Nissan LEAF

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Pure Electric

EV=107mi
Range

Seats 5

24ft3 Cargo

L=175
W=69.7
H=61

30kWh Battery

The 1st Nissan Leaf was sold in December 2010, which makes the model line more than 6 years old. Until very recently – when the Tesla Model S and Model X, Chevrolet Bolt and Volt and Ford Fusion Energi began cutting into its sales – the well-equipped, all-electric 5-seat hatchback was the top selling EV worldwide. Considered one of the most important cars of the 21st century, it established a high bar for all the electric vehicles that followed. More than 250,000 Leafs have been sold to date; it is by far the highest-volume pure electric ever built. Sales have dropped off with news that the Next Gen Nissan Leaf, with a range of 230+ miles to match the Bolt and Tesla models, will be out before the end of 2017, or in early 2018. That being the case, Nissan dealerships are offering excellent prices on model 2017 Leafs.

The most significant news for this year's model is that the 30-kilowatt-hour battery pack introduced for the 2016 model year is now standard on all 3 Leaf trim levels – S, SV and SL. Previously it was only available on SV and SL models. This 30kWh battery pack provides the 2017 Leaf with 107 pure electric miles. An interesting fact: by improving the cell structure of the battery pack, the 30 kWh battery is the same physical size as the previous 24 kWh battery. That's good news, as the battery pack doesn't intrude into the car's passenger and cargo spaces, staying hidden below the floor. All Leafs continue to use regenerative braking and an 80-kilowatt (107-horsepower) electric motor producing 187 pound-feet of torque. Drive is to the front wheels, and the Leaf has an EPA efficiency rating of 126/101 city/highway and 112 MPGe combined.

Model S comes with a 3.6-kW onboard charger, Models SV and SL come equipped with DC fast charging ports as well. A full charge from a 240 volt Level 2 charger takes around 7 hours. Nissan's most distinctive characteristic is its unique shape – the car's inspired designers created an aero-driven body to promote energy savings. The headlamps that stick out like bug eyes do so to sweep air around the front fascia to reduce aerodynamic drag. Halogen headlights, a charge door that opens with Nissan Intelligent Key®, Push Button Start, Bluetooth, Cruise Control, heated front seats, a 5-inch color audio display, a USB Connection Port for iPod interface or other compatible devices, 16-inch wheels, automatic climate control, a rearview camera are standard on Model S. SV adds 17-inch alloy wheels, the NissanConnect infotainment system and a 7-inch touchscreen with navigation, heated exterior mirrors and a heated steering wheel. Top-of-the-line Model S offers a photovoltaic solar panel on the rear spoiler (yes, it actually does help charge the battery!), leather seats and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

Leaf is eco-conscious: 60% of the plastic in its interior is already recycled material – much of it comes from used water bottles. 99% of the Leaf’s 3375-lb weight is recyclable. Reviewers like its relatively spacious (for an EV), ergonomically designed interior and its easy to understand controls. Edmunds reviewers say: "Few will complain about the Nissan Leaf's smooth ride and nicely shaped leather (SL only) seats. But the thing that stands out is what's nearly absent: noise. The electric motor goes about its business in silence, and there isn't much road rumble or wind noise either." The five-seater hatchback is roomy, functional and, most importantly, easy to use.

Both CURRENT EV founders chose Leafs to be their first electric vehicles and were extremely satisfied. Neither Leaf had any serious mechanical issues and more than lived up to their owner's expectations. The EV has Nissan’s highest customer satisfaction rating, beating all its other models. Over 95% of Leaf drivers are happy with their car. The Leaf’s lithium-ion batteries come with an 8-year, 100,000-mile warranty. Pricing for the 2017 Nissan Leaf starts at $31,545 for the Leaf S, the addition of the 30-kWh battery pack having pushed that model over the $30,000 barrier. The MSRP is considerably dropped by government incentives, which include a Federal tax credit of $7500 and a California State rebate of $2500. The Nissan Leaf is eligible for HOV stickers in California.


Specs

Performance:

  • 80 kW AC synchronous electric motor
  • 30 kWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery
  • 3.6 kW onboard charger
  • Portable trickle-charge cable (110—120 V)
  • Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV)
  • Single-speed reduction gear
  • Regenerative braking system, Front and rear ventilated disc brakes
  • 4-wheel ABS
  • 1-speed direct drive transmission
  • Independent strut front suspension with coil springs, Torsion bar axle rear suspension with coil springs
  • Front and rear stabilizer bars
  • Vehicle-speed-sensitive electric power steering
  • 16" Steel wheels

Interior:

  • Nissan Intelligent Key with Push Button Start
  • Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System
  • Heated front seats
  • RearView Monitor
  • Automatic Temperature Control (ATC)
  • Cruise control
  • Electric power steering
  • Keyless ignition, hands-free entry
  • Backup camera
  • Tilt-adjustable steering wheel
  • Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel
  • Climate control
  • Dual vanity mirrors
  • Child seat anchors
  • Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation, Dual front side-mounted airbags, front and rear head airbags
  • Engine immobilizer
  • Remote anti-theft alarm system
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure monitoring
  • Traction control
  • Emergency braking assist
  • Rear center 3-point belt
  • Rear door child safety locks
  • 60/40 Split-folding rear seatback
  • 1 one-touch power window
  • Heated mirrors
  • Compass
  • External temperature display
  • Trip computer
  • Destination Download, Destination guidance (also Turn-by-Turn Navigation)
  • Palm-shift drive selector
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Brake Assist
  • Tilt steering column
  • Cruise control with steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Front variable intermittent windshield wipers, Rear intermittent wiper with washer
  • Center console storage
  • Rear window defroster
  • Auxiliary 12-volt DC power outlet
  • 5.0" Color Display Audio, AM/FM stereo, satellite radio, 3 Months of provided satellite radio service, MP3/WMA CD playback capability , Four speakers, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio with 3-month trial subscription, Auxiliary audio input jack
  • USB connection port for iPod® interface and other compatible devices
  • Steering-wheel-mounted audio controls
  • Spiral roof antenna
  • Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt and occupant classification sensors
  • Driver and front-passenger seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags, Roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection, 3-point seat belts for all seating positions, ALR/ELR seat belt system for all passenger seating positions (ELR for driver’s seat), Front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)
  • Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Front-seat height-adjustable head restraints
  • Rear-seat height-adjustable headrests
  • LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children)
  • Child-safety rear door locks
  • Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones
  • Energy-absorbing steering column
  • Pipe-style steel side-door guard beams
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with Easy-Fill Tire Alert
  • Nissan Vehicle Immobilizer System
  • Vehicle Security System

Exterior:

  • Aerodynamic halogen headlights, Auto delay off headlights, Dusk-sensing headlights, Front fog/driving lights
  • Rear spoiler
  • Aerodynamic underbody cover
  • One-touch rear hatch release
  • Body-color heated outside mirrors
  • Body-color front and rear bumpers
  • Chrome door handles
  • Unique Zero Emission exterior badging
  • Front UV-reducing solar glass
  • Charge port with light and loc
  • One-touch rear hatch release
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