Childre Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan LEAF VS 2017 Ford Focus Near Atlanta, GA

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2017 Nissan LEAF

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2017 Ford Focus

Safety Comparison

The Leaf has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Focus Electric doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

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 Focus Electric only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the Leaf and the Focus Electric 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, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and rearview cameras.

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 Ford Focus Electric:

 

Leaf

Focus Electric

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

37

73

Chest Movement

.9 inches

1 inches

Abdominal Force

183 G’s

203 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

18 inches

HIC

86

158

Spine Acceleration

40 G’s

42 G’s

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

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 11th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 27th in reliability. With 31 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 31st.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Car and Driver the Nissan Leaf is faster than the Ford Focus Electric:

 

Leaf

Focus Electric

Zero to 60 MPH

10 sec

10.1 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

9.8 sec

10.1 sec

Quarter Mile

17.6 sec

17.9 sec

Top Speed

92 MPH

85 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Leaf gets better fuel mileage than the Focus Electric (124 city/101 hwy vs. 118 city/96 hwy MPGe).

The Leaf’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 107 miles on a full charge, 27% further than the Focus Electric’s 84-mile range.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

 

Leaf

Focus Electric

Front Rotors

11.1 inches

10.9 inches

Rear Rotors

11.5 inches

10.7 inches

The Leaf’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Focus Electric are solid, not vented.

The Leaf stops shorter than the Focus Electric:

 

Leaf

Focus Electric

 

70 to 0 MPH

180 feet

185 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

136 feet

140 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

149 feet

154 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Leaf has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Focus Electric doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Leaf’s wheelbase is 2 inches longer than on the Focus Electric (106.3 inches vs. 104.3 inches).

The Leaf SL handles at .80 G’s, while the Focus Electric pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Leaf S’ turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the Focus Electric’s (34.1 feet vs. 36 feet). The Leaf SV/SL’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Focus Electric’s (35.4 feet vs. 36 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Leaf may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 300 pounds less than the Ford Focus Electric.

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Leaf is rated a Mid-size car by the EPA, while the Focus Electric is rated a Small Station Wagon.

The Leaf has 2.9 inches more front headroom and .1 inches more rear legroom than the Focus Electric.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Leaf has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Focus Electric with its rear seat up (23.6 vs. 14.2 cubic feet).

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Leaf’s hatch uses gas strut supported hinges that don’t intrude into the cargo area. The Focus Electric’s useful cargo area space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

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 Focus Electric doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Both the Leaf and the Focus Electric have standard heated front seats. 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 Focus Electric.

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 Focus Electric doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Leaf owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Leaf will cost $530 to $1295 less than the Focus Electric over a five-year period.

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