The smooth and compact Nissan Leaf 2022 model surprised the motor industry when it came out. This captivating vehicle certainly deserves attention. With a 147-horsepower electric motor and 40-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack, it’s considered ideal for day-to-day use and an innovative way to go on your next cruise.
The EPA efficiency rating landed at a good 98 MPGe on the highway. With four doors and five spacious seats, this hatchback may be one of the cheapest electric vehicles of 2022, with base models starting at around $28,000.
However, competing vehicles such as the Chevrolet Bolt EV, KIA Niro-e, and Hyundai Kona have strong reviews compared to the Nissan LEAF. Listed below are some of the top competing electric and hybrid cars in this category.
Similar Electric Cars To The Nissan LEAF
Chevrolet Bolt EV 2022
Like Nissan, Chevrolet has stepped up their game; instead of working on new battery capacities and vehicle mileage, the five-seat, four-door Chevrolet Bolt EV‘s value has been significantly improved, with a starting price of $31,995.
The 200- horsepower futuristic hatchback remains a front-drive-only powertrain but delivers a near-instantaneous acceleration, reaching 0 to 60 mph in a brief 6.5 seconds.
Chevrolet has managed to redesign and construct a bolder and crisp design while avoiding the alien spaceship look altogether. The attractive 17-inch tires pair well with the futuristic taillights, which recently started trending in the vehicle production industry.
The Chevrolet Bolt‘s spacious head and legroom in the front, unfortunately, do not make up for the highly limited space in the rear seat with a head-space of 37.9 inches and legroom of 36.0 inches.
With an extensive mileage of 259 miles, giving roughly 128 MPGe in the city and 110 MPGe on the highway, the Chevrolet Bolt is ideal for singles and small families.
Kia Niro 2022
The KIA Niro has proven to be a frugal and efficient vehicle no matter what model year. Its simplistic and clean design gives this electric crossover a unique character. The 7.0J x 17-inch alloy tires contribute to the clean and eco-friendly design and go well with the EV- drivetrain.
Classified as a small SUV, the KIA Niro comes in hybrid, plug-in hybrid (PHEV), and electric (EV) options. The vehicle is quite spacious in the front and has enough room in the rear seats for two adults to sit comfortably without headspace issues.
This small station wagon can achieve a 239-mile EPA range rating and efficiently attain 102 MPGe on the highway and 123 MPGe in the city. The single electric motor produces 201 horsepower and reaches 0-60 mph in 6.7 seconds with a horsepower of 139 horsepower.
This four-door, five-seater has an average retail price starting at around $39,990, which means it’s slightly pricier than the Nissan LEAF.
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Volkswagen ID.4 2022
The Volkswagen ID.4 is a small 2WD SUV with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $39,995. The vehicle’s exterior is a little smaller than its cousin, the Tiguan, but it makes up for the shortcoming with tons of interior space.
The smooth aerodynamic lines of the exterior make for a striking appearance, and interior designers kept all kinds of passengers in mind with an almost entirely digital dashboard. The five-door SUV can fit five people, just like the Nissan LEAF. The driving range adds up to a great 280 miles per charge, and with DC fast-charging, charging the battery in public won’t be a problem.
It’s estimated that 2022 rear-wheel drive Pro S models might rate up to 268 miles per charge, whereas all-wheel-drive models rate up to 251 miles per charge. The single motor ID.4, makes 201 horsepower, whereas the all-wheel-drive model pumps out about 295 horsepower, and unlike the other competitors, it takes the ID.4 a laid back 7.6-seconds to get to 60 mph.
The ID.4 holds a towing capacity of a good 2700 pounds. Unfortunately, this high-tech EV lacks the heart-pumping acceleration that usually comes standard with electric vehicles.
Tesla Model 3 2022
As Tesla continues to be a technology leader and innovator, the Tesla Model 3 is still undefeated. The compact electric sedan can go from 0-60 in 5.8 seconds, slower than older models but still exceeds the other competitors. With standard 18″ wheels, the Tesla Model 3 has a combined efficiency range of 272 miles.
With 283 horsepower and 471 lb-ft of torque, the Tesla is not short of power and is exceedingly more than the Nissan LEAF. Deprived of most buttons, the Tesla Model 3 has a whopping 15.0-inch touchscreen that controls most functions with a classy and luxurious interior design. The vehicle can seat five adults, complemented by four sleek doors.
The front seats are pretty comfortable and spacious, perfect for long-distance driving. Although some found them limited in space, the rear seats should fit two average-sized adults. The Tesla Model 3 pricing starts at around $47,690 and it’s a future collector’s item so you’ll want to hang onto it as an investment vehicle.
Hyundai Kona Electric 2022
Adorable and compact, the Hyundai Kona EV is one of the more interesting electric vehicles vying for consumer attention. The clean surgical mask-like look gives this vehicle its uniqueness and seamless beauty, and it sports a similar shape to the Nissan LEAF.
Unfortunately, due to the tight dimensions, the Hyundai Kona EV lacks a lot of head and legroom compared to the Nissan LEAF. This four-door, five-seater has a 258-mile range with a combined MPGe of 120 miles.
This compact beauty goes from 0-60 in a shiftless 9.2 seconds, and although it might not be ideal for speed, it has an incredible 201 horsepower.
The Hyundai Kona Electric has a recommended retail price of $34,000 which only goes higher with the Trimline models.
Mazda MX-30 2022
The Mazda MX-30 has a luxuriously stylish exterior design, with a body shape similar to the Volvo XC90, a significant change for Mazda. Equipped with a 360-degree exterior camera system and a 12-speaker Bose stereo system; this luxury vehicle is a treat on the road. It is constructed with breathable and recycled materials such as cork and plastic bottles, earning it extra points with the eco-conscious crowd.
The front cargo is spacious and big enough to fit two American adults, whereas the rear seats have very little space. The rear-hinged doors complement the sophisticated look of the vehicle with a three adult seating capacity.
Although set with a humble 143 horsepower electric motor, the Mazda MX-30 is not built for speed like other rivals, only reaching 0-60 in 8.7 seconds.
The estimated driving range for a Mazda MX-30 is a low 100 miles per charge with a good 98 MPGe in the city and has zero towing capacity. The Mazda MX-30 retail price starts at $33,740 which is pretty reasonable considering what you’re getting overall.
Hyundai Ioniq 2022
Hyundai’s new daring attitude towards building electronic cars is shown in the luscious interior design and flashy exterior of this car. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 electric crossover SUV can not be mistaken for any other vehicle on the road, with a unique body shape design and futuristic aircraft-like interior.
The Ioniq 5 has an EPA-estimated 256 miles range and goes from 0-60 in 5.1 seconds. The rear-wheel-drive models have an estimated horsepower of about 225 and can go up to 320 horsepower in all-wheel-drive models.
Accommodating up to 5 passengers, this five-door vehicle comes at a starting price of $44,895 to $51,845 for the Limited. The Hyundai Ioniq has a combined EPA rating of 114 MPGe and a towing capacity of 3530 lbs.
Although portrayed as a futuristic version of the Nissan LEAF, this user-friendly vehicle is entirely outside the Nissan LEAF price range.
MG ZS EV 2022
The MG ZS EV has claimed its trademark with a stylish enclosed grille and a distinctive design in place of a standard radiator grille. With a body shape similar to the Mazda MX-30, the MG ZS has claimed a bold and corporate look and feel. The MG ZS EV took the exterior to the next level with sleeker LED headlamps and a new edgier bumper.
Although the interior might not look any different, MG made small changes, like a fully digital instrument cluster and a tablet-style touchscreen infotainment system. There were also some technical changes, with the new MG ZS EV available in 50.3 kWh and 70 kWh battery pack options. A 50.3 kWh battery has an estimated mileage of about 199 miles, whereas the 70kWh battery has an estimated 273 miles on a full charge.
The new MG ZS EV model might be slower than previous models, going from 0-62 in 8.6 seconds but producing slightly more power with 153 horsepower and a top speed of 109 mph. The MG ZS EV can seat four adults and features a rear-seat center armrest with cupholders and rear air-conditioning.
This crossover SUV has a towing capacity of 1102lbs, which means it can tow a small trailer if needed. The retail price starts at around $29,000, a price class similar to the coveted Nissan LEAF.
Fiat 500e 2022
With the 500e being one of the smaller (mini) electric cars, it has a bit of a reputation for having a bug-like body shape with a horsepower of about 116 hp. The Italian interior consists primarily of hard plastic with soft trim on the inner doors. The compact design is ideal for couples and singles, seating four average adults in total.
The Fiat 500e has a top speed of 93mph and goes from 0 to 60 in a full 8 seconds. It sells for around $35,500, considerably more expensive than the Nissan LEAF.
However, the EPA estimated that the Fiat 500e would achieve 108 MPGe on the highway, similar to the Nissan LEAF.
Similar Hybrid Cars To The Nissan LEAF
Toyota RAV4 2022
Although the Toyota RAV 4 isn’t the most exciting hybrid, its practicality and efficiency make it a worthy competitor against the Nissan LEAF. The SUV comes with a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder assisted by two electric motors, an eight-speed automatic, and front-wheel drive.
Set with warlike headlamps and a bold exterior, the RAV4 does not disappoint. With 219 horsepower, the crossover SUV goes from 0-60 in a quick 7.4 seconds.
The RAV4 has a towing capacity of 3,500 lbs, which means it’s ready for any adventure. In terms of fuel efficiency, the RAV 4 has a real-world mpg of 35 on the highway.
The car’s interior features various chubby storage spaces, soft surfaces, and five great cloth seats. With considerable space similar to the Nissan LEAF and 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment, the RAV 4 is ideal for a family of five that likes road trips.
Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid 2022
With a similar body shape to the Nissan LEAF, the Ford Escape features a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder hybrid engine and an electric motor with a combined horsepower of 221hp. The four-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid has a fuel efficiency of 40 mpg and electric power efficiency of 105 MPGe, city and highway combined.
This hybrid can go from 0 to 60 in a full 7.7 seconds and holds a towing capacity of 1,500 lbs. The Ford Escape looks aesthetically balanced and neat, with two highly comfortable front seats and two kid-friendly rear seats (under 6 feet).
The Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid’s retail price starts at around $34,785.
Honda Insight 2022
The Honda Insight is known for its adorable design, and the car has more to give than just a smooth cruise. The elegant and roomy interior makes the midsize hybrid ideal for small families. The four-seater is gracefully tied together with stylish leather seats that easily accompany car seats for children.
The two motor hybrids use a 1.5-liter inline-4 gas engine that produces around 107 horsepower, whereas the electric motor has 120 horsepower. With a top speed of 114mph, the Honda Insight goes 0-60 in a short 7.7 seconds. Like the Nissan LEAF, the Insight has a top-tier efficiency of about 55mpg in the city and 49 mpg on highways. The cost of a Honda Insight starts at $25,760.