In late 2014 I leased a 2015 Nissan Leaf S (the base model). I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I do! It looks a bit goofy, like a big bug or a frog. But I live in the land of the Subaru so I enjo...
In late 2014 I leased a 2015 Nissan Leaf S (the base model). I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I do! It looks a bit goofy, like a big bug or a frog. But I live in the land of the Subaru so I enjoy standing out a bit.
Seats are comfortable and ALL seats are heated, front and back. The steering wheel also is heated. This is because the heating, well, sucks. It isn't so great, AND it sucks power from the battery. I have learned to wear warm socks when I drive in the winter, because even with warm winter boots, my toes get cold. Likewise in the back seat - my kids complain that their feet get cold, even with the heat on. The heated steering wheel is awesome, though, and the seats can be heated on Low or High, depending on how cold it is. The car windows take a while to defrost on cold mornings.
That's about the only complaint I have. The A/C is ice cold and doesn't suck battery power the way the heat does. It has lots of room for a little car. Six cupholders/bottle holders, and decent spaces to put cell phone, etc. in the front seat. And it's SO fun to drive.... silent, super-fast acceleration, great in the snow (with snow tires - it's heavy so it's far better than a comparable gas vehicle would be).
If you drive highways a lot, this may not be the car for you. I had some "range anxiety" at first, and would only use alternate routes to my destinations so I could drive slower and therefore conserve battery power. Now that there are many more charging stations in my area, that's not as crucial, but I still take the "back way" - and I enjoy it more. (And it's not that much slower.)
I charge the car at home with a heavy-duty extension cord. It charges about 5% of the battery per hour, charging that way. I've replaced the cord once in 3 years, for safety reasons. I have no garage so the car sits out in all weather, and charges that way too. It has always started, even in -25 degrees.
The headlights are the brightest I've ever experienced. Plenty of people flash their brights at me at night, thinking my brights are on when they're not.
The range is ideally 106 miles, but it depends so much on how fast you drive, how hilly the terrain is, and the outside temperature. Cold temps drop your potential range to 70 or so, though it's probably possible to coax more out of the car if you are careful.
If Nissan made a LEAF plug-in I would buy it in a heartbeat. I love this car. I'm having a hard time deciding whether to give it up when my lease expires, or keep it and deal with the distance limitations until my kids are driving and I can justify buying a reliable used gas vehicle to complement it.