Childre Nissan Compares 2012 Nissan LEAF VS 2012 Toyota Prius Near Gray, GA

Responsive image

2012 Nissan LEAF

Responsive image
VS

2012 Toyota Prius

Safety Comparison

© 1999 - 2020 Advanta-STAR Automotive Research. All rights reserved. This vehicle comparison and all of the content in it are provided only by license from Advanta-STAR Automotive Research Corporation of America. If you are not a legally licensed user of this vehicle comparison, it is against federal law to access it, copy it, forward it or use it in any manner whatsoever. Any unauthorized use of this vehicle comparison is a violation of U.S. and international law and is punishable criminally and civilly. LQPHD-I1ECN 162.241.241.35 2020/02/06

Both the Leaf and the Prius have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Nissan Leaf is safer than the Toyota Prius:

Leaf

Prius

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

106

336

Neck Stress

163 lbs.

225 lbs.

Neck Compression

59 lbs.

66 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

476/264 lbs.

577/356 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Leaf is safer than the Toyota Prius:

Leaf

Prius

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

147 G’s

182 G’s

Hip Force

353 lbs.

491 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

57 G’s

62 G’s

Hip Force

693 lbs.

913 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Engine Comparison

© 1999 - 2020 Advanta-STAR Automotive Research. All rights reserved. This vehicle comparison and all of the content in it are provided only by license from Advanta-STAR Automotive Research Corporation of America. If you are not a legally licensed user of this vehicle comparison, it is against federal law to access it, copy it, forward it or use it in any manner whatsoever. Any unauthorized use of this vehicle comparison is a violation of U.S. and international law and is punishable criminally and civilly. LQPHD-I1ECN 162.241.241.35 2020/02/06

The Leaf’s electric motor produces 54 lbs.-ft. more torque (207 vs. 153) than the Prius’ 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Leaf is faster than the Toyota Prius:

Leaf

Prius

Zero to 30 MPH

3.1 sec

3.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.7 sec

10.6 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

17.8 sec

19.1 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

5.6 sec

5.9 sec

Quarter Mile

17.3 sec

17.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

79.1 MPH

77.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

© 1999 - 2020 Advanta-STAR Automotive Research. All rights reserved. This vehicle comparison and all of the content in it are provided only by license from Advanta-STAR Automotive Research Corporation of America. If you are not a legally licensed user of this vehicle comparison, it is against federal law to access it, copy it, forward it or use it in any manner whatsoever. Any unauthorized use of this vehicle comparison is a violation of U.S. and international law and is punishable criminally and civilly. LQPHD-I1ECN 162.241.241.35 2020/02/06

On the EPA test cycle the Leaf gets better mileage than the Prius (106 city/92 hwy vs. 44 city/40 hwy).

The Leaf’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 100 miles on a full charge. The Prius can only travel about 1 mile before it has to start its internal combustion engine.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

© 1999 - 2020 Advanta-STAR Automotive Research. All rights reserved. This vehicle comparison and all of the content in it are provided only by license from Advanta-STAR Automotive Research Corporation of America. If you are not a legally licensed user of this vehicle comparison, it is against federal law to access it, copy it, forward it or use it in any manner whatsoever. Any unauthorized use of this vehicle comparison is a violation of U.S. and international law and is punishable criminally and civilly. LQPHD-I1ECN 162.241.241.35 2020/02/06

For better stopping power the Leaf’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Prius:

Leaf

Prius

Prius v

Front Rotors

11.1 inches

10 inches

10.8 inches

Rear Rotors

11.5 inches

10.2 inches

11.5 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

© 1999 - 2020 Advanta-STAR Automotive Research. All rights reserved. This vehicle comparison and all of the content in it are provided only by license from Advanta-STAR Automotive Research Corporation of America. If you are not a legally licensed user of this vehicle comparison, it is against federal law to access it, copy it, forward it or use it in any manner whatsoever. Any unauthorized use of this vehicle comparison is a violation of U.S. and international law and is punishable criminally and civilly. LQPHD-I1ECN 162.241.241.35 2020/02/06

For better traction, the Leaf has larger tires than the Prius (205/55R16 vs. 195/65R15).

The Leaf’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Prius’ standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Leaf has standard 16-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Prius.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

© 1999 - 2020 Advanta-STAR Automotive Research. All rights reserved. This vehicle comparison and all of the content in it are provided only by license from Advanta-STAR Automotive Research Corporation of America. If you are not a legally licensed user of this vehicle comparison, it is against federal law to access it, copy it, forward it or use it in any manner whatsoever. Any unauthorized use of this vehicle comparison is a violation of U.S. and international law and is punishable criminally and civilly. LQPHD-I1ECN 162.241.241.35 2020/02/06

The Leaf has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Leaf flat and controlled during cornering. The Prius’ suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Leaf SL executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Prius v (29.1 seconds @ .54 average G’s vs. 29.8 seconds @ .52 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

© 1999 - 2020 Advanta-STAR Automotive Research. All rights reserved. This vehicle comparison and all of the content in it are provided only by license from Advanta-STAR Automotive Research Corporation of America. If you are not a legally licensed user of this vehicle comparison, it is against federal law to access it, copy it, forward it or use it in any manner whatsoever. Any unauthorized use of this vehicle comparison is a violation of U.S. and international law and is punishable criminally and civilly. LQPHD-I1ECN 162.241.241.35 2020/02/06

The Leaf is 6.7 inches shorter than the Prius v, making the Leaf easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

© 1991-2016 Advanta-STAR Automotive Research. All rights reserved. Who We Are
Click here to view the disclaimers, limitations and notices about EPA fuel mileage, crash tests, coprights, trademarks, and other issues.