2011 Nissan
LEAF SV
vs. 2011 Toyota
Prius Four

2011 Toyota Prius Four

9.9

starting from

$28,080

Reasons to buy the Toyota Prius Four

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Is a hybrid
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Good range on the highway
571 miles
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Good range in the city
607 miles
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Tighter turning radius
17.1 ft
2011 Nissan LEAF SV

9.2

Runner-up

Nissan LEAF SV

starting from

$33,630

Reasons to buy the Nissan LEAF SV

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Fantastic city fuel efficiency
106 mpg
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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
92 mpg
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Navigation system
Standard
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.8
2011 Toyota Prius Four Winner: Prius Four
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  • Almost the same
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.1
2011 Toyota Prius Four Winner: Prius Four
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  • Almost the same
  • The Prius Four has 2 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 8 vs 6
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Toyota Prius Four Winner: Prius Four
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  • The Prius Four has 1 more airbag (including Knee), 6 vs 5
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Toyota Prius Four Winner: Prius Four
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  • The Prius Four has 2.1x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Cost 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Nissan LEAF SV Winner: LEAF SV
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  • Gets more than 2x more miles per gallon in the city, 106 mpg vs 51 mpg
Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • 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
  • Both have very limited cargo room
  • Neither offers roof rails
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.9 vs 9.2

Luxury Features

Toyota
Prius Four
2011 Toyota Prius Four
2011 Nissan LEAF SV Nissan
LEAF SV
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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 Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the Prius Four; the LEAF SV only offers cloth seats

Entertainment System

Toyota
Prius Four
2011 Toyota Prius Four
2011 Nissan LEAF SV Nissan
LEAF SV
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Number of speakers 8 vs 6 The Prius Four has an OK number of speakers, while the LEAF SV has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the Prius Four's 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

Safety Features

Toyota
Prius Four
2011 Toyota Prius Four
2011 Nissan LEAF SV Nissan
LEAF SV
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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 6 vs 5 The Prius Four has a good number of airbags, but the LEAF SV is just OK (missing Knee)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both vehicles' brakes will do well under heavy use
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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

Crash Test Ratings

Toyota
Prius Four
2011 Toyota Prius Four
2011 Nissan LEAF SV Nissan
LEAF SV
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars OK 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 Both are good, but the Prius Four is 2.1x less likely to result in serious injury
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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
Prius Four
2011 Toyota Prius Four
2011 Nissan LEAF SV Nissan
LEAF SV
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MSRP $28,080 vs $33,630 The Prius Four has a great price and the LEAF SV is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 51 mpg vs 106 mpg Both get great city mileage, however the LEAF SV 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

Performance

Toyota
Prius Four
2011 Toyota Prius Four
2011 Nissan LEAF SV Nissan
LEAF SV
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Horsepower 134 HP @ 5,200 RPM vs 107 HP Underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs Unknown
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Unknown
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 22.7 lb/hp vs 31.5 lb/hp The Prius Four has OK performance while the LEAF SV gives sluggish performance
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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 17.1 ft vs 37.5 ft The Prius Four turns on a dime, and the LEAF SV is comparable to most other vehicles

Practicality

Toyota
Prius Four
2011 Toyota Prius Four
2011 Nissan LEAF SV Nissan
LEAF SV
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 571 miles vs 73 miles The Prius Four has great highway range, but the LEAF SV is very limited
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Cargo space 21.6 ft3 vs 23.0 ft3 Both have very limited cargo room
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front seats 51.7 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 Optional vs Standard The LEAF SV's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the Prius Four
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Cupholders 4 vs 4 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Road Tests

Toyota
Prius Four
2011 Toyota Prius Four
2011 Nissan LEAF SV Nissan
LEAF SV
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0-60 mph 10.6 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 133 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 18.0 s s @ 79.0 mph mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.82 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 112 mph vs 90 mph The Prius Four's top speed is average for this class of vehicle, but the LEAF SV is just OK

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Nissan LEAF SV 2011 Toyota Yaris LEAF SV vs Yaris
2011 Nissan LEAF SV 2011 Kia Soul LEAF SV vs Soul
2011 Nissan LEAF SL 2011 Toyota Corolla LEAF SL vs Corolla
2011 Nissan LEAF SV 2011 Smart fortwo Passion LEAF SV vs fortwo Passion
2011 Toyota Prius Three 2011 Honda Fit Sport Prius Three vs Fit Sport
2011 Toyota Prius Four 2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid Prius Four vs Camry Hybrid
2011 Toyota Prius Four 2011 Toyota Corolla Prius Four vs Corolla
2011 Toyota Prius Four 2012 Ford Fusion SE Prius Four vs Fusion SE
2011 Toyota Prius Two 2011 Toyota Yaris Prius Two vs Yaris

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