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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.

Road Test

The Leaf is the first widely available and affordable all-electric car. Overall, it's a civilized vehicle with very low running costs. It's very quiet, rides comfortably, and is easy to get in and out of. The Leaf's main drawbacks are a limited drivi...

Highs

  • Running costs
  • Ride

Lows

  • Limited range
  • Long charging times

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 5 year/unlimited
Body Styles
4-door hatchback
Transmissions Available
  • 1-speed Direct
Engines Available
  • electric (107 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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