Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2013 Nissan LEAF VS 2013 Lexus CT200h Near Phoenix, AZ

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2013 Nissan LEAF

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2013 Lexus CT200h

Safety Comparison

The Leaf SV/SL offers an optional Around View ® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The CT200h only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the Leaf and the CT200h have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 5 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Leaf’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

The Leaf’s electric motor produces 34 lbs.-ft. more torque (187 vs. 153) than the CT200h’s 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

As tested in Road & Track the Nissan Leaf is faster than the Lexus CT200h:



Zero to 60 MPH

9.4 sec

10.1 sec

Quarter Mile

17.2 sec

17.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

79 MPH

78.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Leaf gets better fuel mileage than the CT200h (130 city/102 hwy vs. 43 city/40 hwy).

The Leaf’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 73 miles on a full charge. The CT200h can only travel about 1 mile before it has to start its internal combustion engine.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Leaf’s brake rotors are larger than those on the CT200h:



Front Rotors

11.1 inches

10 inches

Rear Rotors

11.5 inches

11 inches

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Leaf’s wheelbase is 3.9 inches longer than on the CT200h (106.3 inches vs. 102.4 inches).

The Leaf SL goes through Road & Track’s slalom 1.9 MPH faster than the CT200h (65.5 vs. 63.6 MPH).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Leaf has 6.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CT200h (92.4 vs. 86.1).

The Leaf has 2.3 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom and .5 inches more rear legroom than the CT200h.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Leaf has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the CT200h (24 vs. 14.3 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Leaf has standard extendable sun visors. The CT200h doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Leaf’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The CT200h’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

The Leaf has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the CT200h. The Leaf also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the CT200h.

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