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Compare The 2020 Nissan LEAF & Tesla Model 3 Electric Vehicles

Premier Nissan of Metairie 2020 Nissan Leaf Vs Model 3

Electric cars are increasingly popular today, and that trend looks to continue, thanks to impressive models like the new Nissan LEAF. With zero emissions, instant torque and easy charging, electric vehicles are a smart choice for any motorists looking to join in on the future of driving today.

If you are shopping for a new electric vehicle (EV) around Kenner, Louisiana, you can always turn to our nearby Nissan dealership, where we proudly carry the 2020 Nissan LEAF.

The sales specialists here at Premier Nissan of Metairie would like to invite you to contact and visit our auto dealership, where our team can go over the many benefits of driving a 2020 LEAF. New EV shoppers are likely to cross-shop the new Nissan LEAF and the Tesla Model 3 in their search for an electric car; that's why we've created a vehicle review comparing these two popular options in the burgeoning EV market.


2020 Nissan LEAF

2020 Tesla Model 3


Nissan LEAF

Tesla Model 3

Driving Range

Up to 226 miles
Miles EPA-Estimated Range

Miles EPA-Estimated Range


Up to 214 hp

258 hp


Up to 250  


Cargo Volume






Apple CarPlay



Android Auto




16" or 17"

18" or 19"

Automatic Emergency Braking



Driver-Assistance Suite



  • Highlighted Features On The LEAF
  • • Multiple Battery Options
  • • Up to 30 cubic feet of cargo space
  • • e-Pedal
  • • Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System
  • • Smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
  • • Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Start
  • • Rear Door Alert
  • • NissanConnect® 8-inch touch-screen display
  • • Zone Body construction with crumple zones
  • • Intelligent Blind Spot Information
  • • Hill Start Assist
  • Highlighted Features On The Model 3
  • • Multiple Battery Options
  • • Power-adjustable front seats
  • • Interior floor mats
  • • Rear speakers
  • • Bluetooth® capability
  • • Center console with storage
  • • Premium audio system
  • • Heated front and rear seats
  • • 4 USB ports
  • • Power folding, heated side mirrors
  • • Custom driver profiles
  • • LED fog lamps

How The New Nissan LEAF & Tesla Model 3 Compare

Premier Nissan of Metairie 2020 Nissan Leaf Vs Model 3 Interior Views


When it comes to looks and exterior design, the 2020 Nissan LEAF and 2020 Tesla Model 3 are quite different. The new LEAF boasts a sporty hatchback shape that is not only stylish but highly versatile, too. Tesla's Model 3 features a more traditional sedan exterior shape that is also attractive. If you're looking for a new electric car that's easy to maneuver, even in tight spaces, the Nissan LEAF is what you're after, as it is only 176.4 inches long. The Tesla Model 3 measures 184.8 inches long, making it not as agile in tight traffic or parking areas.


Moving on to the interior of these two EV models, the Nissan LEAF greets motorists with a host of innovative technologies and driver-assistive systems that add convenience and confidence to every journey. Smartphone integration via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay lets you stay connected yet focused on the road ahead, as does the hands-free text messaging assistant tech this Nissan offers. The Tesla Model 3 offers similar amenities that help drivers stay connected while on the move.

Both electric cars feature large touchscreen displays and Bluetooth streaming audio for playing your favorite music and podcasts so that you can stay entertained and informed during any highway drive or cruise around town. From its 7-inch information display and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls to its automatic temperature control, the new LEAF EV is equipped to keep you engaged and comfortable out on the road. You can schedule a tour and test drive at our Metairie, LA, auto dealership to experience the Nissan EV's cabin features first-hand.

So where do these two EVs digress? We mentioned that the 2020 Nissan LEAF boasts a hatchback design compared to the Model 3's sedan shape, and these styling differences certainly come into play regarding each car's interior space.

If you want to drive a new electric car that's surprisingly versatile, you'll want to check out the amazing utility of the 2020 Nissan LEAF. This shapely EV features up to 30 cubic feet of cargo space, including the rear seat area. Tesla's Model 3 falls far short of this figure, as it offers just 15 cubic feet for cargo. Plus, with a maximum payload of 1,220 pounds, Nissan's new EV easily tops the 893-pound rating of the Model 3.

Curb Weight

What about overall on-road handling and agility? Well, the 2020 Tesla Model 3 is not only significantly longer than the Nissan LEAF, but it is also much heavier. The Tesla tips the scales at 3,552 to 4,100 pounds, depending on which version you select. Meanwhile, the nimble Nissan LEAF weighs between 3,538 and 3,946 pounds. For a lighter, more agile and maneuverable EV, the choice is easy: Nissan's new LEAF!

Benefits Of Driving An EV

Premier Nissan of Metairie 2020 Nissan Leaf Vs Model 3

Credits & Incentives

There are many advantages to driving an electric vehicle around Louisiana. Potential Federal tax credits on a qualified Nissan LEAF could save you big money! Explore New Orleans and beyond with a vehicle that keeps money in your pocket and helps protect Mother Nature by stopping by our new and used car dealership in Metairie to learn about the federal and state tax credits that you may qualify for. You can also contact our sales pros for assistance before your visit.

Looking at the starting MSRP of these two EVs, you'll notice that the Nissan LEAF offers much more affordable pricing. Even with applicable credits or incentives, Nissan tops Tesla when it comes to price and value!

Low Cost Of Ownership & Maintenance

Electric cars like the 2020 Nissan LEAF can save you money in a multitude of ways. On top of potential tax credits and incentives, the LEAF EV doesn't require any gasoline. The only refueling you'll ever have to do at a gas station is picking up some snacks for your road trip. Say goodbye to saving up for gas money and say hello to convenient at-home and on-the-go electric charging!

Since EVs aren't powered by an internal combustion engine, there is no need for oil changes and other common routine maintenance or long-term car repair procedures. You won't need to worry about tune-ups or most fluids top-offs, and there's no timing belt, traditional brake system or other common wear items to replace. If your LEAF requires some upkeep down the road, we're here for you with a dedicated auto service center.

Finance a New LEAF At Premier Nissan of Metairie

When you're ready to make the jump into the future and secure a new electric vehicle, opt for a competitively priced 2020 Nissan LEAF from our new and used car dealership near Kenner, LA! We're proud to offer an array of automotive services that make it easy to get behind the wheel of your preferred new Nissan. From trade-in assistance and loan help to lease specials, we've got you covered.

We welcome you to appraise your car's value or apply for Nissan financing right here on the Premier Nissan of Metairie website. We look forward to serving you as your local auto dealer soon and introducing you to all of the high-tech and innovative features of the new Nissan LEAF electric vehicles for sale.

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