2015 Nissan Leaf
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Actually, it IS easy being "green"!

by from Dallas/Ft Worth on December 12, 2014

I am an early adopter. I've had the same cell phone number since 1988. That said, I waited as long as I could to get an EV and I chose the Leaf because it is currently the best value in EVs. To get on...
I am an early adopter. I've had the same cell phone number since 1988. That said, I waited as long as I could to get an EV and I chose the Leaf because it is currently the best value in EVs. To get one better, you'd have to spend three times the money. I did get a 240 volt charger for my garage but even before that, charging was not really an issue. There are public chargers that will do an 80% charge in 30 minutes. The charger network is still relatively small but is growing. The Leaf has plenty of power and uses it much better than a gas engined car with the same hp. No hybrid stands a chance against it. The power is applied very smoothly and quietly too. Very little wind noise even at 70+mph. I got the Leaf in the SL trim and with the "premium pkg". The around me view system (4 cameras, 1 on each side + one each front and back) alone is worth the cost but the Bose stereo system is also a huge upgrade. I get 90+ miles per charge. At home, it takes 3-4 hours to charge to 100% when starting at 10% or so. It has a timer so if your late night electricity rates are lower than your daytime rates you can charge at those times and save even more money.I was spending $500-$600 a month on gas. Between the pmt, insurance and electricity I'm saving about $150 each month. I did keep my truck for hauling items or Home Depot runs. Those savings include the insurance, has and other expenses the truck incurs so the car is actually more than free in my situation but I live alone. You may save even more than I do if another household member is involved is the Leaf is a really nice car especially in SL trim! Some public chargers are free, others are not. There are websites and apps (even one embedded in the Leaf's NAVI system) that help you find public chargers. Nissan even gave me a card to use at the pay public chargers that makes it free for two years. If your round-trip daily commute is less than 70 or so miles, the Leaf can save you a lot of money and the car is pretty great too. Not a run-of-the-mill hybrid like you get from Chevy and Toyota.
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Range and charging time

by from Placerville, CA on December 24, 2014

The 100 mile range rating is incredibly optimistic. More realistic range is 70 to 80 miles. Recently drove in the rain with headlights, stereo, defroster, wipers, etc. and only got 54 miles. I've neve...
The 100 mile range rating is incredibly optimistic. More realistic range is 70 to 80 miles. Recently drove in the rain with headlights, stereo, defroster, wipers, etc. and only got 54 miles. I've never been stranded anywhere but I've heard stories from other people. Absolutely requires some planning and a back up plan if you run low on battery. I know how much of a charge I need to get home from my usual routes so I've never had a problem. Charging times are approximate: Level 3 quick charge: 80-100% /hour Level 2 (240v) 25% /hour Level 1 (110v) 5% /hour As the battery gets charged, the charging process takes longer. For instance; On a dead battery, the battery will accept about 100 amps. As it approaches 80% it will only take about 30 amps which continues to drop as you get closer to a full charge. I really like this car, but it's not for everyone. I love not buying gas. Most days I run a few errands near my home and I can usually charge my car at work; so it's perfect for me. Haven't tried any long trips yet.
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Incredible Vehicle

by from Phoenix, AZ on August 28, 2014

I have never been a Nissan enthusiast and was hesitant to purchase an EV. But my commute necessitated the HOV lane and I was spending $350 per month on gas. I have never been as impressed with a car a...
I have never been a Nissan enthusiast and was hesitant to purchase an EV. But my commute necessitated the HOV lane and I was spending $350 per month on gas. I have never been as impressed with a car as I am with the Leaf. I am easily getting 85 miles out of a full charge, and that includes highway driving with the A/C on in AZ. With a 240 volt charging station, I charge overnight when rates are lowest. It is roomy, comfortable and quick. Several of my colleagues own Volts and love them. But they have to charge at the office daily, whereas I can drive to and from work and still have 30 miles of range left. Very pleased indeed!
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Perfect city car

by from Seattle, WA on May 7, 2017

Purchased as a 2.5 year old used car. So far appears to be in very good condition. The range is as advertised for when the car was new, and well sufficient for commuting and family activities in a l...
Purchased as a 2.5 year old used car. So far appears to be in very good condition. The range is as advertised for when the car was new, and well sufficient for commuting and family activities in a larger metropolitan area.
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The future of automobiles

by from on October 8, 2014

I've had the Leaf for about a month. It truly is the future. The torque and smooth response from the motor is amazing. Hardly any lag. Blew away a BMW at a stoplight recently. The guy was dumbfounded....
I've had the Leaf for about a month. It truly is the future. The torque and smooth response from the motor is amazing. Hardly any lag. Blew away a BMW at a stoplight recently. The guy was dumbfounded. The range depends on many factors such as amount of accessories (climate control, radio etc) used while driving.
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Easy on the pocketbook

by from Bountiful, UT on May 17, 2017

Overall the upfront cost is more than one would expect in this class of cars. The beauty comes from how much maintenance happens. I have the tires rotated every 6 months and the battery checked yearly...
Overall the upfront cost is more than one would expect in this class of cars. The beauty comes from how much maintenance happens. I have the tires rotated every 6 months and the battery checked yearly. No oil changes or filter changes or lubricants. I fill up the washer fluid monthly lately with the weather. My electric bill went up about 30 dollars a month.
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2015 Nissan Leaf

by from Fort Wayne, IN on March 17, 2017

This car is a quick electric vehicle. Spunky, fun, and quiet. It is best for use in local commuting; as it has approximately 100-mile range per charge. There were a couple of times when I pushed it t...
This car is a quick electric vehicle. Spunky, fun, and quiet. It is best for use in local commuting; as it has approximately 100-mile range per charge. There were a couple of times when I pushed it to the end of the charge. There is a cute little turtle that shows up next to the speedometer when you have about a mile of charge left.
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Eco Friendly and Fun To Drive

by from Columbus OH on June 11, 2017

This is my second EV -- the first was a Volt hybrid. This 2015 Leaf SL is much more comfortable than the Volt -- leather seating is more comfortable and entry (higher, no hump) is easier. While it a...
This is my second EV -- the first was a Volt hybrid. This 2015 Leaf SL is much more comfortable than the Volt -- leather seating is more comfortable and entry (higher, no hump) is easier. While it absorbs the road better, its short wheelbase makes it throw us around constantly on bumps. It takes some getting used to. However, it does have an entirely useable back seat -- the Volt only had room for very small monkeys. So far I haven't even challenged its 84-mile capacity -- I extremely rarely went beyond the Volt's 44 mile electric limitation, so it's perfect for my suburban driving. They want $179 to update the navigation so I bought the latest Garmin ($159) instead with lifetime maps. The Garmin coordinates with my cell phone, so I can make and receive calls, get news updates from the Wall Street Journal, etc. Pretty neat. I do kinda miss the 2014 Volt "beeps" to keep me in lanes and away from obstacles, but this car has all kinds of bells and whistles I love to tinker with. It's a gadget-lovers dream. If more people knew what bargains these EV cars are in the aftermarket (the price drops are incredible) they would be astonished. I picked up this low mileage, loaded-with-EVERYTHING $39,000 MSRP for $15,000!
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Once you go EV, it's hard to go back.

by from Burlington, VT on June 22, 2017

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.
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Great electric vehicle!

by from Atlanta, GA on June 4, 2017

I got this car because of the tax credit, but I absolutely fell in love with it. I don't do a ton of long distance driving so it's a great car for short drives around town.
I got this car because of the tax credit, but I absolutely fell in love with it. I don't do a ton of long distance driving so it's a great car for short drives around town.
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