Automotive Science Group Declares Nissan LEAF Best All Around Performer In Midsize Segment

FEB 9 2015 BY MARK KANE 8

Automotive Science Group Declares Nissan LEAF Best All Around Performer In Midsize Segment

Automotive Science Group Declares Nissan LEAF Best All Around Performer In Midsize Segment

The Automotive Science Group (ASG) announced that the 2015 Nissan LEAF is the BEST ALL-AROUND PERFORMANCE car.

The Japanese EV won against more than 1,400 other Model Year 2015 sold in the North American market.

Additionally, the Nissan LEAF received the BEST ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE title from ASG.

While the Nissan LEAF won the general classification title and the mid-size car category, noteworthy is that the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid is in top five in mid-size cars.

In the compact car category, the winner is the Ford Focus Electric, while the Chevrolet Volt placed fifth.

Tesla Model S leads the full-size car category, while Ford C-Max Energi won the Wagon category.

The 2015 Nissan LEAF is ASGʼs BEST ALL-AROUND PERFORMANCE selection (best combined environmental, social and economic performance) for model year 2015

The 2015 Nissan LEAF is ASGʼs BEST ALL-AROUND PERFORMANCE selection (best combined environmental, social and economic performance) for model year 2015

KEY FINDINGS – CAR AND SUV

The 2015 Nissan LEAF is ASGʼs BEST ALL-AROUND PERFORMANCE selection (best combined environmental, social and economic performance) for model year 2015. ASG assessed more than 1,400 model year 2015 vehicles in the North American market, and the LEAF is our top selection for the second consecutive year.

ASG’s 2015 study also found the Nissan LEAF to hold the smallest life-cycle carbon footprint of any model year 2015 automobile available in the North American market (measured in life-cycle gross energy requirement and greenhouse gas emissions), also earning the 2015 BEST ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE honor. While the electricity mix of the U.S. grid varies by region, the average forecasted mix for 2015 will provide an energy source for the Nissan LEAF that is environmentally preferred over conventional combustion engines. Looking forward, energy forecasts identify a cleaner electricity mix across the U.S. grid, further increasing the environmental benefits of electric technologies in future years.

Looking to conventional technologies, ASGʼs study found the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage to hold the smallest life-cycle carbon footprint of any conventionally powered vehicle in North America, earning the distinguished 2015 BEST ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE honor among all 2015 conventionally powered vehicles. The Mirage was also the top ranked conventionally powered vehicle in our all-around performance assessment, earning the distinguished 2015 BEST ALL-AROUND PERFORMANCE honor among all 2015 conventionally powered vehicles in North America.

From an economic standpoint, the 2015 Chevrolet Spark was found to hold the lowest cost of ownership over a five-year economic forecast, taking into account purchase and operating costs of all model year 2015 automobiles available in the North American market, earning the coveted BEST ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE honor. The 2015 Jeep Patriot was found to hold the lowest cost of ownership among all Crossovers and SUVs, earning the BEST ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE honor over all Crossovers and SUVs for the third year in a row.

The 2015 Mazda CX-5 was the top performer among all Crossovers and SUVs, earning the 2015 BEST ALL-AROUND PERFORMANCE honor, while the 2015 Honda CR-V was found to hold the smallest life-cycle carbon footprint of any model year 2015 Crossover and SUV available in North America, earning the 2015 BEST ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE honor.

From a social performance perspective – considering the rights of those charged with vehicle manufacture and assembly – MINI, BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Ford, Nissan and Honda each produced an award-winning vehicle in class, demonstrating sound corporate social responsibility initiatives.”

Source: Automotive Science Group

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Went to their site to figure out why the Volt was beat out by cars like the Honda Civic Hybrid Sedan, Mitsubishi Mirage DE and Nissan Versa Sedan. One thing I noticed is their gas mileage corresponds in order with what place they are in. It is listed like this. Focus EV: 105 mpg Honda Civic Hybrid: 45 mpg Mitsubishi Mirage: 40 mpg Nissan Versa: 31 mpg Chevy Volt: No information. Just blank So there are many factors they take into account. Fuel efficiency is a prominent one but the Volt has no information to input into this criteria. So how do they give it points for that criteria? Then to make it more confusing some of the cars have a category named Green and Environmental Information of which gas mileage is one of the sub-categories. Others just have only the category Gas Mileage. The Volt has neither. Another is price. The Volt is the most expensive in this segment. But the second most expensive is the winner of this class which is the Focus EV. After looking through the criteria I can’t for the life of me come up with any reason that the Volt didn’t at the very… Read more »

I think we’ll all take he opinions of consumer reports/motortrend/c&d before these whacky claims, jeep patriot being lowest cost of ownership in its category..lol

Love my LEAF! Fun to drive for under a nickel a mile… Mostly off my solar panels. Wonderful handling and great tech.

It is a really smooth ride indeed! My mother has a Peugeot Ion EV and that car is also really nice to drive, although the Nissan Leaf is much better 🙂

I am sure the Leaf is a great car to drive. I have never driven one. Not sure if you ever drove a Volt(guessing not), but I am sure you would also find it “really nice to drive”. Probably better! IMHO….

The Leaf is awesome and so is the Volt. I have driven both and, to me, drive very similarly. I however prefer the bench seat in the Leaf over the back seat in the Volt. I am eager to see the new Volt with the bench seat and longer range. Although it would be hard to let go of my 2012 Leaf.

I have the LEAF and Focus. Both great cars. And yes, I drove the EGolf, Volt, Fiat 500e, etc. The LEAF is very smooth indeed. The Focus is tops in luxury. (Power seat, comfort access,xenons, nav, rear camera, heated seats, leather, etc). But no DCQC.

Unfortunately for folks in metro areas with CHAdeMO or CCS combo chargers it makes no sense to sell a car without fast charging. It is so last generation. Unless you absolutely have more time than money it is absurd to make and market or buy a current model without it.

IM(not so)HO… 😉