Nissan Leaf more efficient than Model 3 on average — and for good reason

The Nissan Leaf was on average more efficient than the Tesla Model 3 in real-world testing, which involved 99 cars, half of which were Nissan Leafs and half of which were Tesla Model 3s.

Between November of last year and March of this year, 500,000 data points of efficiency measurements were gathered, according to research by Recurrent, an EV testing and analysis company.

Nissan Leafs and Tesla Model 3s, which represent about equal groups, were used to highlight an odd phenomenon.

On average, the Leaf group outperformed the Model 3 group in terms of efficiency, achieving 3.7 miles per kWh versus 3.4 miles per kWh.

Prior to examining Recurrent's findings, it is crucial to understand that the Model 3 is one of the most efficient cars, according to many measures and measurement organizations.

The most fuel-efficient car in their database, as measured by's "MPGe" (miles per gallon equivalent) metric, is the Model 3 Standard Range Plus RWD, which had a score of 142 mpge.

In contrast, the 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Electric achieved an mpg rating of 133, the Lucid Air of 131, and the most recent Leaf of 111.

Despite these facts, Recurrent reports that even in bad weather, the Nissan Leaf turned out to be the more efficient vehicle.