Road Test/ 100
Predicted Reliability/ 5
Predicted Owner Satisfaction/ 5
The all-electric Leaf that we tested has a 75-mile typical range. A full charge took us 6 hours using a 240-volt outlet, but charge times have been shortened since our tests. We measured the equivalent of 106 mpg, and running costs are 3.5 cents per mile at the national average of 11 cents per kWh. The ride is comfortable, but handling isn't particularly agile. The rear seat is roomy, but the cargo area is rather small. Standard features include a heated steering wheel and seats, and top models get electric heating that uses 30 percent less energy. For 2017, the Leaf has a bigger standard 30-kWh battery with a claimed 107-mile range. Reliability has been above average, but we can't recommend the Leaf because it scored a Poor in the IIHS small-overlap crash test. A redesign is due to be introduced soon.