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Nissan Leaf vs. Chevy Volt: Range, Price & Specs

By Dmitry Sheynin , May 12, 2013 02:28 PM EDT
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The Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf have been fighting for market share for nearly a half-year now, with no clear winner in sight. At last count, the Nissan Leaf was leading by 17 units. But which one leads in a side-by-side comparison?

We've gathered up range, price and specs data for the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt to help you make an informed decision at the dealership.

Nissan Leaf vs. Chevy Volt: Range

The 2013 Nissan Leaf has an EPA-rated range of 75 miles. It gets 130 city miles to the gallon and 102 highway. The range for the 2013 model was calculated using a new EPA testing methodology. According to Green Auto Blog, the Nissan Leaf range would be 84 miles by last year's standards.

The Chevy Volt is a slightly different animal. Its maximum electric range is around 38 miles, but it also gets 37 mpg in gasoline mode, extending the total range to around 380 miles.

Nissan Leaf vs. Chevy Volt: Price

The 2013 Nissan Leaf has a price tag starting around $28,800 for the "S" model. It goes up to $31,820 and $34,840 for the SV and SL versions, respectively.

The 2013 Chevy Volt has a price starting at $39,145. Both the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt are eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit.

Nissan Leaf vs. Chevy Volt: Specs

The 2013 Nissan Leaf produces 107 horsepower with 187 lb-ft. of torque. It's motor generates 80kW and the battery is a 48-module lithium ion cell manufactured domestically in Smyrna, Tennessee. The Leaf has a turning radius of 17 feet.

The 2013 Chevy Volt is slightly more powerful, with an engine cranking out 149 horsepower with 273 lb-ft. of torque. It has front-wheel drive and a turning radius of 18 feet.

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