Vehicle Overview

The Nissan Leaf is a purely battery-electric mass-market car. With no onboard range-extending generator like the Chevrolet Volt's, the Leaf has an EPA-estimated range of 75 miles before it needs to be recharged. A five-seat compact four-door hatchback, the Leaf is eligible for federal and state tax incentives. Competitors include the Ford Focus Electric and Mitsubishi i.
New for 2014
A backup camera is now standard across the lineup.
Exterior Highlights

  • Standard 16-inch steel wheels with covers; 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels available
  • Rear spoiler
  • Locking and lighted charge port on nose of car
  • LED taillights; available LED headlamps
  • Available fog lamps
  • Small solar panel atop the SL's liftgate spoiler trickle-charges 12-volt battery

Interior Highlights

  • Seats five
  • Cloth upholstery; leather-trimmed seats available
  • 60/40-split folding backseat
  • Front and rear heated seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • CD stereo with MP3 jack and iPod connectivity
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Dash screen shows range and energy usage
  • Available Pandora integration for iPhone
  • Available navigation system has an Eco Route mode that suggests energy-saving routes

Under the Hood

  • 107-horsepower electric motor
  • Front-wheel drive
  • 24-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack
  • 3.6-kilowatt onboard charger recharges car in seven hours on 240 volts or 21 hours on 120 volts
  • Available 6.6-kW onboard charger cuts charging time to four hours at 240 volts
  • Available direct current quick-charge port can recharge battery to 80 percent capacity in about 30 minutes

Safety Features

  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system 
  • Traction control
  • Backup camera
  • Lithium-ion battery pack disconnects upon airbag deployment, water intrusion