2014 Nissan Leaf

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$28,980

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

Hatchback

Body style

114
Combined MPGe Combined MPGe

Miles per gallon-equivalent is how the EPA provides efficiency ratings for battery-electric vehicles in a way that can be used in comparison with gasoline-powered vehicles. Actual mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, driving habits, elevation changes, weather, accessory usage (lights, climate control), vehicle condition and other factors.

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75 mi.
EPA-est. range EPA-est. range

EPA-estimated range is the distance, or predicted distance, a new plug-in vehicle will travel on electric power before its battery charge is exhausted. Actual range will vary depending on driving conditions, driving habits, elevation changes, weather, accessory usage (lights, climate control), vehicle condition and other factors.

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4-8 hrs.
Level 2 charging Level 2 charging

Charge time estimates are based on using a 240-volt charging circuit charging from empty to 100% battery capacity. Level 2 is the fastest way to charge at home, though charging times can vary and are dependent on factors such as the capabilities of the charging circuit, charging equipment and the vehicle’s onboard charger. Level 2 charging time provided by Chrome Data, a JD Power company.

30 mins.
DC fast charging DC fast charging

DC fast charging is the fastest way to charge and only available at pay-for-use public charging stations, though some EVs come with complimentary charging for a limited time. Real-world DC fast charging times can vary greatly, even on the same vehicle, because of this type of charging’s sensitivities to ambient and battery conditions. DC fast charging time provided by Chrome Data, a JD Power company.

24 kWh
Battery capacity Battery capacity

Battery capacity is measured in kilowatt-hours, which is a measure of how much energy is used over time. A 70-kWh battery has more energy capacity than a 50-kWh battery and would result in a longer driving range if all other factors were equal. But more battery capacity doesn’t always mean longer range because of differences in energy consumption from vehicle to vehicle. Battery capacity provided by Chrome Data, a JD Power company.

5

Seating capacity

175” x 61”

Dimensions

Front-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

The good:

  • Drives like a real car
  • Sprightly acceleration
  • Zero tailpipe emissions
  • Low fuel cost
  • Many tax incentives
  • Remote charge control

The bad:

  • High floor in backseat
  • Range varies with temperature, terrain
  • Charger installation can be pricey
  • Limited public charging infrastructure

3 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • S

    $28,980

  • SV

    $32,000

  • SL

    $35,020

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2014 Nissan Leaf trim comparison will help you decide.

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Notable features

  • Newly standard backup camera
  • Available 6.6-kW onboard charger option for faster charging
  • Pure battery-electric car
  • Five-seat compact hatchback

2014 Nissan Leaf review: Our expert's take

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

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior 4.6
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value 4.7
  • Exterior 4.5
  • Reliability 4.9
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Most recent consumer reviews

4.0

Excellent little car for around town

the perfect car for commuting if you don't have to drive long distances. Smooth ride, comfortable seats, has a lot of zip, lots of interior space for a small car. Very economical: electricity is less expensive per mile than gasoline, never needs an oil change or tune up because it has no engine, never needs an emmissions test because it has no emmisions.

5.0

Extremely reliable, quiet, and economical

2014 has a range of 80 miles and charges overnight on a 110 volt circuit. Most quiet car I have ever driven. Nissan lined the entire bottom of the car to reduce road noise. The Nissan Leaf, since it's inception, has developed a reputation for longevity and being very dependable. If you like quickness, this car is very fast.

5.0

This is my dream car!

The Leaf SL is Nissan's top-of-the line Leaf, with many nice features that distinguish it from other trim levels: Bose audio system, leather seating, front-and-back seat heaters, heated leather steering wheel, AroundView Monitor (four-direction “backup” cameras great for close parking situations), 440v Quick Charger port, premium wheels, etc. This is a gem with 11-bars and lots of life left in the battery. Perfect commuter car. Charges to full 80+ miles overnight using a regular 120v outlet and the included charger. Acceleration is phenomenal (quiet and fast).

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Safety

Based on the 2014 Nissan Leaf base trim.
Combined side rating front seat
5
Combined side rating rear seat
3
Frontal barrier crash rating driver
5
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger
3
Overall frontal barrier crash rating
4
Overall rating
4
Overall side crash rating
4
Risk of rollover
10.9%
Rollover rating
4
Side barrier rating
4
Side barrier rating driver
5
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat
3
Side pole rating driver front seat
5

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Nissan Certified Select
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Nissan and non-Nissan vehicles less than 10 years old and less than 100,000 miles. (Nissan vehicles less than 6 years from original new car in-service date must have more than 60,000 to qualify for Certified Select.)
Powertrain
6 months/6,000 miles from date of sale
Dealer certification required
84-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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