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

"I expected a battery operated car to be slow but my leaf is super peppy and lots of fun to drive."

Anonymous, CA (2014 Nissan Leaf)

"It has blind spots. It is hard to change lanes because of it."

JAMES J., IL (2014 Nissan Leaf)

"Has very quick smooth quiet acceleration."

WILLIAM B., FL (2014 Nissan Leaf)

"Handles really well going up and down mountains and around curves."

Anonymous, NV (2014 Nissan Leaf)

"Handles very well and provides a very quick acceleration when you need it."

NANCY T., CT (2014 Nissan Leaf)

"Love the fast and guilt free acceleration from stop lights with my Leaf."

TIMOTHY O., CA (2014 Nissan Leaf)

"Excellent around town; also styling & handling"

PETER H., OR (2014 Nissan Leaf)

"Car handles great. Very stable, low center of gravity. Fun to drive."

Anonymous, PA (2014 Nissan Leaf)

"Steering has good feel and is responsive; excellent excelleration"

T C., NM (2014 Nissan Leaf)

"Drives beautifully, smooth acceleration and handling, great turning, fun to drive."

MARC R., PA (2014 Nissan Leaf)

"Phenomenal immediate torque and superb handling with the low center of gravity. Quick and responsive!"

Anonymous, IA (2014 Nissan Leaf)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Very quite inside. You could hear a pin drop while driving."

WILLIAM Y., WA (2014 Nissan Leaf)

"Drivers seat is not that comfortable for long drives. No place to rest your right elbow."

MENDEL A., QC (2014 Nissan Leaf)

"It's zippy, comfortable, quiet. Easy to drive. I highly recommend the Leaf."

Anonymous, NV (2014 Nissan Leaf)

"seats very comfortable, climate control powerful and responsive, extremely quiet and smooth ride."

T C., NM (2014 Nissan Leaf)

"No back seat vents for AC"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Nissan Leaf)


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

What Owners Say

"With the electric car rebates this was an excellent deal. Inexpensive car, very low fuel costs, very low maintenance costs. Extremely quiet and no fumes!"

TIMOTHY O., CA (2014 Nissan Leaf)

"A $10,000 purchase price and fuel savings, even with gasoline around $2 per gallon, make buying a used Leaf feel like a very solid value."

J K., NC (2014 Nissan Leaf)

"fun to drive and never have to buy gasoline. perfect for in town commute where i live, Tulsa, OK"

ANDREW S., OK (2014 Nissan Leaf)

"Delighted with my first electric vehicle. Fuel savings awesome. "No emissions" - priceless."

Anonymous, NB (2014 Nissan Leaf)

"Prefer more range than 90 miles and dont like styling of car."

Anonymous, CA (2014 Nissan Leaf)

"reliable around town vehicle...just rotate the tires and have battery checked every 10,000 miles or once a year"

GARY J., AZ (2014 Nissan Leaf)

"Tax incentives, state and federal, made this an incredible deal, along with dealer incentives and others. Operational costs are almost nothing: no maintenance (tires and wiper blades, maybe a couple belts), charging is practically free at home. Local utility paid for 240V charger. It covers 90% of daily driving."

DEAN W., WA (2014 Nissan Leaf)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"its really ugly"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Nissan Leaf)

"not really stylish, don't like the "blue" logo and blue on the tail lights."

Anonymous, GA (2014 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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