Nissan LEAF  vs Chevrolet Volt 

Nissan LEAF SL

  • $35k
  • 24 kWh Plug-in EV
  • 126 city 101 hwy
Front view of Nissan LEAF
Available navigation system has an Eco Route mode that suggests energy-saving routes.
by (Jul, 2013)

Chevrolet Volt

  • $34k
  • 17 kWh Hybrid
  • 101 city 93 hwy
Front view of Chevrolet Volt
The Volt's accelerator pedal behavior has been tuned to imitate that of a standard car fitted with automatic transmission, even though the Volt has no gears in the conventional sense.
by The Car Connection (Apr, 2013)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Nissan LEAF vs Chevrolet Volt

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.


Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Nissan LEAF

Reasons to consider the
Nissan LEAF SL

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Runs on electricity Yes vs No EVs have zero tailpipe emissions
Much less landfill usage 7.77 kg vs 285 kg 36.7x less waste sent to landfill during manufacture
Much higher EPA city mileage 126 MPGe vs 101 MPGe Around 25% better fuel economy in stop-and-go traffic
Higher EPA highway mileage 101 MPGe vs 93 MPGe Around 10% better on the interstate
Larger battery 24 kWh vs 17 kWh Can store over 40% more energy when fully charged
Less CO2 per car made 0.76 metric ton vs 0.88 metric ton Around 15% less CO2 emitted per car made; clean factories are good factories
Front view of Chevrolet Volt

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Has a hybrid drivetrain Yes vs No Hybrid cars can run on batteries at low speeds to decrease fuel consumption
More efficient freshwater use 4.62 m³ vs 6.4 m³ Around 30% less per car made; 1 cubic metre of water is 1.5 year's worth of drinking water

Annual Costs Which is the smarter choice for your wallet over 5 years?

$35,020 3.7¢/mile Nissan LEAF
Chevrolet Volt $34,185 3.8¢/mile
Infrequent drivers     Up to 10,000 miles/year
Average drivers     Up to 20,000 miles/year
Heavy drivers     Up to 40,000 miles/year
The Chevrolet Volt is cheaper (per year) for most drivers. The Nissan LEAF only makes sense if you drive an unusually high amount.
Our math for 15,000 miles / year, over 5 years
Nissan LEAF Chevrolet Volt
Price $7,004 ($35,020) $6,837 ($34,185)
Fuel $553 (22 MWh) $571 (771 gallons)
City 126 MPGe 101 MPGe
Highway 101 MPGe 93 MPGe
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Reviews Word on the street

Nissan LEAF  vs Chevrolet Volt 

The Volt's cabin seats four and is outfitted with cloth seats; leather is an option.
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8.1 Out of 10
7.6 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Nissan LEAF  vs
Chevrolet Volt 
Brand Nissan Chevrolet
Body style
Model year 2014 2014
MSRP $35k $34k
Annual cost $7,556 $7,396

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 0.0L 0.0L
Air compressor None None
Plug-in EV
Paddle shifters N/A N/A
Gearing type Traditional Traditional
Transmission 1-speed Automatic 2WD 1-speed Automatic 2WD
Battery capacity 24 kWh 17 kWh

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic Generic
Speakers 6 6
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes Yes
Has a subwoofer No No
Auxiliary input Yes Yes
AM/FM radio Standard Standard
CD player Standard Standard
CD changer N/A N/A
Satellite radio Standard Standard
Entertainment system N/A N/A


Cruise control Standard Standard
Front A/C N/A N/A
Front passenger A/C N/A N/A
Keyless entry Standard Standard
Keyless ignition N/A N/A
Sun roof N/A N/A
Navigation system N/A Optional, $895
Roof rails N/A N/A
Power locks Standard Standard
Power mirrors Standard Standard
Power outlets Standard Standard
Power steering Standard Standard
Power windows Standard Standard

Manufacturing Emissions

Nissan LEAF  vs
Chevrolet Volt 
Water per car made 6.4 m³ 4.62 m³
CO2 per car made 0.76 metric ton 0.88 metric ton
Energy per car made 2,080 kWh/vehicle 2,300 kWh/vehicle
Waste per car made 7.77 kg 285 kg

power & handling

Max HP 107 HP 149 HP
Power-to-weight ratio 31.21 lb/hp 25.41 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 34.2 feet 36 feet

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Beam Beam
Front brakes 11.14 in Ventilated Disc 11.81 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 11.5 in Ventilated Disc 11.5 in Disc
Front wheel width 215 215
Front wheel diameter 17 inch 17 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 50 55

safety features

Active head restraints Yes No
Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard Standard
Child door locks Standard Standard
Electronic stability control Standard Standard
Traction control Standard Standard
Rear camera N/A N/A
Rear sensor N/A N/A
Park assist system N/A N/A
Communication system None None

physical dimensions

Width 69.7 in 70.4 in
Front track width 60.6 in 61.2 in
Height 61 in 56.6 in
Length 175 in 177.1 in
Wheelbase 106.3 in 105.7 in
Curb weight 3,340 lb 3,786 lb
GVWR 4,193 4,539
Has a rear spoiler Yes Yes
Seats 5 4
Front seat room 55 ft³ 52 ft³
Rear seat room 38 ft³ 38 ft³
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Yes, the leaf gets better marks in a number of categories, but it also depends greatly on the circumstances it's going to be used. In a multi car household, I defiantly think a pure electric like the leaf should defiantly be a top choice. However, in a single car household (with electric access) the Volt wins hands down.
The Leaf has navigation standard. The Leaf also has a backup camera for 2014. Keyless ignition is standard, if you count controlling climate control and that stuff, which is basically what keyless ignition is for. Leaf has seated seats and steer wheel. Carwings. The Volt should show Plug In Hybrid, which is different than hybrid. The Volt should have a curve, not a linear cost per mile. The more miles the more gas. The Leaf should be linear. You guys should put the manufacturing emissions on the car that includes the resources, like mining the iron, lithium, and oil.
The Leaf has more interior space, according to the EPA. I put a futon in my Leaf once. It was VERY hard, but i got it into the car. I don't think I will attempt that again though. For some people the Volt makes more sense. But the set up is more expensive and makes the sweet spot smaller. Still better than the Prius or another gas car for a huge chunk of people though. Since the Volt is much more expensive than the Leaf, I can rent a car whenever I need to go farther or borrow a car. The price comes down to 35k for 2014, but the lease goes up to 300 a month. Huge difference compared to the Leaf's starting 29k and 200 a month. Almost all these cars are leased, so the lease price is the most important. Most people live in families, with an average of 2.4 cars per family. A Volt and a Leaf often makes a good family…
Depends on your needs, "better" can be very subjective. We got the Volt so we did not have to worry about range anxiety. Plus it has tons of cargo space. I have fit 8ft lengths of 1X12" lumber in side, and 2 large solar panels. It's a "have your cake and eat it too" vehicle IMHO.
Leaf is still better and more affordable…
GM dropped the price of the Volt by $5K recently that changes the equation.
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