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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 drawbacks are its limited driving range of only about 75 miles per charge and long recharge times. This makes it best used as a commuter car or an urban runabout.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

“This instant full torque of the electric motor is awesome. The response is great, and reminds me of the way I used to be able to accelerate with my first manual-transmission car. I missed having a manual transmission when driving our Prius. But now that I've tried electric, I don't think I can ever go back to ICE.”

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Nissan Leaf)

“I have never driven an ICE car that operates as smoothly as the Leaf. I can beat almost anything from a dead stop. Most useful when merging in traffic. With the low CG it handles and corners very well.”

B D., HI (2013 Nissan Leaf)

“Strong pick up and good handling. Cross winds do sway the car though.”

RANGARAJAN J., CA (2013 Nissan Leaf)

“The best part of the car is it's accelleration and flat cornering. It should be advertised as an urban sport sedan.”

JOE B., FL (2013 Nissan Leaf)

“The car is unbelievably silent when running; very powerful in traffic and a very smooth highway cruiser. I was really pleasantly surprised. It feels like a much bigger car than it is.”

W S., DC (2013 Nissan Leaf)

“accelerates and handles vet well”

HOWARD M., VA (2013 Nissan Leaf)

“Very fast acceleration and tight steering.”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Nissan Leaf)

“Good acceleration and excellent handling.”

JOEL K., WA (2013 Nissan Leaf)

“Very fast acceleration and outstanding handling in the city”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Nissan Leaf)

“Good acceleration and regenerative braking make it easy to adjust to erratic traffic flow.”

Anonymous, MO (2013 Nissan Leaf)

“I was very pleasantly surprised at what a fun-to-drive car this is. The fast acceleration and responsive handling are impressive.”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Nissan Leaf)

“It is a great "city" car for shopping, school & activity trips...great acceleration from 0 to 40 makes a big difference driving in neighborhood and stop and go traffic.”

KEVIN C., MA (2013 Nissan Leaf)

“Acceleration on a car with a motor (electric car) as opposed to an engine (gasoline car) is amazing! People think they're slow and they are SO wrong!!!”

Anonymous, HI (2013 Nissan Leaf)

“It could be a little quicker and handle better. If they took some weight off it would help both those areas. Also, there shouldn't be that much body roll with the center of gravity being so low. But, I didn't buy it for racing, so these are more than acceptable things.”

ANDREW C., AR (2013 Nissan Leaf)

“Very responsive and no delay in acceleration.”

Anonymous, HI (2013 Nissan Leaf)

“Miles available from the recommened 80% charge is less than shown when heater, lights or AC is on. This dramatically reduces truly available miles. I've never fully charged, so can't estimate available miles on a full charge”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Nissan Leaf)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

“very quiet, smooth ride. Seats could use a bit more bolstering”

ANDREW H., IL (2013 Nissan Leaf)

“If you lower the rear windows the car produces a deafening pulsating noise that is not only loud but it severely shakes the entire car. It is not possible to drive the car with the windows down. It is good for quieting the grand children when they get to loud though.”

JOHN B., TN (2013 Nissan Leaf)

“Once you get used to how quiet an electric car is, it's he'd driving a gas powered car!”

Anonymous, HI (2013 Nissan Leaf)

“It's very quiet compared to most vehicles of its size.”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Nissan Leaf)

“Easy to drive and good ergonomics.”

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Nissan Leaf)

“Seating in the Leaf is average. It is, after all, a small car. Usually only 1-2 occupants. Rear seat comfortable only for children. Climate controls are adequate and intuitive. Bluetooth works very well for calling and media listening purposes.”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Nissan Leaf)

“driving range limited, seats not comfortable. no gasoline, oil changes. I would not buy one but when it gets a range of 200 miles I would lease one again”

EDWARD L., HI (2013 Nissan Leaf)

“AC went out due to a design defect. I fixed myself before it was known to be a defect. I now have to get reimbursed.”

MICHAEL S., GA (2013 Nissan Leaf)

“For a small car the seats are better than many large cars”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Nissan Leaf)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

“Big depreciation, what a surprise”

DAVID N., FL (2013 Nissan Leaf)

“Less expensive to operate than a gas vehicle even with gas prices down.”

JOEL K., WA (2013 Nissan Leaf)

“I lease this vehicle and there were no maintenance costs other than tires and windshield wiper blades.”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Nissan Leaf)

“leasing with special promotion. very good deal. also the 6 month extention. very happy”

HOWARD M., VA (2013 Nissan Leaf)

“I bought this car as a used vehicle with only 22k miles on it. Our electric bill went up $230 for the full year, our gasoline bill went down $1.060. We only use the 120 volt charger as it's the only one we need, even though we have 2 240 volt chargers also. I love this car and will get another if needed for our around town driving, which seems to be most of what we do.”

THOMAS B., CA (2013 Nissan Leaf)

“very good value. Low cost of operating and maintainence”

JOHN C., KY (2013 Nissan Leaf)

“Economy and reliability are both great.”

TOM J., CA (2013 Nissan Leaf)

“Maintenance has cost less than $500 total for the 30k miles we've driven so far (4 regular services every 7,500 miles). Cost of fueling it is also a pittance compared to a regular car. So the effective cost of the car at this point (taking into account the $7,500 tax credit) is likely the equivalent of that of a $25k car getting 25 to 30 mpg. And every year the effective cost drops around another $825 to $1100 ($750 in fuel savings plus savings in maintenance). By the end of 10 years of ownershi”

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Nissan Leaf)

“Great value. I have only had to pay minimal maintenance, for example tires and washer fluid. It has never had a single problem, it's always ready to go. It's even cheaper to charge than the EPA estimate. What else do you want?”

ANDREW C., AR (2013 Nissan Leaf)

“Very good lease price after incentives 2.5 years ago.”

MICHAEL S., GA (2013 Nissan Leaf)

“The battery range per chage is dropping faster than I thought so value is down”

JOE B., TN (2013 Nissan Leaf)

“I bought mine used coming off a two year lease. A great deal.”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Nissan Leaf)

“I bought the 2013 Leaf used with less than 20K miles, and it was a bargain; $14,000 from a dealer that specializes in EVs. Coupled with the on-going low cost of ownership, I'd highly recommend the Leaf as a commuter car for those whose driving works within its range limitations.”

KEVIN P., WA (2013 Nissan Leaf)

“$7500 tax credit lowered price. Saving $1500+ on gas per year. No maintenance costs.”

Anonymous, WA (2013 Nissan Leaf)

“Bought used, 2 years old with low mileage for about 1/3 the original price not including the tax credits. It has performed well and I enjoy the good pickup, regenerative braking, and low operating cost an electric vehicle provides. Bonus that I have free workplace charging.”

Anonymous, MO (2013 Nissan Leaf)

“range limitation is a serious issue.”

Anonymous, WA (2013 Nissan Leaf)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

“I know the current design is somewhat controversial, but I actually really love it. I like the bigger headlamp size that is supposed to break up the air before the side mirrors to reduce noise.”

ALEXANDER S., MD (2013 Nissan Leaf)

“I've never been a fan of the Leaf's exterior styling. It looks like a cross between an AMC Gremlin and a frog. However, I think it looks much better in darker colors, and I've grown to tolerate the look of my dark gray Leaf. I just hope that the next Leaf does away with the hideous sloped tailgate.”

KEVIN P., WA (2013 Nissan Leaf)

“Bad. Ugliest car on the planet. Should be more of sports look, and more roomy inside.”

KANWALJIT B., BC (2013 Nissan Leaf)

“I love the car, but it's ugly.”

CHRIS C., UT (2013 Nissan Leaf)

“Just not a good looking car.”

Anonymous, TN (2013 Nissan Leaf)

“I like the styling and my husband doesn't like the exterior.”

MONICA J., WA (2013 Nissan Leaf)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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