The Leaf is Nissan’s least-expensive all-electric model, a compact hatchback that holds the distinction of having been the first mass-market EV at its introduction nearly a decade ago.
What’s New/Key Changes From Last Year
For 2023, Nissan has simplified the Leaf’s lineup, eliminating last year’s S Plus trim.
Leaf offerings begin with the SV, from which you can upgrade to SV Plus and SL Plus. The “Plus” designation refers to those cars’ extra power and longer driving range.
Leaf SV comes with fog lights, 17-inch wheels, LED headlights, a power driver’s seat, heated front/rear seats/steering wheel, passive keyless entry, automatic A/C, an auto-dimming mirror, navigation, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, and six-speaker audio.
SL Plus gains leather seating, an upgraded stereo, and a garage remote.
The Leaf’s suite of driver assists comprises forward collision mitigation, intelligent cruise control, lane departure warning/intervention, rear cross traffic alert, automatic high beams, rear automatic braking and parking sensors, blind spot monitoring/collision intervention, surround-view cameras, and a driver alertness monitor.
Nissan’s energy consumption estimates for the Leaf are 1.9/2.4 Le/100 km (city/highway). Driving range starts at 240 km for SV trim, and rises to 342 km in SV Plus and SL Plus.
The Nissan Leaf’s key competition includes the Kia Soul EV, the Hyundai Kona EV, Chevrolet Bolt, and Kia Niro EV.
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