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2013 Nissan Leaf

2013 Nissan Leaf

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Saving BIG with Nissan Leaf

by from Ambler, PA on March 25, 2013

We are thrilled with our total electric Nissan Leaf and the BIG savings on fuel, maintenance AND most importantly, the environment. The cost to recharge is PENNIES compared to gas prices. This EV is e...
We are thrilled with our total electric Nissan Leaf and the BIG savings on fuel, maintenance AND most importantly, the environment. The cost to recharge is PENNIES compared to gas prices. This EV is extraordinary! Economic, fast, efficient, and an amazingly smooth and quiet ride, also attractive, comfortable and roomy interior. Kicking stereo, heated seats are standard -- all the comforts and features of comparable gas fuel models, only cleaner with no carbon emissions! We are saving money AND the environment (19.8 pounds of carbon emissions per gallon of gas burned, to be precise). PLUS, a fully charged battery can run the electric on your home if needed. Range is 100 miles, so day to day local driving and commuting is easy. Easy to recharge at home or on the road. Free phone app gives locations of all recharging stations available. Long trips require some planning to stop to recharge, but with the growing number of mandated charge stations along interstates and toll roads, and community businesses, schools and municipalities installing charge stations-- along with a network of EV owners who offer free charges at their home residences -- a longer road trip is possible and doable. It's the future of the automotive industry and driving, we feel like the "Jetsons" driving our Nissan Leaf.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

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Is your commute 50 miles/more? Prius is better pic

by from Escondido on September 4, 2014

Cannot recommend this vehicle after 18 months and 19K miles ownership due to excessive loss of range over time (about 1% loss of battery capacity / range for every month of ownership) depending on how...
Cannot recommend this vehicle after 18 months and 19K miles ownership due to excessive loss of range over time (about 1% loss of battery capacity / range for every month of ownership) depending on how fast one drives and how fast one recharges the vehicle. In both cases the faster you go the less you'll get from a leaf. Range issues are simply Not covered under current battery warranty from Nissan Motors. They consider 50 miles "normal". SOMEONE PLEASE TELL THIS TO OUR SALESMAN! A/C is worthless! Heater isn't much better. And frankly I have yet to use heated steering wheel. Just give me better range, a battery that last more than a few years, and MUCH less range anxiety.
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Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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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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Works great to 100 mile range !

by from Chicago on July 1, 2015

I love this car. It goes 100 miles in the summer if you drive it very cautiously. If you only go 40 mile round trip its fine. In the winter when its 0 or 5 above it goes about 60 miles. But its is rea...
I love this car. It goes 100 miles in the summer if you drive it very cautiously. If you only go 40 mile round trip its fine. In the winter when its 0 or 5 above it goes about 60 miles. But its is really for short trips and it is very cheap to run. 100 miles in the summer costs about $3 in Chicago.
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Some issues with Nissan

by from Berkeley CA on June 4, 2014

Some things to be aware of with a Leaf: 1) This car does NOT come with a spare tire or anywhere to put one. When you get a flat tire, which you will, given that the very lightweight tires pop at the s...
Some things to be aware of with a Leaf: 1) This car does NOT come with a spare tire or anywhere to put one. When you get a flat tire, which you will, given that the very lightweight tires pop at the slightest brush with a curb, you are stuck getting a tow truck. 2) The "free roadside assistance" means that they will tow you ONLY to a Nissan Dealer nearby. Not to any other repair shop. 3) The charging timer on the 2013 model does not have an "on" time, only an "off time" so you can't set the timer to start charging during an off peak electricity time- you have to manually start the charging. I am sure there are other unfortunate surprises I will discover as I own and drive my car longer but, despite the upsides of this car, these little omissions and outright lies from the dealer really add up to a bad experience with the car itself.
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Does not recommend this car

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Save money - a perfect Commuter's vehicle

by from Newport Beach, CA on May 15, 2013

This is a no-compromises car. It drives great! I drove a 2004 Prius for 225,000 miles, and this has much better acceleration on the freeway, especially when going up hills! Electricity is so much che...
This is a no-compromises car. It drives great! I drove a 2004 Prius for 225,000 miles, and this has much better acceleration on the freeway, especially when going up hills! Electricity is so much cheaper than gas, even when moving from a car that gets almost 50MPG. It's about half the cost per mile, at $4 per gallon for gas (and gasoline will certainly be going up, not down). If you get 25MPG now, it's 1/4 the price per mile! I can easily drive 70 miles per day and charge at home overnight with a level 2 charger (240v). They are working on installing some chargers at my work, which will cut the cost even more. The lease prices now are amazingly low! You should definitely consider adding a quick-charge package. Quick-chargers are awesome! You can add up to 4 miles per minute (until you reach 80% charge, it slows down at that point). Compare that with about adding 6 miles per HOUR at 110v (which would be fine at work if they let you plug in all day). These quick-chargers are starting to be deployed now. Obviously, this car is not for long trips, but it is perfect for commuting! Don't forget that in California you can get stickers to ride in the carpool lane by yourself until the end of 2014, and the state will give you $2,500 for leasing or buying one (until that money pool runs out). Even if you don't believe in "Global Warming," there is a good reason to lease or buy this car - you will save tons of $$$.
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awesome EV

by from SCal on June 5, 2015

Nissan Leaf is pretty amazing, now my BMWs are sitting in the garage gathering dust. The Leaf is for those who can manage range a little bit. It beats being victimized by outrageous gas prices and the...
Nissan Leaf is pretty amazing, now my BMWs are sitting in the garage gathering dust. The Leaf is for those who can manage range a little bit. It beats being victimized by outrageous gas prices and the thought of sending our best and bravest to keep the Strait of Hormuz opened and the fat cats executive at major Exon Mobil cartel looking at us through their pumps give me cringes.The Leaf can zoom past most 4 cylinders and some 6 but the advantage diminishes when speed increases. High Speed drains battery exponentially. The range is borderline for me but with Chademo (quick charge) popping up all over to get recharged in 30mins helps. I can add range with Inginer after market battery to extend range but would have to carry dead battery weight to cover that 20% range probability. When that opportunity rolls around I let loose the X5, 128i driving, thinking, I miss my Leaf. When braking, screaming, I need a regenerative motor. To go 90 miles and pay $2.50 for gas equivalent feels like robbing a bank with license, love that feeling.
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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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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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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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