Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Leaf VS 2017 Chevrolet Volt Near San Antonio, TX

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2017 Nissan Leaf

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2017 Chevrolet Volt

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Leaf are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chevrolet Volt doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

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

Both the Leaf and the Volt have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and rearview cameras.

Warranty Comparison

The Leaf’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Volt’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Leaf gets better fuel mileage than the Volt running on electricity (124 city/101 hwy vs. 113 city/99 hwy MPGe).

On the EPA test cycle the Leaf gets better fuel mileage than the Volt running its gasoline engine (124 city/101 hwy MPGe vs. 43 city/42 hwy).

The Leaf’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 107 miles on a full charge. The Volt can only travel about 53 miles before it has to start its internal combustion engine.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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




Front Rotors

11.1 inches

10.9 inches

Rear Rotors

11.5 inches

10.4 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 Volt are solid, not vented.

The Leaf stops shorter than the Volt:





70 to 0 MPH

180 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

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 Volt doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Leaf has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Leaf flat and controlled during cornering. The Volt’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For better maneuverability, the Leaf S’ turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Volt’s (34.1 feet vs. 36.4 feet). The Leaf SV/SL’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Volt’s (35.4 feet vs. 36.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Leaf may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 200 pounds less than the Chevrolet Volt.

The Leaf is 5.4 inches shorter than the Volt, making the Leaf easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Leaf is rated a Mid-size car by the EPA, while the Volt is rated a Compact.

The Leaf has 2.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Volt (92.4 vs. 90.3).

The Leaf has 3.4 inches more front headroom and 1.5 inches more rear headroom than the Volt.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Leaf has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Volt (23.6 vs. 10.6 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Leaf has a standard rear wiper. The Volt doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Leaf is less expensive to operate than the Volt because it costs $414 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Leaf than the Volt, including $23 less for front brake pads.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Leaf outsold the Chevrolet Volt by 12% during 2015.

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