2016 Nissan Leaf

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2016 Nissan Leaf
2016 Nissan Leaf

Key specs

Base trim shown


The good:

  • Drives like a real car
  • Sprightly acceleration
  • Zero tailpipe emissions
  • Low fuel cost
  • 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


  • SV


  • SL


Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2016 Nissan Leaf trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Longer driving range for SV and SL trims
  • Pure battery-electric car
  • Five-seat compact hatchback
  • Stereo with 5-inch screen standard
  • Backup camera standard
  • 6.6-kilowatt onboard charger for faster charging available

2016 Nissan Leaf review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The Nissan Leaf is a pure battery-electric hatchback. It is available in three trim levels and competes against the likes of the Mitsubishi i and Ford Focus Electric.
New for 2016
SV and SL trim levels now have a 30-kilowatt-hour battery pack that increases the EPA-estimated driving range from 84 to 107 miles. The base S trim still uses a smaller 24-kwh battery pack and has an estimated range of 84 miles. A stereo with a 5-inch screen is now standard and includes Bluetooth streaming audio and iPod connectivity.
Significant Standard Features

  • 107-horsepower electric motor
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Locking and lighted charge port on car’s nose
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Heated front seats
  • 60/40-split folding backseat 
  • 5-inch multimedia screen
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Backup camera
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Available direct current quick-charge port can recharge battery to 80 percent capacity in about 30 minutes
  • Small solar panel atop the SL’s liftgate spoiler trickle-charges 12-volt battery
  • Heated steering wheel
  • 7-inch multimedia screen
  • Navigation system

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.5
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value for the money 4.8
  • Exterior styling 3.9
  • Reliability 4.9

Most recent consumer reviews


My first EV: Nissan Leaf

I didn’t expect such a nice and Comfortable car. The trunk area has as much space as our Liberty. For all our town driving it fits our needs. We have the same range as a model 3 Tesla for one third the price. Love the quit and smooth ride!


Love the savings!!

The Leaf is a commuter car for me, saves me $4.50 per day. It's comfortable, nice to drive, and very cheap to own and operate.


Love it so far

We have been looking for a nissan leaf a while and finally found one we loved and the price we wanted and it's so much fun to drive

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Nissan Certified Select
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
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.)
6 months/6,000 miles from date of sale
Dealer certification required
84-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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