2018 Nissan Leaf vs Tesla Model 3: 3 Key Comparison

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Evert passing day brings us closer to the release of the next-gen Nissan Leaf and many can’t wait to meet the EV in person. This cannot be helped as the future Leaf promises to plenty of exciting things and the car is also tipped to be the only model that can truly hurt the Tesla Model 3.

The latter is currently in development and it promises to be Tesla’s biggest volume vehicle when released. The Model 3 is confirmed to be the cheapest vehicle produced by Tesla and it will also come with extreme electric range as well as performance.

To compare the Model 3 with the Leaf may seem too early since both vehicles are not out yet but we can already identify three key comparisons.

The first is with driving range. The Model 3 is likely to be a toned down version of the Model S hence we can expect the range to be near the 300 mile mark. The Leaf, on the other hand, will come in two forms. The first will have a range that is in the mid-200 miles and the second will have a range beyond 300-mile.

Then there is the autonomous comparison. The Model 3 is likely to feature Autopilot, which is a self-driving feature from Tesla. Nissan, on the other hand, has confirmed that the Leaf will come with ProPilot and they have claimed their autonomous system to be better.

Last but not least is the design. Previews of both the Leaf and Model 3 suggest that the former will be more attractive since its design is based on the IDS Concept. The Model 3, on the other hand, looks like it is just a scaled down crossing of the Model S and Model X.