Compare Tesla Model 3 vs Nissan Leaf

Compare Tesla Model 3 vs. 2018 Nissan Leaf specifications side-by-side

Mar 12, 2018 | by Iqtidar Ali

I know that Tesla Model 3 is a compact sedan and Nissan Leaf is a hatchback but I still persist in comparing both — reason? They do still compete being Electric Vehicles.

While aiming at buying an electric car for yourself or the family these two cars might give you a tough time making a choice between the two.

2018 Nissan Leaf received some major design enhancements in comparison to it’s previous model — sharper front-fascia, re-designed headlights and rear lights boasting a more aggressive modern design.

Starting at $29,990 with a 151 miles of range the 2018 Nissan Leaf puts a good challenge to Tesla Model 3 which starts at $35,000 and the wait time for delivery can stretch from 1-3 years.

Tesla Model 3
2018 Nissan Leaf

Exterior Dimensions

Parameters Tesla Model 3 2018 Nissan Leaf
Length 184.8 in ( 4693 mm ) 176.4 in ( 4480 mm )
Width (Mirrors folded) 76.1 in ( 1933 mm ) 70.5 in ( 1790 mm )
Height 56.8 ( 1442 mm ) 61.6 in ( 1564 mm )
Wheelbase 113.2 in ( 2875 mm ) 106.3 in ( 2700 mm )
Track (wheel center) Front / Rear 62.2 / 62.2 in ( 1580 / 1580 mm ) 60.2 / 60.8 in ( 1529 / 1544 mm )
Body Hybrid steel/aluminum body Fully Galvanized Steel Panels

Interior Dimensions

Parameters   Tesla Model 3 2018 Nissan Leaf
Headroom Front 39.6 in ( 1006 mm ) 41.2 in ( 1046 mm )
  Rear 37.7 ( 957 mm ) 37.3 in ( 947 mm )
Headroom (glass roof) Front 40.3 ( 1023 mm ) N/A
  Rear 37.7 ( 957 mm ) N/A
Leg Room Front 42.7 in ( 1084 mm ) 42.1 in ( 1069 mm )
  Rear 35.2 in ( 894 mm ) 33.5 in ( 850 mm )
Shoulder Room Front 56.3 in ( 1430 mm ) 54.3 in ( 1379 mm )
  Rear 54.0 in ( 1371 mm ) 52.5 in ( 1333 mm )
Hip Room Front 53.4 in ( 1356 mm ) 51.7 in ( 1313 mm )
  Rear 52.4 in ( 1330 mm ) 50.0 in ( 1270 mm )


  Variants 0-60 mph Top Speed Drag Coefficient
Tesla Model 3 Standard 5.6 sec 130 mph (209 km/h) 0.23
  Long Range 5.1 sec 140 mph (225 km/h) 0.23
2018 Nissan Leaf All variants 8.0 sec ( Motor Trend est ) No Info 0.28

Battery / Charging / Range / Mileage

  Tesla Model 3 (Standard) Tesla Model 3 (Long Range) 2018 Nissan Leaf
Battery No manufacturer info 40 kWh lithium-ion battery
Home Charging rate 30 miles of range per hour (240V outlet 32A) 37 miles of range per hour (240V outlet 40A) 16 hrs, 3.6 kW/8 hrs, 6.6 kW ( Motor Trend )
Supercharging / Fast charging rate 130 miles of range per 30 mins 170 miles of range per 30 mins No Info
Range 220 miles ( 354 kms ) 310 miles (499 kms) 151 miles ( 243 kms )
Mileage ( MPGe ) 126 City: 125, Highway: 100, Combined: 112

Weight Info

  Tesla Model 3 2018 Nissan Leaf
Base Curb Weight : lbs Standard: 3,549 S: 3,433
  Long Range: 3,814 SV: 3,468
    SL: 3,508

Luggage Capacity / Cargo Volume (cu. ft.)

Tesla Model 3 2018 Nissan Leaf
15 23.6
  Rear seat down: 30.0


Options Tesla Model 3 2018 Nissan Leaf
Front Double wishbone, virtual steer axis front suspension with coil over twin-tube shock absorbers Independent strut
Rear Independent multi-link rear suspension with twin-tube shock absorbers Torsion beam
Stabilizer bars Front & Rear standard Front & Rear standard

Convenience / Connectivity / Tech

Options Tesla Model 3 2018 Nissan Leaf
On-board Computer On-board Supercomputer (Nvidia Drive PX2) No Official Info
Steering / Steering Controls Steering wheel with twin scrollers enabling access to multiple-functions including steering height and side mirror adjustments Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering, Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
Center Screen 15" center touch screen with multi layered info, navigation and autopilot display 7" color display w/multi-touch control
Internet connectivity Wi-Fi and LTE internet connectivity N/A
Radio FM/Internet streaming radio HD Radio, SiriusXM satellite radio, SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link (weather, fuel prices, movie listings, stock info and sports)
Hands Free Calling Bluetooth® hands-free calling and media streaming Bluetooth hands-free phone system, streaming audio via Bluetooth, hands-free text messaging assistant
Keyless Entry Keyless entry and remote climate control using the Tesla app Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
Remote Controls / Telematics Remote climate control using the Tesla app NissanConnect EV - allowing for remote connection to the vehicle (monitor battery state of charge, start charging event and turn on HVAC system)
Apple Car Play / Android Auto N/A Only on SV and SL variants
Rearview Mirror Auto dimming rear-view mirror Auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink® Universal Transceiver (Optional on SV, Standard on SL variant)
Side Mirrors Power-adjustable side mirrors Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
Power Windows One-touch power windows throughout Power windows with driver's window one-touch auto up/down
Power Seats 12-way, power adjustable front seats, steering column and side mirrors (Only with Premium Upgrades Package. Manually adjustable seats in base Model 3) 6-way manual adjustable driver's bucket seat (standard on S and SV) 8-way power driver seat w/2-way lumbar and 4-way manual front passenger seats (standard on the SL variant)
Driver Profiles Universal driver profiles accessible through entire Tesla fleet No Official Info
Rear Camera Back-Up Camera RearView Monitor


Options Tesla Model 3 2018 Nissan Leaf
Brakes Electromechanically boosted four wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS) with electronic brake force distribution (EBD) Front and rear vented disc brakes, 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist, Hill Start Assist
Radars/Sensors Eight cameras, forward radar and twelve ultrasonic sensors enabling active safety technologies including collision avoidance and automatic emergency braking Only on SL variant: Intelligent Around View® Monitor (Front, Rear, Left, Right Monitoring), Blind Spot Warning (BSW) Blind Spot Sensor
Airbags Six front row and two side curtain airbags Nissan Advanced Air Bag System with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt and occupant-classification sensors, Driver and front-passenger seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags, Roof-mounted curtain supplemental air bags with rollover sensor for side-impact head protection for front and rear-seat outboard occupants
Seat Belts Three-point safety belts with belt-reminders for driver and four passengers Front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters, 3-point ALR/ELR passenger seat belt system (ELR for driver)
LATCH Two LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) attachments in second row LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) in rear seats
Traction / Stability Controls Electronic stability and traction control Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System (TCS)
Tire Pressure Monitoring Tire pressure monitoring system Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with Easy-Fill Tire Alert
Anti-theft Anti-theft alarm system N/A
Child Locks Child safety locks Rear Child Safety Locks

Warranties / Assistance

Options Tesla Model 3 2018 Nissan Leaf
Basic warranty 4 year, 50,000 mile limited warranty 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Battery 8 year, 100,000 miles (120,000 mile with Long Range Battery) 8 Years/100,000 Miles
Drivetrain 4 year, 50,000 mile limited warranty 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion No info 5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 24x7x365 Availability (more info) 3 Years/Unlimited Miles


Variants Tesla Model 3 2018 Nissan Leaf
1 Standard: $35,000 S: $29,990
2 Long Range: $44,000 SV: $32,490
3   SL: $36,200

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Iqtidar Ali

Iqtidar Ali is a long time web developer and now writing for his childhood passion 'cars' further boosted by the advent of electric vehicles especially Tesla.

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