2020 Nissan Leaf vs. 2019 Chevrolet Volt

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Safety

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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.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Leaf are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Volt doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

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.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Leaf has standard Rear Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Volt doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Leaf (except S) 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.

The Leaf (except S)’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Volt doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

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

Warranty

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

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Leaf’s reliability 12 points higher than the Volt.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 14 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

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The Leaf PLUS’ standard electric motor produces 65 more horsepower (214 vs. 149) than the Volt’s 1.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid.

As tested in Car and Driver the Nissan Leaf (base engine) is faster than the Chevrolet Volt:

Leaf

Volt

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

7.8 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

12.9 sec

13.7 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.3 sec

7.9 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.8 sec

3.2 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.5 sec

4.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88 MPH

86 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Leaf gets better fuel mileage than the Volt:

MPGe

Leaf

Electric Motor

123 city/99 hwy

S PLUS Electric Motor

118 city/97 hwy

SV/SL PLUS Electric Motor

114 city/94 hwy

Volt

Electric Motor

113 city/99 hwy

MPG

1.5 4-cyl. Hybrid

43 city/42 hwy

The Leaf’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 149 to 226 (Leaf PLUS) miles on a full charge. The Volt can only travel about 53 miles before it has to start its internal combustion engine.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Nissan Leaf higher (10 out of 10) than the Chevrolet Volt (3 to 7). This means the Leaf produces up to 36.3 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Volt every 15,000 miles.

The EPA certifies the Nissan Leaf as a “Zero Emissions Vehicle” (ZEV). The Chevrolet Volt is only certified to “Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle” (PZEV) standards.

Brakes and Stopping

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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.

Suspension and Handling

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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 1.6 feet tighter than the Volt’s (34.8 feet vs. 36.4 feet). The Leaf SV/SL’s turning circle is .3 feet tighter than the Volt’s (36.1 feet vs. 36.4 feet).

Chassis

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The Leaf is 4 inches shorter than the Volt, making the Leaf easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Leaf SV is quieter than the Volt Premier:

Leaf

Volt

At idle

25 dB

37 dB

70 MPH Cruising

65 dB

67 dB

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Leaf a Mid-size car, 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

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

Ergonomics

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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

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Leaf is less expensive to operate than the Volt because it costs $418 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Leaf than the Volt, including $36 less for front brake pads.

Recommendations

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The Nissan Leaf outsold the Chevrolet Volt by almost three to one during 2019.

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