We gave the Coda Sedan electric vehicle decent enough marks when we took an early prototype for a Quick Spin last year. It looks like the performance-minded folks at Edmunds's Inside Line weren't so charitable, however.

Inside Line found that the EV, which started deliveries in March, beat the competing Nissan Leaf in both 0-to-60 miles per hour acceleration time (9.7 vs. 10.2 seconds) and quarter-mile time (14.6 vs. 17.5 seconds). Not too surprising, since the Coda has more horsepower than the Leaf. It also costs a few thousand more.

That's the good news. The bad news is that Inside Line found the Sedan's tire noise "remarkably loud," discovered the brakes weren't great (and got radically worse with successive stops) and said its vehicle control system, which cuts power and applies the brakes when the car is about to go into a slide, was "crude."

In March, the US Environmental Protection Agency said the Coda Sedan has a single-charge range of 88 miles, about 15 miles more than the Leaf. Los Angeles-based Coda says the EV can get up to 125 miles from a full battery pakc.


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      Dave D
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, who would have thunk it...from a car that looks like an ugly 1992 Sentra. LOL
      SVX pearlie
      • 2 Years Ago
      Low quality and lack of refinement? You get what you pay for. Hell, the Koreans sold a lot of sh!tboxes under the premise of "pay less"
        Spec
        • 1 Day Ago
        @SVX pearlie
        Yeah . . . Coda did drop the price a bit and has a big battery in there for the price. But . . . that is a lot of money for a car and I guess I'd be a bit worried about the long-term picture. Of course who am I to talk? I picked up a Think City . . . a car from an already bankrupt company. But the net amount I paid was pretty low such if things go sour, I'm not out much money on it. (And actually, they just provided a free heater upgrade and a firmware upgrade that increased the speed of the car. I'm very very happy with the little Think City right now.)
          Marcopolo
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Spec
          @ Spec, At a cheap enough price, and if a Th!nk meets your needs, it's not a bad little car. Congratulations on buying an EV !
          Grendal
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Spec
          Now it can go 30 MPH? :) Just kidding. Congrats on your new EV purchase.
      bluepongo1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wouldn't wish this POS on a troll.
      Grendal
      • 2 Years Ago
      Almost every comment at Inside Line was negative with a few resigned neutral comments thrown in. Yikes but everyone seems to hate this car. Personally I'm in the resigned neutral category myself. It sure isn't improving the perception of EV's in the world but I suppose it's another choice for those wanting an EV.
      ev_ftw
      • 1 Day Ago
      Quarter mile was 17.4 not the "not so terrible" 14.6 above...
      Thereminator
      • 1 Day Ago
      The brakes got radically worse with successive stops!?! Must be a new "auto adjust" feature from the folks at Last Minute Engineering...the future is HERE! : )
      ferps
      • 2 Years Ago
      the best that this company can hope for is that someone else will buy them out in order to have a "compliance car" without having to develop it themselves.
        Dave
        • 1 Day Ago
        @ferps
        AFAIK, this is Coda's first car. You gotta crawl before you can walk. Who knows - their next car could be great.
          Thereminator
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Dave
          Uhhhh...Yeah,that's what popped into my mind after reading about this car...crawling and walking.
      SVX pearlie
      • 1 Day Ago
      It's more like a Corolla. I've actually seen one in SoCal. Benz B-klasse FCV, too...
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