Nissan Leaf Adds Efficient Bose Stereo

Nissan's Leaf will be the second car, after the Chevrolet Volt, to get Bose's Energy Efficient audio series. The system debuted in 2010, and Bose says it's 30% smaller, 40% lighter and uses half the energy versus a comparable Bose system. With seven speakers, including a subwoofer, the system will be newly optional in the Leaf SE and SL.

Bose is a longtime Nissan audio supplier; the automaker says collaborations on in-vehicle audio began nearly 25 years ago. The Bose stereo in our long-term Chevrolet Volt left us with mixed impressions; some editors liked it while others didn't. But the six-speaker system in our long-term 2011 Leaf was unremarkable, so we'd like to think Bose would be an improvement.

Of course, every interior has different acoustics, and those often-compared stereo specs — speakers, wattage — mean very little. Our editorial team has no shortage of audiophiles, so we'll take a listen once we get seat time in the 2013 Leaf and let you know.

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