The automotive future has arrived with the new wave of electric vehicles for sale. Popular electric vehicle (EV) models like the Nissan Leaf deliver instant power, zero emissions, and a low ownership cost, making them a smart choice for the savvy car shopper. Comparing the Leaf to the competition, we’ll see how the Hyundai Ioniq stacks up against Nissan's popular EV. Driving Range The Nissan Leaf is one of the longest-running EVs on the road, offering an affordable and practical option for people wanting to drive a zero-emission vehicle. It was quietly strutting its kilowatts on the streets before any Tesla rolled out of the factory and showed an interest in EVs even though it sported a strange look and a short driving range. The current second-generation Leaf matured with more traditional styling and a more extended driving range. Engine Power Performance was not something most people looked in the EV segment for in its early years, but today’s EVs make great use of their instantly available torque and energy-dense batteries. Powering the Nissan Leaf is a 110 kW AC synchronous electric motor that provides up to 147 HP. The Hyundai Ioniq isn’t as potent as the Leaf, as it's electric motor cranks out 118 HP with an interior-permanent magnet synchronous motor. Both feature a single-speed transmission with front-wheel drive. Enjoy faster acceleration with the Leaf and 236 lb. ft of torque compared to 218 lb. ft of torque for the Ioniq. With just a bit of power, the Leaf wins on performance. A locking/limited slip differential is also standard on the Leaf while not available on the Ioniq.
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Safety The Leaf and the Ioniq come equipped with conventional active and passive safety features such as traction control, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, and driver and passenger airbags. Look deeper, though, and you'll find that the 2020 Nissan LEAF holds the advantage in advanced safety features and driver-assistive technologies. For instance, Nissan's ProPILOT Assist™ with semi-autonomous driving capabilities and an Intelligent Around View MonitorⓇ are available and help drivers stay alert and focused yet relaxed at the wheel. Modern Comfort When it comes to interior comfort, the difference is in the details. For example, the Leaf offers carpeted floor mats while none are available with the Ioniq. More headroom means more room to move, and the Leaf wins again with 41.2 inches, whereas the Ioniq is just a little short with 39.1 inches. Both models include a stereo system, with the Leaf offering a CD player and MP3 player for additional entertainment options. Design Both the Leaf and Ioniq are concerned about function in the design of the models. They include available heated mirrors and intermittent windshield washers. As a bonus, the Leaf has rear windshield wipers as standard, while this feature isn’t available on the Hyundai model. Bring along more stuff because the Leaf offers more cargo space. Visit Charlie Clark Nissan of El Paso to Finance the New Leaf Now that you've learned how the new Leaf surpasses the Ioniq in many ways, why not schedule a test drive? The friendly sales staff at Charlie Clark Nissan of El Paso, TX, can assist with any questions. Our in-house finance center is available to help you secure the right Leaf for an affordable price. Additionally, our team can help you trade in your car, which will help lower the cost of your new Leaf. When you're ready to upgrade to a new Nissan Leaf, visit our dealership!