2011 Nissan
LEAF SV
vs. 2011 Toyota
Yaris

2011 Nissan LEAF SV

10.0

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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OK brakes
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Has auxiliary audio input
2011 Toyota Yaris

8.5

Runner-up

Toyota Yaris

starting from

$14,215

Reasons to buy the Toyota Yaris

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Poor range on the highway
400 miles
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Average range in the city
322 miles
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Less sporty performance
21.9 lb/hp
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Tighter turning radius
30.8 ft
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 6.0
2011 Nissan LEAF SV Winner: LEAF SV
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  • Almost the same
  • The LEAF SV's auxiliary audio input jack lets you connect your MP3 player to the car's stereo
  • The LEAF SV has 2 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 6 vs 4
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 Nissan LEAF SV Winner: LEAF SV
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  • The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the LEAF SV; optional upgrade on the Yaris
Cost 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Nissan LEAF SV Winner: LEAF SV
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  • Gets more than 3.5x more miles per gallon in the city, 106 mpg vs 29 mpg
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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  • Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Performance - vs 10.0
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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 - vs 10.0
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Very limited highway range
Road Tests - vs 10.0
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  • Both have a very low top speed
Overall 10.0 vs 8.5

Entertainment System

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LEAF SV
2011 Nissan LEAF SV
2011 Toyota Yaris Toyota
Yaris
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Number of speakers 6 vs 4 Fewer speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Not Available Rock on in the LEAF SV; but prepare to settle for the local radio station in the Yaris
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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 No The LEAF SV can connect your personal music device to the stereo system
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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

Luxury Features

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LEAF SV
2011 Nissan LEAF SV
2011 Toyota Yaris Toyota
Yaris
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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 Optional The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the LEAF SV; optional upgrade on the Yaris
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Cost

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LEAF SV
2011 Nissan LEAF SV
2011 Toyota Yaris Toyota
Yaris
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MSRP $33,630 vs $14,215 The Yaris has a great price and the LEAF SV is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 106 mpg vs 29 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

Safety Features

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LEAF SV
2011 Nissan LEAF SV
2011 Toyota Yaris Toyota
Yaris
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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 Disc vs Drum The LEAF SV 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

Crash Test Ratings

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LEAF SV
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2011 Toyota Yaris Toyota
Yaris
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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 4 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Performance

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LEAF SV
2011 Nissan LEAF SV
2011 Toyota Yaris Toyota
Yaris
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Horsepower 107 HP vs 106 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears Unknown vs 5
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Transmission Unknown vs Manual transmission
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paddle shifters Unknown vs Not Available
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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 31.5 lb/hp vs 21.9 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 37.5 ft vs 30.8 ft The Yaris can make tight turns, and the LEAF SV is comparable to most other vehicles

Practicality

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LEAF SV
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2011 Toyota Yaris Toyota
Yaris
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 73 miles vs 400 miles Very limited highway range
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Cargo space 23.0 ft3 vs 9.3 ft3 The LEAF SV has OK cargo room, while the Yaris has very little
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front seats Unknown vs 47.2 ft3
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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 Standard vs Not Available You won't find this in the Yaris , but the LEAF SV's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again
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Cupholders 4 vs 3 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Road Tests

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LEAF SV
2011 Nissan LEAF SV
2011 Toyota Yaris Toyota
Yaris
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0-60 mph Unknown vs 10.9 seconds
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Braking distance at 60mph Unknown vs 130 ft
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1/4 mile Unknown vs 18.4 s s @ 76.0 mph mph
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.76 g
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Top speed 90 mph vs 112 mph Both have a very low top speed

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2011 Toyota Yaris 2011 Toyota Matrix Yaris vs Matrix
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