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Nissan Takes Aim at Mini, Trims Leaf EV Base Price

Nissan has chopped more than $4,000 from the base price of its Leaf electric car for the 2022 model year, making the hatchback the least expensive new EV on the market (for now).

The 2022 Leaf S starts at $27,400, or $28,375, with a mandatory $975 destination charge factored in. That buys a Leaf with the lowest-capacity battery, a 40-kWh lithium-ion pack that delivers an estimated 149 miles of electric range. All in, the base 2022 Leaf boasts the lowest Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of any Leaf ever, besting the $29,730 price Nissan charged back in 2013.

Stepping up to the Leaf S Plus for an additional $5,000 buys a 62-kWh battery, amping up the range to an estimated 226 miles.

No matter what, that’s a lot cheaper than last year’s Leaf, and many buyers will qualify for as much as $7,500 in federal incentives that, conveniently, nudge the car’s price to an easily-advertised $19,900 (or $20,875 with that pesky destination charge).

The price cuts apply to all versions of the Leaf lineup. For 2021, the range-topping Leaf SL Plus cost nearly $45,000 with its high-capacity battery, leather upholstery, Bose audio system, and active safety features. The 2022 version checks in at just $38,350 with destination charges.

All those changes add up to a more affordable EV than the $30,750 Mini Cooper SE — and that model delivers a comparatively unimpressive 110-mile range on a full charge. See Nissan Leaf models for sale


Andrew Ganz
Andrew Ganz
Andrew Ganz is an author specializing in helping in-market consumers get the most bang for their buck -- and the best car, while they're at it. When not virtually shopping for new and used cars, Andrew can probably be found under the hood of a vintage classic that's rapidly losing fluids.

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