The Nissan Leaf and the Kia Soul represent two different varieties of vehicles that are designed to appeal to green, urban consumers. The Nissan Leaf is a 100 percent electric car. Built to be aerodynamic, the Leaf is charged overnight via a home power unit or at one of 7,800 power charging stations nationwide. Since it never needs gasoline, it does not emit harmful pollutants. The Kia Soul has a standard gasoline engine. It has been designed to save fuel via its gasoline direct injection and its small size. It produces emissions at the normal rate of a gasoline-powered vehicle.
Gas Mileage Versus Electric Miles
With its electric motor, the Leaf gets an EPA estimated mileage of 130 miles per gallon equivalent in the city and up to 102 mpge on the highway. With its manual transmission, standard on the base and plus trims, the Kia Soul gets 25 mpg/city and 30 mpg/highway. With an automatic transmission, standard on the highest trim, the Soul can get 24/29 city/highway.
This fuel difference greatly impacts ownership costs. While the Leaf is not subject to any variance in gas prices, the Soul will be. Filling up will cost about $2,000 or more, depending on the cost of gasoline. On the other hand, the Leaf will use only $500 to $600 in electricity over the course of a year.
The Leaf features Nissan Intelligent Key with push button start. To keep passengers comfortable, every Leaf includes automatic climate control, heated front seats, heated back seats and rear vents. The driver enjoys a standard heated leather steering wheel. The Leaf features a 4.3” infotainment screen, Bluetooth for hands-free phone calls, a four-speaker CD audio system, and complimentary SiriusXM. The Leaf S adds Nissan Navigation, a 7” screen, larger wheels and a higher kilowatt onboard charger. It also adds Nissan Carwings, which allows owners to connect to their vehicle via their smartphone.
The Soul features Bluetooth and a four-speaker stereo with complementary SiriusXM. The Soul does not offer navigation except as an option on its highest trim level. A rearview camera and automatic climate control are available on a higher trim. Heated front seats are available, but the Soul does not offer rear vents, heated rear seats or a heated steering wheel.
The Leaf features aerodynamic halogen headlight plus an aerodynamic underbody cover, rear spoiler and rear diffuser. Windows are tinted with a UV-reducing front windshield. Other design features include chrome handles and body-color bumpers. All Leafs come with heated side mirrors for extra visibility.
The Soul has clear-lens headlights, extra-dark tinted privacy glass, and body-color door handles. Heated side mirrors are standard on the two higher trims.
Check out our 2013 Nissan Leaf Inventory at Montgomeryville Nissan.