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Nissan Leaf

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Nissan Leaf 2012 4-door hatchback
The Leaf is a five-seat, electric-powered hatchback with a typical range of 75 miles. A full charge takes six hours using a 240-volt outlet or 16 hours using 120 volts. The Leaf qualifies for a $7,500 federal tax credit. At low speeds the Leaf is quiet, feels quick, and rides comfortably. Cabin access is easy, and the rear seat is fairly roomy. We measured 3.16 miles per kWh, the equivalent of 106 mpg. Running costs are extremely low: 3.5 cents per mile at the national average of 11 cents per kWh. Heated seats and steering wheel are standard.

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...


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


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


2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels

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