Compare Nissan Leaf vs. Toyota Prius

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2012 Nissan Leaf 2013 Toyota Prius
2012 Nissan Leaf 2013 Toyota Prius
4dr HB SV
  • 4dr HB SV
  • 4dr HB SL
5dr HB Two (Natl)
  • 5dr HB One (Natl)
  • 5dr HB Two (Natl)
  • 5dr HB Three (Natl)
  • 5dr HB Persona (Natl)
  • 5dr HB Four (Natl)
  • 5dr HB Five (Natl)


MSRP $35,200 $24,200  
Invoice $33,707 $22,748
Avg. Paid $18,102 $18,532

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.9 8.5  
Critics' Rating 8.1 8.7
Performance 8.0 7.5
Interior 7.7 7.2
Cost to Own 9.4 9.2
Safety 9.3 9.3
Reliability 5.0 4.0

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious front seats
  • Numerous standard features
  • Responsive electric motor
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Large cargo area
  • Spacious back seat
  • Small cargo area
  • Lackluster power
  • Numb steering
  • Spongy brakes

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic  
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Electric Gas/Electric I4 1.8L/110
MPG N/A 51 City / 48 Hwy



Body Style 4 Door Hatchback Hatchback  


Wheelbase(in) 106.3 106.3  
Length, Overall (in) 175.0 176.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.7 68.7
Height, Overall (in) 61.0 58.7

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard  
Power Windows Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Rear Spoiler Standard Standard  


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3385 3042  

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard  
Tires - Front Performance Standard Optional
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Optional
Compact Spare Tire Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard
Wheel Locks Optional
Wheel Covers Standard


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Optional  
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Optional Standard
Keyless Start Standard Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard
Remote Engine Start Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Optional
Keyless Entry Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 5 5  
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 98.3 93.7
Front Head Room (in) 41.2 38.6
Front Leg Room (in) 42.1 42.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.4 54.9
Front Hip Room (in) 51.5 52.7
Second Head Room (in) 37.3 37.6
Second Leg Room (in) 31.1 36.0
Second Shoulder Room (in) 52.5 53.1
Second Hip Room (in) 50.0 51.200
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) 24.0 67.3


AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard  
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard Standard  
A/C Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Standard  
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard Standard


Cloth Seats Standard Standard  
Heated Driver Seat Standard
Heated Rear Seat Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard  
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard


4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard  
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard  
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard
Front Tow Hooks Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard


Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard  
4 Cylinder Engine Standard
Electric Motor Standard
Engine Type Electric Gas/Electric I4
Displacement 1.8L/110
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 107 @ - TBD - 98 @ 5200
Torque (Net @ RPM) 207 @ - TBD - 105 @ 4000
Transmission Automatic Continuously Variable Ratio
Turning diameter 34.1 - TBD -


Electric Fuel System Standard  
Hybrid Fuel Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 51
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 48
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 11.9


Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut  
Suspension Type - Rear Torsion Beam Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs


Automatic Standard Standard  
1-Speed Automatic Standard
Continuously Variable Trans Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.