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Compare BMW i3 vs. Chevrolet Volt vs. Nissan Leaf

Compare the BMW i3 against the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf. Use this tool to compare rankings and see how the i3, Volt and Leaf stack up against each other in terms of performance, features, safety prices and more. Then use our Best Price Program by selecting the trims you are interested in to see local prices and get a great deal on a new i3, Volt and Leaf. If you are interested in used cars you can also search used listings in your area.

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2014 BMW i3 2014 Chevrolet Volt 2014 Nissan Leaf
2014 BMW i3 2014 Chevrolet Volt 2014 Nissan Leaf
     
4dr HB
  • 4dr HB
  • 4dr HB w/Range Extender
5dr HB
  • 5dr HB
4dr HB S
  • 4dr HB S
  • 4dr HB SV
  • 4dr HB SL
 

Prices

MSRP $41,350 $34,185 $28,980
Invoice $38,040 $32,818 $27,154
Avg. Paid $33,521 $23,413 $20,144

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.8 8.2 8.3
Critics' Rating 8.7 8.4 8.1
Performance 8.7 8.3 7.7
Interior 8.0 6.4 7.6
Cost to Own N/A 9.1 9.4
Safety N/A 9.3 8.3
Reliability 3.0 3.5 N/A

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Comfortable, roomy seats
  • Engaging driving dynamics
  • Lots of cargo space
  • Great electric range for a plug-in hybrid
  • Strong acceleration
  • Quiet ride
  • Agile handling
  • Roomy cargo hold
  • Straightforward interior controls
Cons
  • Some cheap cabin materials
  • Limited cargo space
  • Cramped rear seats
  • Long charge time with basic charger

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Front wheel drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Electric Gas/Electric I4 1.4L/85 Electric
MPG N/A 35 City / 40 Hwy N/A

Exterior

Body

Body Style Hatchback Hatchback Hatchback

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 101 105.70 106.3
Length, Overall (in) 157 177.10 175
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70 70.40 69.7
Height, Overall (in) 62 56.64 61

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Rear Spoiler Standard Standard

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2799 3786 3256

Tires & Wheels

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

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard
Back-Up Camera Optional Optional Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Standard Standard Optional
Keyless Start Standard
Rear Parking Aid Optional Optional
Remote Engine Start Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Navigation from Telematics Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard Optional
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Standard Optional
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 4 4 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 90.0 92.4
Front Head Room (in) 39.6 37.80 41.2
Front Leg Room (in) 40.5 42.05 42.1
Front Shoulder Room (in) 53.6 56.52 54.3
Front Hip Room (in) 53.73 51.7
Second Head Room (in) 37.2 36.02 37.3
Second Leg Room (in) 31.9 34.10 33.3
Second Shoulder Room (in) 49.2 53.90 52.5
Second Hip Room (in) 51.21 50
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) 11.8 30
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 10.6

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Optional Standard Standard
Premium Sound System Optional Optional
Hard Disk Drive Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard Standard Standard
A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Standard Optional
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Standard Standard
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard Standard Standard

Seats

Cloth Seats Optional Standard Optional
Leather Seats Optional Optional
Premium Synthetic Seats Optional
Heated Driver Seat Optional Optional Standard
Heated Rear Seat Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard

Safety

Airbags

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

Brakes

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

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Auto-Leveling Headlights Standard
Lane Departure Warning Optional

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard
Electric Motor Standard Standard
Engine Type Electric Gas/Electric I4 Electric
Displacement 1.4L/85
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 170 149 107
Torque (Net @ RPM) 184 273 187
Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Turning diameter 32.3 36.00 34.2

Fuel

Electric Fuel System Standard Standard
Plug-In Electric/Gas Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 35
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 40
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 9.3

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front Strut MacPherson Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Compound Crank Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link Torsion Beam

Transmission

Automatic Standard Standard Standard
1-Speed Automatic Standard Standard 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.