Compare Tesla Model 3 vs Nissan Leaf

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

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

ParametersTesla Model 3 2018 Nissan Leaf
Length184.8 in ( 4693 mm ) 176.4 in ( 4480 mm )
Width (Mirrors folded)76.1 in ( 1933 mm )70.5 in ( 1790 mm )
Height56.8 ( 1442 mm )61.6 in ( 1564 mm )
Wheelbase113.2 in ( 2875 mm )106.3 in ( 2700 mm )
Track (wheel center) Front / Rear62.2 / 62.2 in ( 1580 / 1580 mm )60.2 / 60.8 in ( 1529 / 1544 mm )
BodyHybrid steel/aluminum bodyFully Galvanized Steel Panels

Interior Dimensions

Parameters Tesla Model 32018 Nissan Leaf
HeadroomFront39.6 in ( 1006 mm )41.2 in ( 1046 mm )
 Rear37.7 ( 957 mm )37.3 in ( 947 mm )
Headroom (glass roof)Front40.3 ( 1023 mm )N/A
 Rear37.7 ( 957 mm )N/A
Leg RoomFront42.7 in ( 1084 mm )42.1 in ( 1069 mm )
 Rear35.2 in ( 894 mm )33.5 in ( 850 mm )
Shoulder RoomFront56.3 in ( 1430 mm )54.3 in ( 1379 mm )
 Rear54.0 in ( 1371 mm )52.5 in ( 1333 mm )
Hip RoomFront53.4 in ( 1356 mm )51.7 in ( 1313 mm )
 Rear52.4 in ( 1330 mm )50.0 in ( 1270 mm )


 Variants0-60 mphTop Speed Drag Coefficient
Tesla Model 3Standard5.6 sec130 mph (209 km/h)0.23
 Long Range5.1 sec140 mph (225 km/h)0.23
2018 Nissan LeafAll variants8.0 sec ( Motor Trend est )No Info0.28

Battery / Charging / Range / Mileage

 Tesla Model 3 (Standard)Tesla Model 3 (Long Range)2018 Nissan Leaf
BatteryNo manufacturer info40 kWh lithium-ion battery
Home Charging rate30 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 rate130 miles of range per 30 mins170 miles of range per 30 minsNo Info
Range220 miles ( 354 kms )310 miles (499 kms)151 miles ( 243 kms )
Mileage ( MPGe )126City: 125, Highway: 100, Combined: 112

Weight Info

 Tesla Model 32018 Nissan Leaf
Base Curb Weight : lbsStandard: 3,549S: 3,433
 Long Range: 3,814SV: 3,468
  SL: 3,508

Luggage Capacity / Cargo Volume (cu. ft.)

Tesla Model 32018 Nissan Leaf
 Rear seat down: 30.0


OptionsTesla Model 32018 Nissan Leaf
FrontDouble wishbone, virtual steer axis front suspension with coil over twin-tube shock absorbersIndependent strut
RearIndependent multi-link rear suspension with twin-tube shock absorbersTorsion beam
Stabilizer barsFront & Rear standardFront & Rear standard

Convenience / Connectivity / Tech

OptionsTesla Model 32018 Nissan Leaf
On-board ComputerOn-board Supercomputer (Nvidia Drive PX2)No Official Info
Steering / Steering ControlsSteering wheel with twin scrollers enabling access to multiple-functions including steering height and side mirror adjustmentsElectric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering, Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
Center Screen15" center touch screen with multi layered info, navigation and autopilot display7" color display w/multi-touch control
Internet connectivityWi-Fi and LTE internet connectivityN/A
RadioFM/Internet streaming radioHD Radio, SiriusXM satellite radio, SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link (weather, fuel prices, movie listings, stock info and sports)
Hands Free CallingBluetooth® hands-free calling and media streamingBluetooth hands-free phone system, streaming audio via Bluetooth, hands-free text messaging assistant
Keyless EntryKeyless entry and remote climate control using the Tesla appRemote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
Remote Controls / TelematicsRemote climate control using the Tesla appNissanConnect 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 AutoN/AOnly on SV and SL variants
Rearview MirrorAuto dimming rear-view mirrorAuto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink® Universal Transceiver (Optional on SV, Standard on SL variant)
Side MirrorsPower-adjustable side mirrorsBody-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
Power WindowsOne-touch power windows throughoutPower windows with driver's window one-touch auto up/down
Power Seats12-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 ProfilesUniversal driver profiles accessible through entire Tesla fleetNo Official Info
Rear CameraBack-Up CameraRearView Monitor


OptionsTesla Model 32018 Nissan Leaf
BrakesElectromechanically 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/SensorsEight cameras, forward radar and twelve ultrasonic sensors enabling active safety technologies including collision avoidance and automatic emergency brakingOnly on SL variant: Intelligent Around View® Monitor (Front, Rear, Left, Right Monitoring), Blind Spot Warning (BSW) Blind Spot Sensor
AirbagsSix front row and two side curtain airbagsNissan 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 BeltsThree-point safety belts with belt-reminders for driver and four passengersFront seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters, 3-point ALR/ELR passenger seat belt system (ELR for driver)
LATCHTwo LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) attachments in second rowLATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) in rear seats
Traction / Stability ControlsElectronic stability and traction controlVehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System (TCS)
Tire Pressure MonitoringTire pressure monitoring systemTire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with Easy-Fill Tire Alert
Anti-theftAnti-theft alarm systemN/A
Child LocksChild safety locksRear Child Safety Locks

Warranties / Assistance

OptionsTesla Model 32018 Nissan Leaf
Basic warranty4 year, 50,000 mile limited warranty3 Years/36,000 Miles
Battery8 year, 100,000 miles (120,000 mile with Long Range Battery)8 Years/100,000 Miles
Drivetrain4 year, 50,000 mile limited warranty5 Years/60,000 Miles
CorrosionNo info5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance24x7x365 Availability (more info)3 Years/Unlimited Miles


VariantsTesla Model 32018 Nissan Leaf
1Standard: $35,000S: $29,990
2Long Range: $44,000SV: $32,490
3 SL: $36,200
Iqtidar Ali
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Iqtidar Ali reports on the latest happenings at Tesla and Electric Vehicle forefront. With over 1 decade of experience in website development, he's our IT resource as well.

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