Childre Nissan Compares 2016 Nissan LEAF VS 2015 Toyota Prius Near Warner Robins, GA

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2016 Nissan LEAF

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2015 Toyota Prius

Safety Comparison

The Leaf SV/SL offers an optional Around View ® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Prius only offers a rear monitor.

Both the Leaf and the Prius have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact 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

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

171

203

Neck Injury Risk

24%

32%

Neck Stress

247 lbs.

313 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

430/706 lbs.

572/664 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 and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Leaf is safer than the Toyota Prius:

Leaf

Prius

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

37

152

Chest Movement

.9 inches

.9 inches

Hip Force

442 lbs.

491 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

13 inches

HIC

86

343

Spine Acceleration

40 G’s

56 G’s

Hip Force

802 lbs.

842 lbs.

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

Engine Comparison

The Leaf’s electric motor produces 34 lbs.-ft. more torque (187 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 60 MPH

9.6 sec

10.6 sec

Quarter Mile

17.3 sec

17.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

78.8 MPH

77.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Leaf S gets better fuel mileage than the Prius (126 city/101 hwy MPGe vs. 51 city/48 hwy MPG). The Leaf SV/SL gets better fuel mileage than the Prius (124 city/101 hwy MPGe vs. 51 city/48 hwy MPG).

The Leaf SV/SL’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 107 miles on a full charge. The Prius can only travel about 1 mile before it has to start its internal combustion engine. The Leaf S’ maximum EPA estimated driving range is 84 miles on a full charge.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

Leaf

Prius

Front Rotors

11.1 inches

10 inches

Rear Rotors

11.5 inches

10.2 inches

The Leaf stops shorter than the Prius:

Leaf

Prius

70 to 0 MPH

180 feet

182 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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

The Leaf S’ standard 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 S has standard 16-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Prius.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (57.5% to 42.5%) than the Prius’ (60.6% to 39.4%). This gives the Leaf more stable handling and braking.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Leaf has a larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Prius (23.6 vs.21.6 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Leaf has standard extendable sun visors. The Prius doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Leaf’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Prius’ power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

The Leaf has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the Prius. The Leaf SL also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Prius.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Leaf SV/SL’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Prius doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Leaf is less expensive to operate than the Prius because typical repairs cost less on the Leaf than the Prius, including $127 less for front struts.

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