(4.5) 30 reviews
MSRP: $4,505$10,953
Body Style: Hatchback
Combined MPG: 100
Engine: 107-hp, (electric)
Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
Transmission: 1-speed automatic
2011 Nissan Leaf

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

2 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.