We were looking at Nissans. The biggest issue we found was cheap interiors. My Aunt has owned a Toyota Prius for more than 10 years and loves it. My husband has owned his Toyota Prius for 2 years and loves it. We drove from SLC to LA California and spent $55.00 in gas. I was blown away. It was a 14 hour drive.
My dad has had a Prius and so has my stepmom. They love them! I don't know anything about the other car
There's a huge difference between the 2 cars, so you really need to research some more. The Nissan Leaf is 100% electric and has a range of around 80 miles before it runs out of power. It needs to be plugged in to charge up. The Toyota Prius is a hybrid which runs off both battery and gas. With a full tank, mine has a range of 500-550 miles. It doesn't get plugged in at all. Prius does have a plug in version, but it only has a range of 15 miles or so before the gas starts getting used.
For obvious reasons, the Leaf is only suitable if you drove less than 80 miles a day and don't wish to make longer road trips with it, etc. On the other hand, I've taken my Prius on a 1400 mile trip.
You have to figure the increase to your electric bill if you get the leaf. Also the range of how far it will go on a charge. The figures they give usually don't figure in using the heat, a/c, radio or anything else that would drain the battery. Look at traffic too. If you get stuck in traffic you may run out of power.
Quoting Loxetter: Well if we get a leaf my husband would use it for work to hopefully save us 200 a month on gas. His office is 27 miles from home. If we get the Prius we won't save AS much but we'll still be saving.
The leaf just seems like such a good deal cheaper car and saves a lot on gas. Thinking there has got to be a catch.... Maybe maintenance is bad, charging gets tiresome, battery looses charge as it ages, battery needs replacing frequently and is expensive or electricity prices will increase for plug ins?
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