2020 Nissan Leaf vs. 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

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Safety

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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 Crosstrek Hybrid only offers a rear monitor.

Both the Leaf and the Crosstrek Hybrid have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available daytime running lights and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

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There are over 72 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Subaru dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Leaf’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

Engine

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The Leaf PLUS’ standard electric motor produces 66 more horsepower (214 vs. 148) than the Crosstrek Hybrid’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Nissan Leaf is faster than the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid:

Leaf

Leaf PLUS

Crosstrek Hybrid

Zero to 30 MPH

3.1 sec

3.2 sec

3.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8 sec

7 sec

9 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.5 sec

3.6 sec

5.7 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

15.7 sec

17.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87 MPH

92 MPH

83 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

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

Crosstrek Hybrid

Electric Motor

99 city/80 hwy

MPG

2.0 4-cyl. Hybrid

36 city/35 hwy

The Leaf’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 149 to 226 (Leaf PLUS) miles on a full charge. The Crosstrek Hybrid can only travel about 17 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 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid (6 to 7). This means the Leaf produces up to 12.9 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Crosstrek Hybrid every 15,000 miles.

Tires and Wheels

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The Leaf SV/SL’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Crosstrek Hybrid’s 55 series tires.

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 Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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The Leaf has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Leaf’s wheelbase is 1.4 inches longer than on the Crosstrek Hybrid (106.3 inches vs. 104.9 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Leaf S’ turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Crosstrek Hybrid’s (34.8 feet vs. 35.4 feet).

Cargo Capacity

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The Leaf has a much larger cargo volume than the Crosstrek Hybrid with its rear seat up (23.6 vs. 15.9 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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Both the Leaf and the Crosstrek Hybrid offer available heated front seats. The Leaf SL also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Crosstrek Hybrid.

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