal tax credit, the Nissan Leaf offers a far better deal per dollar spent. Further, the Nissan Leaf wins out on practicality. While Tesla is a growing brand, there are still far more Nissan dealerships and mechanics that can easily access any necessary parts for maintenance. This availability drives the cost of owning a Nissan Leaf even lower, making it the far more economical model when choosing between the two. Overall Winner: The Nissan Leaf
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