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Chevy Volt VS Nissan Leaf: The Consumer Has Spoken!

August 8th, 2011

You’ve heard all the “experts” voice their opinions about the revolutionary gas-saving Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt Plug-in electrics.  But, what do real consumers say?  You know, people like you with busy lives, jobs, and families who need cars that fit their lifestyle and who do not test and write about cars for a living?

To find out, True Consumer Reviews conducted a back to back test with over 100 compact and midsize sedan owners who were considering replacing their existing cars with a hybrid or plug-in electric vehicle.  All owners were willing to pay at least $27,000 to get the vehicle they wanted.  We had them conduct a detailed evaluation and test drive of the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt along with  4 top selling hybrid sedans – the Toyota Prius, Honda Insight, Toyota Camry Hybrid, and Ford Fusion Hybrid.  The evaluation included plugging in the two plug-in electrics with both 110 Volt and 220 Volt charging units.  The Volt was driven and rated in both pure electric and gas recharging modes.  No other consumer review website offers the compiled results from a comprehensive drive and static evaluation by over 100 consumers.

So, what were the results?  Well, in the drive study, consumers found that the Nissan Leaf was no glorified golf cart.  It rated the best of the 6 vehicles for acceleration and handling.  The Chevy Volt also performed well, and it rated at the top of the class for its sporty exterior styling.  But which ones work best for real everyday life?  To get all the details about Chevy Volt vs Nissan Leaf, check out the consumer review ratings for the “Hybrid/Plug-in Sedan” segment.