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2012 Nissan Leaf Hatchback

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2012 Nissan Leaf Hatchback

Benefits of Driving a 2012 Nissan Leaf Hatchback

Nissan has broken new ground with the LEAF, which is the company's first all-electric subcompact. Unlike the Tesla roadster or smart electric, this electric car has room for five, and it's being built on a much more massive scale. With a reported MSRP of $35,200, it offers pure, practical full-electric vehicle driving more affordable than the nearest competitor, the Chevrolet Volt, which stickers at over $39,100.

What's new for 2012?

The Nissan LEAF is the first all-electric car available to the mass U.S. market. Introduced as a new vehicle in 2011, it ventures into 2012 virtually unchanged.

Model Strengths

  • All-electric powertrain, 100-mile nominal range on an 8-hour charge, driving characteristics of a regular gasoline-powered car

Model Review

The Nissan LEAF is the first all-electric vehicle to be built on a large scale by a major automakers. Unlike the Chevrolet Volt or Toyota Prius, the LEAF runs on electric power only, with four doors and room for five. Two trim levels are available: the SV and up-market SL.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Back-Up Camera Std
Handsfree Wireless Std

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
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2012 Nissan Leaf Hatchback

4dr HB SL

Engine

Engine Type Electric
Horsepower 107 @ - TBD - RPM
Torque (lb-ft) 207 @ - TBD - RPM

Drivetrain

Driven Wheels FWD

Wheels

Rims 16 x - TBD - in.
Tires P205/55R16

Interior Space

Seating Capacity 5 adults
Front Headroom/Legroom 41.2 in. / 42.1 in.
Rear Headroom/Legroom 37.3 in. / 31.1 in.
Luggage/Cargo Space cubic ft.

Dimensions

Wheelbase 106.3 in.
Curb Weight 3401 lb.
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2012 Nissan Leaf Hatchback

4dr HB SL

Comfort

Air Conditioning Standard
Bluetooth, Hands-Free Standard
Climate Control Standard
Front Bucket Seats Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard
Heated Driver Seat Standard

Convenience

Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard
Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Auxiliary Power Outlet Standard
Cruise Control Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard
Keyless Start Standard
Navigation System Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard
Power Steering Standard
Power Windows Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard
Trip Computer Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard
CD Player Standard
MP3 Player Standard
Satellite Radio Standard

Exterior

Rear Spoiler Standard