2018 Toyota Prius Prime vs. 2018 Nissan Leaf

If there is one thing that the Toyota Prius Prime and Nissan Leaf have in common, it's that both vehicles were introduced ahead of their time. Since Toyota hybrid technology was introduced in the United States nearly 20 years ago, it has been completely vindicated as a viable alternative to traditional ways of powering vehicles. Here is where the two models diverge pretty far, pretty quickly. Comparing the 2018 Toyota Prius Prime vs. 2018 Nissan Leaf may seem like it would be a close one but digging just beyond the surface quickly reveals that just isn't true. In short, the 2018 Toyota Prius Prime is simply able to travel longer distances and recharge its batteries faster than its Nissan Leaf rival. The 2018 Prius Prime is currently available at Colonial Toyota; test drives can be scheduled by calling 203-286-5500.

The most notable difference between the 2018 Toyota Prius Prime and 2018 Nissan Leaf is the methods used to power each vehicle. Toyota has employed is hugely successful hybrid technology with the 2018 Prius Prime which means it uses a highly efficient gasoline-based engine as well as a supplemental battery-powered electric motor. On the other hand, the 2018 Nissan Leaf is a purely electric vehicle – with no gas engine installed at all. Owners of the current Prius Prime will get a combined electric equivalent fuel economy score of 133 mpg when the gas and electric systems work together. Furthermore, the 2018 Prius Prime a maximum range of more than 600 miles, whereas the Nissan Leaf can barely break 150 miles at most. The batteries of the 2018 Prius Prime can be charged in as little as two hours, using the proper equipment.

 

2018 Prius Prime

Vs.

2018 Nissan Leaf

1.8-L, 4-Cyl. Hybrid Engine 110-kilowatt elec. motor
121 Net Horsepower 147
640 miles Max. Range 151 miles
2 hrs. @ 240 volts Charging time 7.5 hrs. @ 220 volts

 

Available features

When it comes to available features and creature comforts in the 2018 Toyota Prius Prime, the Nissan Leaf could struggle to keep pace. The 2018 Toyota Prius Prime is available in three primary trim grades: Plus, Premium and Advanced. A large touchscreen interface is included on all of them as are Bluetooth connectivity, six-speaker sound-system and a USB port. The touchscreen in the Nissan Leaf is smaller and the Leaf doesn't offer a full suite of crash avoidance systems like is standard equipment in the 2018 Prius Prime.

 

 

An interior photo of the dashboard in the 2018 Toyota Prius Prime.
A view of the front seats in the 2018 Toyota Prius Prime from the passenger side.
An interior photo of the rear seats in the 2018 Toyota Prius Prime.
A photo of a 2018 Prius Prime being charged.

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