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Nissan LEAF vs. Tesla Model 3

In comparing the Nissan LEAF to the Tesla Model 3, the Nissan LEAF has the advantage in the areas of typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and interior volume. The Tesla Model 3 has the advantage in the areas of overall quality score and base engine power. Based on this comparison of the Nissan LEAF versus the Tesla Model 3, the two cars are fairly comparable.

Nissan LEAF versus Tesla Model 3 Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Nissan LEAF ranges from $22,585 to $34,984 while a used Tesla Model 3 from the same model year range is priced between $41,999 to $61,797.

Nissan LEAF versus Tesla Model 3 Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Nissan LEAF is 8.1 out of 10 while the Tesla Model 3's quality rating is 8.7 out of 10. This results in the Nissan LEAF being ranked 2 out of 15 Best Small Electric Cars and the Tesla Model 3 being ranked 1 out of 15. Out of 25 Best Electric Cars, the Nissan LEAF is ranked 25 and the Tesla Model 3 is ranked 2.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Nissan LEAF’s base engine makes 147 horsepower, and the Tesla Model 3 base engine makes 201 horsepower.

Passenger Space Comparison

While both models are electric compact cars, the Nissan LEAF has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room and trunk space. The Tesla Model 3 has the advantage in the areas of front shoulder room, front leg room, rear head room, rear shoulder room and rear leg room.

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2023 Nissan LEAF

2022 Tesla Model 3

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$28,836 - $41,927

Used Asking Price:

$22,585 - $34,984

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

65.1%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

-

Used Asking Price:

$41,999 - $61,797

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

48.2%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.1 / 10

Reliability:

7.6 / 10

Retained Value:

6.6 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.7 / 10

Reliability:

7.2 / 10

Retained Value:

9.0 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

2 / 25
2 / 15
2 / 15
3 / 25
3 / 25

iSeeCars Rankings

1 / 25
1 / 15
2 / 25
2 / 11
2 / 11
3 / 15
4 / 25

Summary Review

Nissan’s four-door hatchback Leaf was the original battery-electric vehicle of the modern age. This ground-breaking EV has topped sales charts globally for affordable EVs for years. The Leaf offers many shoppers an attractive package that's hard to ignore.

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Summary Review

The Tesla Model 3 is widely regarded as the best electric sedan in the world. The Model 3 is also the top-selling EV in the US market by a wide margin. This compact/midsize sedan offers a thrilling driving experience and advanced technology.

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Pros and Cons

  • Impressive interior space given its small size
  • Excellent availability nationwide
  • Strong EV commitment from Nissan means widespread service support

  • Limited range on older models
  • Lackluster performance on first-generation cars
  • Safety ratings from IIHS less than stellar

Pros and Cons

  • Excellent range
  • AWD available
  • Attractive styling
  • Amazing performance with Performance trim

  • No Android Auto or Apple CarPlay
  • Pricier than its reputation (mid-$50Ks is the typical price point)
  • No spare tire on any trim
  • Interior design and materials don’t match premium pricing

Available Body Styles

Hatchback

Available Body Styles

Sedan

Available Drivetrain Options

Electric

Available Drivetrain Options

Electric

Trim Levels

SV PLUS, S

Trim Levels

Long Range, Base, Performance

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

8 years / 120000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

4 years / 50000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

147 hp

Torque:

236 foot-lbs

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.042 hp per pound

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

201 hp

Torque:

258 foot-lbs

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.052 hp per pound

Engine Specifications

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD

MPGe:

Not yet available

Range (city/hwy):

150 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Not yet available

Battery Size/Capacity :

40 kWh

Maximum Charging Rate:

8 hours (240V)

Engine Specifications

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

RWD / AWD

MPGe:

127 / 126 / 127

Range (city/hwy):

267 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Electricity

Battery Size/Capacity:

60 kWh

Maximum Charging Rate:

10 hours (240V)

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

N/A

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

N/A

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

N/A

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

N/A

Android Auto:

N/A

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

N/A

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Standard

Navigation System:

Standard

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Standard

Heated Steering Wheel:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

N/A

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

41.2 inches

Front Leg Room:

42.1 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

54.3 inches

Rear Head Room:

37.3 inches

Rear Leg Room:

33.5 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

52.5 inches

Cargo Space:

23.6 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

116.0 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

40.3 inches

Front Leg Room:

42.7 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

56.3 inches

Rear Head Room:

37.7 inches

Rear Leg Room:

35.2 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

54 inches

Cargo Space:

22.9 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

97.0 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3509 lbs

Width:

70.5 inches

Height:

61.5 inches

Length:

176.4 inches

Wheelbase:

106.3 inches

Ground Clearance:

5.9 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3880 lbs

Width:

82.2 inches

Height:

56.8 inches

Length:

184.8 inches

Wheelbase:

113.2 inches

Ground Clearance:

5.5 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

16.0 x 6.5 inches

Wheel Type:

steel

Tire Size:

P205/55R16

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 8.5 inches

Wheel Type:

aluminum

Tire Size:

235/45R18