2011 Nissan
LEAF SL
vs. 2011 Toyota
Corolla

2011 Nissan LEAF SL

9.8

starting from

$34,570

Reasons to buy the Nissan LEAF SL

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Fantastic city fuel efficiency
106 mpg
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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
92 mpg
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Safer for passengers in the rear in side collisions
5 stars
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Power windows
Standard
2011 Toyota Corolla

9.0

Runner-up

Toyota Corolla

starting from

$16,660

Reasons to buy the Toyota Corolla

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Average range on the highway
462 miles
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Average range in the city
370 miles
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Average number of gears
5
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Less sporty performance
20.7 lb/hp
Luxury Features 5.5 vs 10.0
2011 Nissan LEAF SL Winner: LEAF SL
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  • Almost the same
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 9.1
2011 Toyota Corolla Winner: Corolla
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  • The Corolla has 2.1x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Cost 9.4 vs 10.0
2011 Nissan LEAF SL Winner: LEAF SL
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  • Gets around 4x more miles per gallon in the city, 106 mpg vs 28 mpg
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Child door locks come standard
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
  • Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
  • Fewer speakers
Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
  • Underpowered
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have a very low top speed
Overall 9.0 vs 9.8

Luxury Features

Toyota
Corolla
2011 Toyota Corolla
2011 Nissan LEAF SL Nissan
LEAF SL
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Not Available vs Standard The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the LEAF SL; not available on the Corolla
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Crash Test Ratings

Toyota
Corolla
2011 Toyota Corolla
2011 Nissan LEAF SL Nissan
LEAF SL
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs 4 stars The better is 2.1x safer than the LEAF SL
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 5 stars Good protection, only 5% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash

Cost

Toyota
Corolla
2011 Toyota Corolla
2011 Nissan LEAF SL Nissan
LEAF SL
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MSRP $16,660 vs $34,570 The Corolla has a great price and the LEAF SL is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 28 mpg vs 106 mpg Both get great city mileage, however the LEAF SL in particular gets exceptional mileage
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

Toyota
Corolla
2011 Toyota Corolla
2011 Nissan LEAF SL Nissan
LEAF SL
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Drum vs Disc The LEAF SL has good brakes for high-performance driving
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Entertainment System

Toyota
Corolla
2011 Toyota Corolla
2011 Nissan LEAF SL Nissan
LEAF SL
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Number of speakers 4 vs 6 Fewer speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Corolla 's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the LEAF SL does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Performance

Toyota
Corolla
2011 Toyota Corolla
2011 Nissan LEAF SL Nissan
LEAF SL
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Horsepower 132 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 107 HP Underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs Continuously variable The Corolla has an OK number of gears, while the LEAF SL has very few
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Automatic transmission The LEAF SL's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 20.7 lb/hp vs 31.5 lb/hp Both {better} and {worse} are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 35.4 ft vs 37.5 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Toyota
Corolla
2011 Toyota Corolla
2011 Nissan LEAF SL Nissan
LEAF SL
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 462 miles vs 73 miles The Corolla has OK highway range, but the LEAF SL is very limited
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Cargo space 12.3 ft3 vs 23.0 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 51.3 ft3 vs Unknown
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Not Available vs Standard You won't find this in the Corolla , but the LEAF SL's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again
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Cupholders 8 vs 4 The Corolla has an absurd number of cupholders, 4 extra in rear
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Road Tests

Toyota
Corolla
2011 Toyota Corolla
2011 Nissan LEAF SL Nissan
LEAF SL
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0-60 mph 9.0 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 136 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 16.8 s s @ 83.0 mph mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.83 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 115 mph vs 90 mph Both have a very low top speed

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