Do you find yourself getting bigger shoes for your carbon footprint more often than you'd like? Then, maybe it's time to switch to an electric vehicle or a hybrid one. With more and more electric models arriving on the market every day, which one will be best suited for you?

To help you narrow down your choices, we at Maguire Nissan have put together this Nissan LEAF vs. Toyota Prius comparison. We want all of our drivers in the Ithaca, Elmira, and Cortland, New York, areas to be fully informed when they visit us for a test drive.

2021 Nissan LEAF vs Toyota Prius Performance: To Engine or Not to Engine?

The biggest difference between the LEAF and the Prius is that the Prius is a hybrid while the LEAF is a fully electric vehicle. This means that the Prius combines a 1.8L 4-cylinder engine with a permanent magnet AC synchronous motor to produce 121 net horsepower and 120 lb-ft of torque. With the Prius, you'll still need to stop at the pump every now and then.

The LEAF offers two fully electric motors, so you'll never need to stop at the pump-simply recharge at home. The 110 kw AC synchronous electric motor produces 147 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque while the more powerful 160 kw AC synchronous electric motor boasts 214 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque. 

This means that not only will you have exactly zero emissions, but you'll also have more power than the Prius.

2021 Nissan LEAF vs Toyota Prius Interior Features: Comfort and Convenience for Miles

You're going to be spending a lot of time in your car between commutes and grocery runs, so it should be a comfortable place. Both the LEAF and the Prius have available 8-way power adjustable driver's seats and 4-way adjustable passenger seats. This way, you and your copilot can be comfortable as you debate along with the morning talk radio.However, only the driver's seat in the LEAF took inspiration from NASA, with their Zero Gravity seats. These seats are designed to encourage a natural and neutral seating position to help reduce driver fatigue. So even if you're just heading to work, you share something in common with those among the stars.

2021 Nissan LEAF vs Toyota Prius Safety: Always Watching Over You

Performance and comfort are all well and good, but safety should be your number one concern. Both the LEAF and the Prius come with comprehensive, brand-specific safety suites-Nissan Safety Shield® 360 and Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0, respectively.Each comes with standard features, such as:

  • Lane Departure Warning
  • High Beam Assist
  • Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection

However, only the 2021 LEAF offers available Intelligent Driver Alertness. This feature analyzes how you're driving and will give you an audio cue when it senses you might be suffering from fatigue. When you're on the road, it's nice to have someone watching over your health. In the Prius, you'll have to look out for yourself.

2021 Nissan LEAF vs Toyota Prius: Test Drive Your Favorite

When you're ready to experience the future of driving in a hybrid or an electric vehicle, either the 2021 LEAF or the Prius would be great choices. However, with more power, safety, and inspiration from the stars, the LEAF has some definite perks.

If you find yourself in the Ithaca, Elmira, or Cortland, NY, areas, come and visit us at Maguire Nissan and we'll set you up with a test drive in no time.

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