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Nissan LEAF vs. Toyota Prius Prime

When we compare the Nissan LEAF to the Toyota Prius Prime, the Nissan LEAF has the advantage in the areas of typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, interior volume and base engine power. The Toyota Prius Prime has the advantage in the area of new vehicle base pricing The Nissan LEAF and Toyota Prius Prime have the same overall quality score. Based on this comparison of the Nissan LEAF versus the Toyota Prius Prime, the Nissan LEAF is a better car than the Toyota Prius Prime.

Nissan LEAF versus Toyota Prius Prime Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Nissan LEAF ranges from $22,585 to $34,984 while a used Toyota Prius Prime from the same model year range is priced between $24,852 to $34,479. For a new model, the Nissan LEAF's price is between $28,836 and $41,927, with the Toyota Prius Prime priced between $28,106 and $35,997.

Nissan LEAF versus Toyota Prius Prime Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Nissan LEAF and Toyota Prius Prime is 8.1 out of 10. This results in the Nissan LEAF being ranked 2 out of 15 Best Small Electric Cars and the Toyota Prius Prime being ranked 1 out of 8 Best Plug-in Hybrid Cars.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Nissan LEAF’s base engine makes 147 horsepower, and the Toyota Prius Prime base engine makes 121 horsepower.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Nissan LEAF, a electric compact car, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room, rear head room, rear leg room, and trunk space. The Toyota Prius Prime, a hybrid midsize car, has the advantage in the areas of front leg room and rear shoulder room.

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2023 Nissan LEAF

2022 Toyota Prius Prime

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:

$28,106 - $35,997

Used Asking Price:

$24,852 - $34,479

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

40.5%

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:

8.1 / 10

Reliability:

5.7 / 10

Retained Value:

8.5 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

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

iSeeCars Rankings

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1 / 8
4 / 8
7 / 23
7 / 23
13 / 23

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

Not yet available

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

Not yet available

Available Body Styles

Hatchback

Available Body Styles

Hatchback

Available Drivetrain Options

Electric

Available Drivetrain Options

Plug-In Hybrid

Trim Levels

SV PLUS, S

Trim Levels

LE, Limited, XLE

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:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years

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:

Not yet available

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:

121 hp @ 5200 rpm

Torque:

Not yet available

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

0.036 hp per pound

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

Not Applicable

Engine Configuration:

Not Applicable

Number of Cylinders:

Not Applicable

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

Not applicable

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

Engine Size:

1.8 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT Automatic)

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

55 / 53 / 54

MPGe:

127 / 121 / 127

Range (city/hwy):

652 / 629 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Electricity, Regular Unleaded

Battery Size/Capacity:

Not applicable

Maximum Charging Rate:

Not applicable

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:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

N/A

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

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:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

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:

39.4 inches

Front Leg Room:

43.2 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

54.2 inches

Rear Head Room:

37.2 inches

Rear Leg Room:

33.4 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

53 inches

Cargo Space:

19.8 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

111.3 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:

3365 lbs

Width:

69.3 inches

Height:

57.9 inches

Length:

182.9 inches

Wheelbase:

106.3 inches

Ground Clearance:

4.8 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:

15.0 x 6.5 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

P195/65R15