Never uses a drop of gas; longest range to date; available luxury equipment; drives just like a normal car
Even at its peak, range is less than 90 miles; long-term reliability is uncertain; performance may leave something to be desired
All Leaf trims now feature three drive modes: Normal, Eco and B-mode, with the latter employing a more aggressive use of the regenerative braking system. SV and SL trims receive hands-free text-message assistance and voice destination entry. The SV trim also receives new 17-inch alloy wheels.
Before drivers consider a Leaf, they should decide whether it fits their lifestyle. Many car owners need to travel more than 100 miles at a time, and others don't have access to a charging station. Some will want more performance. But if the Leaf fits your lifestyle, it's hard to ignore the major savings that comes with driving a car that doesn't require fuel. That's especially true with the Leaf's low lease rates and available federal tax credits. For drivers who do choose a Leaf, we recommend a mid-level SV model; it has all the luxury that you'll need, plus the new 6.6-kW on-board charger.Find aNissan Leaf for sale
Nissan offers the Leaf in three trim levels: S, SV and SL.
The Leaf S ($28,860) includes Nissan's Intelligent Key system, which allows drivers to open the doors and start the car without removing the key from a pocket or purse. It also includes heated front and rear seats, Bluetooth, split folding rear seats, a rear backup camera, a CD player with USB and auxiliary connections, and a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel. Other standard features include power windows, power locks, power mirrors, 16-in steel wheels with full covers, automatic temperature control, a rear defroster and a vehicle security system. Optional on the Leaf S and standard on the other trim levels is the 6.6-kW charger that speeds up charge times.
The Leaf SV ($32,950) adds 17-in alloy wheels, a navigation system, the 6.6-kW charger, and Nissan's CARWINGS system, which allows drivers to use a smartphone to check their battery charge remotely or even activate the Leaf's climate-control system. SV models also add audio controls and cruise control to the steering wheel, along with Pandora Internet Radio capability. Seats are upgraded to a partially recycled cloth seat fabric. Options for the SV include a Quick Charge package (with a 220-volt quick-charge port, LED head lamps and fog lights) and a Premium Package that brings the Around View Monitor and a Bose audio system.
The Leaf SL ($35,970) includes the 220-volt fast-charge port, leather seats and automatic LED headlights. Options for the SL include the Premium package mentioned above.
Nissan also offers a number of port- and dealer-installed options such as the Eco Design, Protection and Recycling/Organizational packages.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||3 Years/Unlimited Miles|
Chevrolet Volt -- The plug-in hybrid Volt is among the Leaf's biggest competitors. Although it isn't fully electric, the Volt can be operated in electric mode for around 30 miles before its gas engine kicks in.
Ford Focus Electric -- Based on the Ford Focus hatchback, the Focus Electric has a similar range as the Leaf, though its $36,000 base price is much higher.
Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid -- The Prius Plug-in operates much like the Volt. While the Prius Plug-in is priced higher than the Leaf, it offers more room and -- thanks to its gasoline engine -- more range.