2020 Nissan Leaf vs. 2020 Toyota Prius Prime

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Safety

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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 Prius Prime doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

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 Prius Prime 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 Prius Prime have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available daytime running lights and driver alert monitors.

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 Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 8th.

Engine

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The Leaf’s standard electric motor produces 26 more horsepower (147 vs. 121) and 130 lbs.-ft. more torque (236 vs. 106) than the Prius Prime’s 1.8 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid. The Leaf PLUS’ standard electric motor produces 93 more horsepower (214 vs. 121) and 144 lbs.-ft. more torque (250 vs. 106) than the Prius Prime’s 1.8 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid.

As tested in Car and Driver the Nissan Leaf (base engine) is faster than the Toyota Prius Prime:

Leaf

Prius Prime

Zero to 30 MPH

2.7 sec

3.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

10.2 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.3 sec

10.2 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.8 sec

4.7 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.5 sec

7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

17.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88 MPH

79 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Leaf gets better fuel mileage than the Prius Prime running its gasoline engine:

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

Prius Prime

MPG

1.8 4-cyl. Hybrid

55 city/53 hwy

The Leaf’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 149 to 226 (Leaf PLUS) miles on a full charge. The Prius Prime can only travel about 25 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 Toyota Prius Prime (7). This means the Leaf produces up to 11.8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Prius Prime every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Leaf

Prius Prime

Front Rotors

11.1 inches

10 inches

Rear Rotors

11.5 inches

10.2 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 Prius Prime are solid, not vented.

The Leaf stops shorter than the Prius Prime:

Leaf

Prius Prime

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

147 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Leaf has larger standard tires than the Prius Prime (205/55R16 vs. 195/65R15). The Leaf SV/SL’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Prius Prime (215/50R17 vs. 195/65R15).

The Leaf S’ standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Prius Prime’s standard 65 series tires. The Leaf SV/SL’s tires have a lower 50 series profile than the Prius Prime’s 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Leaf S has standard 16-inch wheels. Only 15-inch wheels are available on the Prius Prime. The Leaf SV/SL has standard 17-inch wheels.

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 Prius Prime doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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The Leaf SV handles at .79 G’s, while the Prius Prime Limited pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Leaf executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Prius Prime XLE (27.9 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 28.5 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Leaf is 6.5 inches shorter than the Prius Prime, 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 Prius Prime Limited:

Leaf

Prius Prime

At idle

25 dB

27 dB

Full-Throttle

67 dB

71 dB

70 MPH Cruising

65 dB

67 dB

Passenger Space

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The Leaf has 1.8 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom and .1 inches more rear legroom than the Prius Prime.

Cargo Capacity

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The Leaf has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the Prius Prime (23.6 vs. 19.8 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 Prius Prime doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

The Leaf has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Prius Prime has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the XLE/Limited.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Leaf has standard extendable sun visors. The Prius Prime doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Both the Leaf and the Prius Prime 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 Prius Prime.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Leaf is less expensive to operate than the Prius Prime because typical repairs cost less on the Leaf than the Prius Prime, including $36 less for a water pump and $119 less for front struts.

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