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2011

Nissan Leaf

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Nissan Leaf 2011 4-door hatchback
The Leaf is the first pure electric car that's practical and affordable. As such, it is quick, quiet and as practical as any small hatchback. As a car, it is pleasant and poses no particular sacrifices. However, limited driving range and long charging times are major differences that are drawbacks. Also, the cruising range varies widely depending on weather and driving style. We averaged 3.16 miles per kWh or the equivalent of it: 106 MPGe. Other than the EV aspects, the Leaf rides very comfortably, is easy to get in and out of, and is very quiet.

Safety Equipment

ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.

Road Test

Nissan's LEAF holds the distinction of being 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 enter and exit. The main drawbac...

Highs

  • Running costs, ride, instant power delivery, quietness, access, turning circle.

Lows

  • Limited range, long charging times, high-pitched whine, no telescoping wheel, agility.

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

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Body Styles
4-door hatchback
Transmissions Available
  • 1-speed Direct
Engines Available
  • electric (107 hp)