|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||MPGe EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2018 Nissan Leaf
|SL Hatchback||Elec 40-kWh||FWD||1A||7.5 sec||15.8 sec @ 87.6 mph||125/100/---- MPGe||Motor Trend|
|SV Hatchback||Elec 40-kWh||FWD||1A||7.4 sec||15.8 sec @ 88 mph||125/100/---- MPGe||Car and Driver|
2016 Nissan Leaf
|SL Hatchback||Elec 80-kW 30-kWh||FWD||1A||10.4 sec||17.9 sec @ 77 mph||124/101/114 MPGe||Car and Driver|
2013 Nissan Leaf
|SL Hatchback||Elec 24-kWh||FWD||1A||10.2 sec||17.7 sec @ 78 mph||129/102/93 MPGe||Car and Driver|
2012 Nissan Leaf
|SL Hatchback||Elec 24-kWh||FWD||1A||9.6 sec||17.3 sec @ 78.8 mph||106/92/---- MPGe||Motor Trend|
2011 Nissan Leaf
|SL Hatchback||Elec 24-kWh||FWD||1A||10.0 sec||17.6 sec @ 78 mph||106/92/97 MPGe||Car and Driver|
|SL Hatchback||Elec 24-kWh||FWD||1A||10.0 sec||17.6 sec @ 77 mph||106/92/82 MPGe||Car and Driver|
|SL Hatchback||Elec 24-kWh||FWD||1A||9.7 sec||17.3 sec @ 79.1 mph||106/92/---- MPGe||Motor Trend|
|SL Hatchback||Elec 24-kWh||FWD||1A||9.4 sec||17.2 sec @ 79 mph||106/92/118 MPGe||Road & Track|
About Nissan Leaf
The Nissan Leaf is an electric vehicle that is getting a lot of mainstream attention thanks to its reasonable price, user-friendliness, and good performance on the road. It is also very roomy and comfortable. Of course, the main attraction of this vehicle is the fact that it does not need gasoline making it a very attractive option for the eco-conscious and everyday commuters.
The Leaf (which stands for leading environmentally-friendly affordable family car) is a relatively young car model having been introduced in Japan and the United States in December of 2010.
Despite its youth, it has gotten a lot of awards. It was the 2011 European Car of the Year, the 2011 World Car of the Year, and the Car of the Year in Japan in 2012. It also won the Green Car Vision Award in 2010.
Here are the specs of the latest Nissan Leaf:
- Engine: AC synchronous electric motor with 24 kWh lithium-ion battery pack
- Power: 107 horsepower
- Torque: 187 pound-feet
- Fuel Economy Ratings: 126 mpg/101 mpg
- Transmission: Automatic
- Drivetrain: Front wheel drive
- Price: $30,000
How does it feel to drive an electric vehicle? Well, let’s say that it can change your perspective on driving. Instead of revving the engine, you’ll be informed by the car itself that it is ready to go. And when you pull away, you might not even notice the light whine from the electric motor. The noise of the engine will only become noticeable or obvious when you put a lot of pressure on the pedal.
When you’re on the road, you will realize that the Leaf is just like any other car. Its initial acceleration is quick due to its torque-rich motor. It offers a very comfy ride, with a controlled handling thanks to its low center of gravity.
When fully charged, the Leaf can travel up to 84 miles. You’d have to wait for 21 hours to fully charge the car on a standard 110 volt household outlet. When hooked up to a 220 volt source, charging should take eight hours. You can also opt for a 6.6 kW onboard charger that reduces charge time to five hours.
You can also go to public charging stations where you can have the battery charged up to 80 percent in less than an hour.
The lack of a noisy engine makes the Nissan Leaf a very quiet car on the road. There are also sound suppressing technologies on board this car like aerodynamic antenna, acoustic front windshield and vortex-shedding body pieces.
Exterior and Interior
The five-door hatchback design of the Nissan Leaf won’t really excite a lot of people, but you will find its lighting treatments interesting. The headlights extend into the body, making it almost as long as the hood. The taillights are also extended in the rear end of the car. And due to the lack of a gas engine, the Leaf has no tailpipe. The charging port is the grille opening in the front.
Go inside the car and you’ll notice that there’s enough room for at five passengers. The rear seats provide up to 24 cubic feet of cargo space. These seats are of the 60/40 folding variety as well.
There’s no traditional shift lever. You’ll have to make do with a small orb for driving. Toggle up to reverse the car, down for drive, and then turn it to the side for neutral. Press the center button to park the car.
The base model, Leaf S, is nicely equipped as it has Bluetooth wireless communication, rearview camera, heated front and rear seats, and four-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system. There’s also a 4.3 inch display to boot.
The mid-range Leaf SV model even has a seven-inch display, six speaker audio system, cruise control, and navigation. The high end Leaf SL has leather seats, LED headlights, solar panel, and remote transceiver.
There’s not a lot of optional equipment, however. Aside from the 6.6 kW onboard charger for faster charging you can also add fog lights, LED headlights and a quick charge port.
If there’s a chink in the armor of the Leaf, it may have to be the fact that it is no longer a Top Safety Pick of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The IIHS gave it a good score on four safety tests—side impact, moderate-overlap front crash, roof strength, and head restraints and seats. But it fared badly on the small overlap front crash test (poor rating).
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives it a four star rating.
The base model of the Nissan Leaf is around $30,000 while the mid-level SV is around $33,000. The high end SL is worth $36,000.
The Leaf competes against the Ford Focus Electric, Chevrolet Volt, and Fiat 500e. However there’s no denying that this is the leader in the electric vehicle market.
For more information about Nissan Leaf, visit the official Nissan website.
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