2012 Coda Sedan Priced at $37,250

Coda Electric Sedan

The 2012 Coda electric sedan finally went on sale in California this week with a starting price of $37,250, excluding an $895 destination fee. The pricing is a significant drop from earlier estimates of $44,900, though it’s still more expensive than the 2012 Nissan Leaf, which starts at $35,200. The Coda qualifies for California's $2,500 EV rebate and the federal government's $7,500 tax credit, giving the sedan a possible $27,250 price tag.

The model now on sale is slightly smaller and less powerful than the one that Coda showed off originally, according to Consumer Reports.

For the price, you get an electric motor making 134 horsepower and 221 pounds-feet of torque that's mated to a single-speed transmission. The electric motor is capable of an electronically limited 85 mph and can be charged in six hours with a 240-volt charger. The Coda also comes with a 7-inch touch-screen and GPS navigation standard.

The 31-kilowatt/hour lithium-ion-phosphate battery pack gives the Coda an EPA-estimated range of 88 miles on a single charge. That’s better than the Leaf's estimated range of 73 miles.

The Coda is currently available for test drives and purchase in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and Irvine, Calif. More cities will follow.

Coda all-electric car goes on sale in California for $37,250 (Consumer Reports)

By Colin Bird | March 22, 2012 | Comments (8)



Looks like an old Kia Spectra. Blech.


I don't understand why car companies choose to load up their electric vehicles...why not make the touch screen/navi optional and cut a grand off the MSRP?

Max Reid

Dont report the lower winter mileage.

Leaf owners said that it gives 100 miles/charge in summer. So Coda should give around 120 miles/charge.

Good improvement. They also lowered the cost from earlier estimate taking note of Prius Plugin's 32K price tag. Competition is picking up.

Gas prices hit 3.88/gallon, just 10 cents short of 3.98/gallon set last year around peak summer.


Hideous. And overpriced. That’s a lot of cash for an unheard-of and un-tested brand from China. If they wanted to make a real splash, they should find a way to sell it for under $30k.


Did they use suzuki forenzas as a base for this car? Seriously


I agree with J. It really looks like a Forenza...and by the way the Suzuki Forenza was made by GM/Daewoo for Suzuki...


Rich: Coda isn't an "unheard-of and un-tested brand", and the company - notwithstanding dubious propaganda from Greg Autry and Peter Navarro - isn't based in China.



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