When gas prices began soaring a few years ago, demand for hybrid and electric vehicles skyrocketed. While gas prices have since come back down, the demand for fuel-efficient vehicles has not. Most brands now offer at least one hybrid vehicle amongst their lineup. For the 2018 model year, car shoppers with a tight budget will find that there are now fuel-sipping hybrid and all-electric models that are built with a more practical budget in mind. Two of the main contenders are the 2018 Toyota Prius c vs 2018 Nissan LEAF.
The main difference between the two vehicles is the engine. The 2018 LEAF employs an all-electric motor to power it through city streets while the 2018 Prius c takes advantage of a hybrid system. The 2018 Prius c will also cost substantially less with a starting MSRP of $20,630 compared to the 2018 LEAf's starting MSRP of $29,990. See which model fares best in terms of fuel-efficiency below.
2018 Toyota Prius c
2018 Nissan LEAF
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The 2018 Nissan LEAF is equipped with a 110 kW AC synchronous electric motor that can go for about 150 miles before needing a new charge. If you are really passionate about all-electric, this should be enough of a charge to get you to work and back or to run errands around town assuming you have a shorter commute. When you are running low, a 240V charger will net you about 22 miles per one hour of charging.
The 2018 Toyota Prius c has a base 1.5-liter aluminum DOHC engine and a hybrid powertrain that can go for an estimated 456 miles on one tank of gas. Regenerative braking charges the Prius c while in motion meaning aside from filling up at the tank every now and then, owners will be able to enjoy their fuel-sipper without having to remember to charge every day.
Car shoppers looking for fuel-efficiency that aren't married to an all-electric vehicle could save thousands by choosing the 2018 Prius c. The 2018 Prius c is available now at Fox Toyota. We encourage anyone interested in the compact Prius to head to the dealership and see the new model in person.