29 reviews
2011 Nissan Leaf
2011 Nissan Leaf
Available Price Range $4,528-$11,184 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 100 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2011 Nissan Leaf

Our Take

The 2011 Nissan Leaf is the nation's first purely battery-electric mass-market consumer vehicle. Its slow rollout starts with Arizona, California, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington in December 2010. Hawaii and Texas will get theirs in January. Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, Virgi... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • High floor in backseat
  • Range varies with temperature, terrain
  • Charger installation can be pricey
  • Slow rollout
  • Limited public charging infrastructure
  • Resale value a mystery

Notable Features

  • Pure battery-electric car
  • Five-seat compact hatchback
  • 100-mile range (estimated)
  • 95 mph top speed
  • Programmable charge time
  • Buy or lease


Our Expert Reviews

Ask me which test cars I've driven lately and I'll hem and haw while I wrack my brain, searching for something memorable. That's what would've happened before I drove the purely electric 2011 Nissan Leaf, anyhow. After driving the 2011 Nissan Leaf, I could dominate a coffee klatch, raving about its great driving experience and the unexpected emotional enlightenment I got f... Read full review for the 2011 Nissan Leaf

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Welcome to the 21st Century!

by StellarRat from Salem OR on April 27, 2012

I've had my 2011 Leaf for a month now. It's my only vehicle. I admit that I REALLY had to think about whether or not to buy this car because of the range limitations, but after analyzing my driving ha... Read Full Review


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Great news! There are currently no known recalls on 2011 Nissan Leaf.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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