2014 Nissan Leaf

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Key Specs

of the 2014 Nissan Leaf. Base trim shown.

Our Take

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From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of the 2014 Nissan Leaf

  • 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 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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 recha...
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

Latest 2014 Leaf Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Made the switch to an EV!

by Anne from Portland, OR on July 23, 2018

Love driving this car! And never having to stop at the gas station again! Very responsive and I can plug it into a regular outlet to charge. Easy commuter/ around town car. Comfortable interior with ... Read full review

(4.0)

Fun to drive, no more gas stations!

by Sean from Richmond, VA on June 24, 2018

It's fun to drive and very sporty when it's not in Eco. Eco is great for traffic and hilly areas since there's less braking needed. Never having to go to a gas station is great. Just plug it in at ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2014 Nissan Leaf currently has 5 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2014 Nissan Leaf S

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Nissan
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    6 years/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    84 months/100,000 miles from original new-car in-service date

  • Powertrain warranty

    84 months/100,000 miles (includes LEAF electric vehicle system and powertrain)

  • Dealer Certification Required

    167-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Leaf received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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