2017 Nissan Leaf

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Key Specs

of the 2017 Nissan Leaf. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Drives like a regular car
  • Spritely 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

Notable Features of the 2017 Nissan Leaf

  • 107-mile estimated range
  • Battery-electric drivetrain
  • Five-seat compact hatchback
  • Stereo with 5-inch screen standard
  • Backup camera standard
  • 6.6-kilowatt onboard charger for faster charging available

2017 Nissan Leaf Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

What it is: The Nissan Leaf is a pure battery-electric hatchback. It is available in three trim levels — S, SV and SL — and competes against the BMW i3, Chevrolet Bolt, Mitsubishi i-MiEV and Volkswagen e-Golf.

New for 2017

The base S trim level gets a 30-kilowatt-hour battery pack that increases the EPA-estimated driving range from 84 to 107 miles.

Significant Standard Features

  • 107-horsepower electric motor
  • 30-kilowatt-hour battery pack
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Locking and lighted charge port on car's nose
  • 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 trim's liftgate spoiler trickle-charges 12-volt battery
  • Heated steering wheel
  • 7-inch multimedia screen
  • Navigation system
  • 360-degree camera system
Vehicle Overview

What it is: The Nissan Leaf is a pure battery-electric hatchback. It is available in three trim levels — S, SV and SL — and competes against the BMW i3, Chevrolet Bolt, Mitsubishi i-MiEV and Volkswagen e-Golf.

New for 2017

The base S trim level gets a 30-kilowatt-hour battery pack that increases the EPA-estimated driving range from 84 to 107 miles.

Significant Standard Features

  • 107-horsepower electric motor
  • 30-kilowatt-hour battery pack
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Locking and lighted charge port on car's nose
  • 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 trim's liftgate spoiler trickle-charges 12-volt battery
  • Heated steering wheel
  • 7-inch multimedia screen
  • Navigation system
  • 360-degree camera system

Latest 2017 Leaf Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(3.8)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Wish I had more mileage

by KidCyd from Pleasant Valley, CT on July 19, 2018

Enjoying the exhaust-free ride of a Nissan all-electric Leaf. Just wish sometimes that I could travel further without an overnight charge. Got great rebates for purchasing a "green" car! Read full review

(5.0)

Best value for money and fun car

by Jay from Phoenix, AZ on July 6, 2018

Leaf is the best value for money and fun car I have ever owned. Gives good 110 miles range, Less cost with electric charging and lower annual registration :) . Has surprisingly very good pickup and is ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2017 Nissan Leaf currently has 1 recall

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2017 Nissan Leaf S

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

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
marginal

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

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
marginal
Lower Leg/Foot
poor
Overall Evaluation
poor
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
marginal
Structure and Safety Cage
poor
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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