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Used BMW i3 Electric vs. Used Nissan LEAF Electric | CarMax

Used BMW i3 Electric vs. Used Nissan LEAF Electric | CarMax

At CarMax we’ve sold over 100,000 hybrids and electrics in more than 100 different models and trims. And today we’re checking out two of our most
popular electric vehicles, the Nissan LEAF and the BMW i3. Both are powered by lithium-ion batteries
and offer great looks and lots of features. This 2013 Nissan LEAF SV is one of many budget-friendly models available for less than $10,000 at Designed to be aerodynamic right down to the
headlights, this LEAF has an EPA estimated driving range of 75 miles and features 107-horsepower
with 187 foot/pounds of instant torque. Delivering more than enough power for the
on-ramp. Behind the wheel, you’ll find a bright interior
with seating for five. The stylish instrument panel monitors speed and the
energy usage while the infotainment system gives you access to navigation and your favorite
apps. The LEAF has almost 24 cubic feet of storage
with the split fold-down seats adding extra flexibility for cargo hauling. Now the first thing you’ll probably notice
about the 2014 BMW i3 is the bold look and futuristic style. It’s one of many i3’s available at
for around $20,000. This i3 has an EPA-estimated range of 81 miles. It offers 170 horsepower and 184 foot/pounds
of instant torque for a quick start off the lot. Climbing into the ultra-modern interior, you’ll
notice this i3 sits a little higher like an SUV. The traditional dashboard has been replaced
by two screens that display range, parking sensors, and the iDrive infotainment system. The unique coach doors offer easy access to
a backseat with room for two. The storage space in the hatchback is a bit
limited but the fold-flat rear seats help to maximize cargo capacity. According to the manufacturers, with their
included 120-volt household level-one chargers, this 2013 Nissan LEAF can be charged in about
30 hours and this 2014 i3 in about 18. After-market level two chargers are available
from a variety of companies and are designed to dramatically reduce the charge time for
each vehicle. While electric cars are mainly thought of
as solid choices for commuting, our recent test drive showed us that they are also a
lot of fun on the open road. Let’s take a look. “Technologies great – I’ve got computers here
that monitor my distance and my battery life.” “It’s really simple because the display is
right here in front of me how much charge I have so I can make really good decisions
about when I need to plug in.” “So, you know I’m tall and even over six feet
there’s plenty of headroom and legroom.” “My favorite place to charge is actually at
my house in my garage. It’s convenient and it’s like fueling up at
home.” “The pickup is really good. Surprising actually. It handles like a sports car and has enough
room to get you where you need to go.” There you have it – the BMW i3 with exotic
looks and premium features and the Nissan LEAF delivering a spacious interior with a
budget-friendly price. Check out our nationwide selection of electrics
and hybrids at or stop by your local CarMax for a test drive today. Thanks for watching.

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