2016 Nissan LEAF

Pros: Impressively “normal” feel for an all-electric car; reasonably zippy acceleration; tax credits available; cheap running costs

Cons: Limited driving range, especially in cold weather; challenges of finding available charging stations; expense of home charger installation

CG Says: The 2016 Nissan LEAF SV and SL models get a larger battery that increases driving range from 84 miles to 107. The range of the base S remains 84. The infotainment system gets connectivity upgrades. Were it a conventional or gas/electric hybrid compact car, Leaf would be a decent value. It drives well and is reasonably practical. As a pure-electric car, however, it works exceptionally well. It’s certainly not for everyone. In ideal temperature and driving conditions, Nissan’s claimed range of 107 miles is realistic. In cold climates, though, that can be cut by up to half. This is not a vehicle you would take on a long road trip, but it’s an ideal urban/suburban commuter. Its price seems steep for a compact car, but various tax credits and cash rebates from federal, state, and local governments, as well as incentives offered by the private sector, can help defray the cost. Overall driving costs that can be measured in pennies-per-mile also help counter the initial outlay.

The Facts
Class Compact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door hatchback
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Nissan
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices S: $29,010
SV: $32,100
SL: $36,790

Base Engine
electric motor
Std. Transmission
Avail. Transmission
EPA City Range (MPGe)
EPA Hwy Range (MPGe)

2013 Nissan LEAF
2016 Nissan LEAF