Ithaca, Cortland, and Elmira, New York, drivers considering a more efficient vehicle for their future travels need to explore the 2021 Nissan LEAF and the Toyota Prius Prime. Both are economical and high-tech options for drivers of the future.

To help you determine which model is best for you, the Maguire Nissan team has created this guide comparing the Nissan LEAF vs. the Toyota Prius Prime. Continue reading to discover the differences between these two cars.

Nissan LEAF vs Toyota Prius Prime Fuel Economy

The Nissan LEAF and the Toyota Prius Prime both offer drivers a highly efficient and economical ride. However, the Nissan LEAF does beat out the Prius Prime in terms of electric range and fuel efficiency:

Nissan LEAF


Toyota Prius Prime

EPA-estimated 123 city/ 99 highway MPGe1

Fuel Economy

EPA-estimated 55 city/53 highway MPG

Up to 226 miles1


Up to 133 miles

This difference is primarily due to the fact that the LEAF is fully electric, while the Prius Prime is a hybrid. As a result, the Toyota mainly relies on gasoline to run, while the Nissan only needs to be charged.

Nissan LEAF vs Toyota Prius Prime Performance

Not only does the Nissan LEAF trump the Toyota Prius Prime in terms of fuel efficiency, but it also offers a more energetic ride:




Nissan LEAF

40 kWh lithium-ion battery

147 horsepower

Nissan LEAF

62 kWh lithium-ion battery (available)

214 horsepower

Toyota Prius Prime

1.8L 4-cylinder and 90 kW hybrid battery

121 horsepower

The extra horsepower generated by the Nissan LEAF will make each drive more exhilarating, even though you're being economical.

Nissan LEAF vs Toyota Prius Prime Cargo Capacity

Inside the Nissan LEAF, you'll find more room to carry your and your family's belongings. With the rear seats up, you'll have 23.6 cubic feet of room to carry your cargo. With the 60/40 split-folding seats down, you'll have a maximum of 30 cubic feet.

On the other hand, the Toyota Prius Prime only offers 19.8 cubic feet of cargo capacity. While this model also has 60/40 split-fold down seats, without the extra space that the LEAF provides, you may have to leave certain items at home.

Nissan LEAF vs Toyota Prius Prime Safety

Both the Nissan LEAF and the Toyota Prius Prime come with a myriad of safety and driver assistance features to make your drives as secure as possible.

Within each vehicle, you'll find similar technology, like the Nissan Intelligent Trace Control and the Toyota Lane Tracing Assist. This feature helps to keep you in your lane on the highway and comes standard on both vehicles.

However, you will find more standard driver assistance features on the LEAF than the Prius Prime, including:

  • Rear Automatic Braking
  • Active Ride Control
  • Intelligent Blind Spot Intervention

Moreover, you'll find Rear Cross Traffic Alert and the RearView Monitor standard inside the LEAF, while you'll have to upgrade on the Prius Prime to get more advanced parking guidance technology.

Learn More About the Nissan LEAF vs Toyota Prius Prime

After reading this guide, you're more aware of how the Nissan LEAF and the Toyota Prius Prime differ. You're also in a better position to choose the right model that suits your needs.

Ithaca, Cortland, and Elmira, New York, residents are welcome to visit Maguire Nissan to test out the Nissan LEAF and its impressive electric efficiency.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

2021 EPA range of up to 149 miles for LEAF® S, SV; up to 226 miles for LEAF S PLUS; up to 215 miles for LEAF SV PLUS, SL PLUS. 2021 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates 123 City MPGe / 99 Highway MPGe / 111 Combined MPGe for LEAF S and SV; 118 City MPGe / 97 Highway MPGe / 108 Combined MPGe for LEAF S Plus; 114 City MPGe / 94 Highway MPGe / 104 Combined MPGe for LEAF SV Plus and SL Plus. Based on EPA formula of 33.7 kW/hour equal to one gallon of gasoline energy. Actual range will vary with trim levels, options, and driving conditions; see Customer Disclosure Form for details.

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