2015 Nissan Leaf vs. 2015 Ford Focus
It’s obvious why electric cars are quickly becoming popular in today’s vehicle market: environmental benefits. Two electric vehicle options on the market today are the 2015 Nissan LEAF and the Ford Focus Electric, but how do you choose between the two for your next vehicle?
Whenever embarking on a new adventure, such as buying your first electric car, you want to consider the product’s reputation. In this case, you’re comparing the 2015 Nissan LEAF and the Ford Focus Electric. While both vehicles come from companies with excellent reputations, there’s a huge gap between the reputations of the vehicles themselves.
According to an article from The Car Connection, Nissan has sold roughly 75,000 LEAF vehicles since they were introduced to the market. In comparison, Ford has sold only 4,500 Focus Electric vehicles. While other reports show much larger LEAF sales—upwards of 100,000 vehicles sold—the message is clear: The Nissan LEAF is much more common on the road than the Ford Focus Electric.
We’re not saying you shouldn’t root for the underdog on principle; we’re simply mentioning the difference. In terms of vehicle ownership and maintenance, having a less common car, such as the Ford Focus Electric, could prove to be a bit of a challenge when it comes to getting your regular maintenance. There are certain things you should consider: Given the rarity of the Ford Focus Electric in automotive service centers, how well trained can you expect the service technicians to be? Will the parts you need be readily available?
What Are Your Options?
The Ford Focus Electric has just one trim available in their standard Focus model, which means you’ll get limited options when it comes to choosing features. The Ford Focus Electric is equipped with a 107-kW electric motor and a 23-kWh lithium-ion battery. The vehicle features a leather-wrapped steering wheel, MyKey, remote start, and the controversial infotainment system, SYNC with MyFord Touch.
On the other hand, the Nissan LEAF offers three trim levels with varying levels of technology, comfort, and convenience features. With a unique, fun, and spunky exterior design style, the 2015 Nissan LEAF reminds you immediately that it’s an electric car—as if to say, “Look at me, I’m innovative.”
The vehicle comes standard with an 80-kW AC synchronous electric motor with a 24-kWh lithium-ion battery and a 3.6-kW onboard charger. The zero-emissions vehicle features a palm-shift drive selector, Hill Start Assist, regenerative braking, and vehicle speed-sensitive electric power steering. The vehicle is equipped with great standard features, including a RearView monitor, Nissan Intelligent Key with push-button start, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, and heated front and rear seats.
The vehicle also offers a 6.6-kW onboard charger, quick-charge port, and some of the most advanced technology for entertainment, convenience, and comfort on the market today. These features include the Nissan navigation system with 7-inch QVGA color monitor, NavTraffic and NavWeather, an AroundView monitor, and CARWINGS, a system that allows for a remote connection to start, stop, and monitor the charging status of the vehicle and activate heating and air conditioning systems.
Which Will You Choose?
Stop in to Montgomeryville Nissan today to get a closer look at the 2015 Nissan LEAF. Give us a call at 888-431-2905 or go online to schedule a test drive today.