If you're ready to go green and stop visiting the gas station -- except for snacks -- then the 2015 Nissan Leaf is the car that will live up to your fantasies. The friendly staff at Wallace Nissan in Stuart, FL, serving the cities of Port St. Lucie, Palm City, White City and Jupiter, are ready to get you into this lean green machine ASAP! Come down to our dealership and see why the Nissan Leaf is in such demand!
Let's take a look at how the 2015 Nissan Leaf stacks up against the BMW i3.
Nissan Leaf Powertrain versus BMW i3 Powertrain
The Leaf's been stellar electric car that's been cleaning up the emissions of Florida's highways for the past 5 years. It comes with an 80kw synchronous electric motor with 107hp, coupled with a 24 kWh lithium-ion battery. A 3.6 kW onboard charger is included. It boasts an estimated mpg range of 126 city/101 highway on a single charge. By contrast, the new kid on the block, the BMW i3, comes with an all-electric 170hp motor and a high-voltage battery. A 7.4kW fast charger is included. It has a range of 70-110 miles on a single charge. It's important to note that on both cars, the range-per-charge is an estimate, as it also depends on driving style, traffic and the road itself.
Pricing and Value
Even if performance is the same or lesser, a luxury brand is going to come at a price. That's why the 2015 Nissan Leaf is such a bargain for the same features. Plus, it's been a proven winner in the electric car market for quite some time now. Standard features for the MSRP starting price of $29,010 (which lessens to $21,510 net value after federal rebates.) include heated power mirrors, power windows, Bluetooth, a 4.3-inch LCD screen, audio system and MP3 decoder for CD's. The much pricier, paying-for-the-name BMW i3 starts at $42,400. That's over a $13,000 difference before rebates. The i3 doesn't have rear windows that open, nor does it have heated power mirrors. But it does come with navigation, which is an option on the higher end Leaf models. But even with $3000 worth of options added to the base Leaf, the price is still $10,000 less than the BMW i3!
Leaf Seating Capacity Compared to i3 Seating Capacity
When you're looking to help the environment and your wallet by purchasing an electric car, wouldn't you want to transport as many people as possible, whether your family, friends, or carpool? That's why the 2015 Nissan Leaf wins on this front, as it has a seating capacity of 5 while only 4 people can travel in the BMW i3. Legroom and headroom are also better in the Leaf.