2013 Nissan Leaf
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Best Car Ever

by from Greenville, SC on April 26, 2013

I've had my 2013 SL for two months now and I honestly state that in 20 years of car ownership (including favorites like the Accord and all), this is easily the best. It's so fun to drive. I literally ...
I've had my 2013 SL for two months now and I honestly state that in 20 years of car ownership (including favorites like the Accord and all), this is easily the best. It's so fun to drive. I literally go out almost every night to put miles on it just because it's so fun. The features are excellent, the handling is spritely and agile. It can be economy or Performance oriented (I enjoy trying to see how efficient I can get it... if you get the optional nav system with touch screen, the gauges are really neat). It's fun to see where you stand on the Leaderboard against other Leafsters. Lease deals are fantastic, especially with the 7500 tax credit cooked in. Don't believe me, try one. Ignore the pros who knock it. They're just afraid of what they don't understand. Not having to worry about starters, cranking, alternators, spark plugs, gasoline, distributors, fuel injectors, exhaust systems, catalytic converters, etc. is such a liberating feeling. Ask any Leaf owner and I *know* they'll agree. If you can afford, splurge and go with the SL with the 17" wheels. much better looking and the extra features are well worth it!
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Did not deliver the advertised ranges

by from Athen, GA on January 29, 2014

We owned the Leaf for just over a year and recently traded it back in for a new end of year close out 2013 Sentra. We absolutely loved the idea of the Leafs intent and were very pleased with everythin...
We owned the Leaf for just over a year and recently traded it back in for a new end of year close out 2013 Sentra. We absolutely loved the idea of the Leafs intent and were very pleased with everything about it but two; the driving distance did not deliver as advertised and the heater was very slow to warm. We noticed after charging to a typical 85-90 top-off we would lose about 30 miles range within a very short distance (10 miles or so) thus eliminating a third average of our expected traveling abilities. Then you had to be sure of charging again by the time you had 20 miles remaining just to be safe on the next days outings. We recently took a plotted 33 mile round trip in town and with 60 miles left on the indicator made it back home with a close call of 3 miles remaining which indicates roughly half the actual range. And yes we were in Eco, coasting when possible, braking, and running no heat even though it was on a cold December night. During the course of ownership it was easy to notice the gauge actually drop several miles in range after going only an estimated quarter mile. Again, the only other issue was the heater did not produce instant heat as one would expect being an all electric vehicle. My wife would have to put a blanket over her legs when going a mere 8 miles to work. By the time she hit the parking lot only then did the heat really start producing. Strange when considering our car is in a warm and closed in garage. Even so this should not have even been a factor when its all electric. Everything else about the car was pleasant. Because we lost so much of the indicated charge so soon (1/3 average) we gave it a personal rating of 7 on a scale of 1-10 on this basis alone. This was to big a hit regarding our daily commuting abilities to give it a better rating. I suppose the slow heater process would garner another point if we wanted to be really critical. If only the Leaf could give about twice the advertised range (with more accuracy) would it be really worth it. All said we are much happier with the Sentra and its unrestrained limitations of travel nor do I have to worry that my wife may end up stranded due to its unpredictable driving range. And with the Sentra getting 30 city and 40 hwy, a very economical compromise in the end.
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WOW Never Thought I'd Love it So Much

by from Chapel Hill TN on April 11, 2015

I was surprised to love the Leaf as much as I do. I was concerned with range but find it has not been a problem. In 2 weeks I have put on more than 700 miles for about $20.00. No problems getting to a...
I was surprised to love the Leaf as much as I do. I was concerned with range but find it has not been a problem. In 2 weeks I have put on more than 700 miles for about $20.00. No problems getting to and from any of my normal destinations Good amount of charging stations around even though I live in rural area. Car handles great drives well in dry or wet weather. Very comfortable and fits me great. I am 5'5" and the seats feel like they are made for me. At 55 I did not think I ever wanted all the technology (back up camera... Navi... etc). I find I really like these features and use them often. DO NOT Hesitate to buy one you will be very happy you did!.
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Best all electric for the money

by from Puget Sound on August 1, 2014

I was really reluctant to convert to all electric. Range was a concern and acceleration at highway speed. My range is very predictable and accurate. Use of ac, heating and defrost impact as with gas ...
I was really reluctant to convert to all electric. Range was a concern and acceleration at highway speed. My range is very predictable and accurate. Use of ac, heating and defrost impact as with gas cars. But, the dashboard indicator is almost spot on. Also use the "B" setting as it sets up dynamic braking ( charging) when the car coasts downhill. What is most impressive is the acceleration. Love it when somebody is at a stop signal and revving. Just floor the Leaf...no hesitation and you are gone. Well that isn't my greatest compliment to this car. My real love is its ability to accelerate at highway speed. The Prius (we tried one a few years ago...may be improved since then) was gutless at speed. I floored it and waited for it to anemicaly spool up....dangerous if you need to get out of harms way. The Leaf? O my goodness, it just takes off even at 70 mph. Living in the Puget Sound may make a difference in ranging as we don't have the temperature ranging that upper Midwest, Pennsylvania and Florida do. We also have some high power DC units in case I want to add range. We still have our Accord for long trips and second car. Traded in my Oddysey for a 3yr lease on the Leaf and cut my monthly pmts in half and no gas anymore. Average 4.5 miles per KW and full cost of a KWH is 9.5 cents. Home charger unit was $600 plus 1/2 hr cost for an electrician. Very comfortable for 6'1" and 5'1" drivers. No gas cost. Great acceleration. Good ride. Less interior road noise than an Accord. 3yr lease...no down.. means we can be ready for all the next improvements...or walk away.
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Crushed my leaf yesterday

by from Grand Rapids, MI on March 24, 2014

Crushed my leaf yesterday. T-boned on passenger side by car that was going well over the speed limit of 25. Side airbags deployed. Passenger cabin a few inches smaller than it was at the start of the ...
Crushed my leaf yesterday. T-boned on passenger side by car that was going well over the speed limit of 25. Side airbags deployed. Passenger cabin a few inches smaller than it was at the start of the day. One scrapped elbow, no other injuries. My three teens and I walked away. Love my leaf! Hope the shop can fix it!
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Making it easy to go green

by from San Luis Obispo, CA on May 29, 2013

EVs are the wave of the future but for most folks it may seem too early to ride this swell. The Leaf, however, makes the transition from gas to electric a pleasurable experience. The right combination...
EVs are the wave of the future but for most folks it may seem too early to ride this swell. The Leaf, however, makes the transition from gas to electric a pleasurable experience. The right combination of performance, comfort, value, and style makes it easy to go green. I do have a second car (a minivan) for longer trips and larger payloads, but for my daily commute and running errands around town, the Leaf, with its 80 mile range between charges, is perfect.
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2013 Nissan LEAF

by from Chandler, AZ on May 30, 2014

This is a great car to lease. It runs on less than $1 of electric to go as far as a gallon of gas. We never have to stop at a gas station or get a tune up or OIL change.
This is a great car to lease. It runs on less than $1 of electric to go as far as a gallon of gas. We never have to stop at a gas station or get a tune up or OIL change.
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AWESOME!!!

by from Los Angeles, California on March 12, 2014

The only thing I can say is that my 2013 Leaf is the best car I have ever owned!! Talk is talk. Reviews are only words. Owning it and driving it is the only way to know how absolutely amazing and revo...
The only thing I can say is that my 2013 Leaf is the best car I have ever owned!! Talk is talk. Reviews are only words. Owning it and driving it is the only way to know how absolutely amazing and revolutionary it is! The true review cannot be written in words. You will need to drive it and own it to truly understand.
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New experance

by from Junction City,OR on August 30, 2013

It is nice to not have to pay the high prices for fuel. The upkeep is a plus no spark plugs and oil changes very low maintenance costs.I am very satisfied with the LEAF.
It is nice to not have to pay the high prices for fuel. The upkeep is a plus no spark plugs and oil changes very low maintenance costs.I am very satisfied with the LEAF.
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Exceptional economical vehicle

by from Cary, NC on September 4, 2013

Have been owning hybrids since 2004 and liked the very good mileage and performance. After researching the Electric Vehicles (EVs) I was impressed with the low cost of the Nissan Leaf with the governm...
Have been owning hybrids since 2004 and liked the very good mileage and performance. After researching the Electric Vehicles (EVs) I was impressed with the low cost of the Nissan Leaf with the government rebate and low sticker price. Found a dealer in Durham NC (Michael Jordan Nissan) that worked with me to get the best trade in possible for my Insight. The Leaf has a very comfortable interior with an instrument layout that provides ease of access and lots of information. Did not get more expensive model with Navigation System, but will the next time. Compared to my previous cars this one drives exceptionally smoothly with very good performance in the city and on the highway. Very responsive acceleration and steering. Lots of room for its smaller size too. Easy to hook up the charger and can get a full days driving without a recharge. Plug it in to a 110 Volt line and fully charges overnight. It has the super charger package included so when the quick charge stations become more available it will recharge in an hour. Believe people will be amazed how nice this EV is and an excellent buy.
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