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 was expecting it to be quiet, but never expected such smooth handling and peppy response. I love just driving it - I feel comfortable and safe."

Anonymous, WA (2015 Nissan Leaf)

"Very peppy and fun to drive, which was unexpected in a car intended as a commuter."

BRETT K., UT (2015 Nissan Leaf)

"Zippy yet quiet. Fun to drive"

ELIZABETH F., HI (2015 Nissan Leaf)

"Electric vehicles are the future of vehicles. After Tesla, the Leaf it the second best. I love my Leaf and have strongly promoted it to anyone that I talk to. I have got a few to buy one and they are all happy with theirs. One friend has just ordered a Tesla because of my recommendation. I wish that I had the money to also purchase a Tesla. I hope more companies will build an electric vehicle made from ground up. My 2013 Chevy Volt has some problems since it was a converted gas car."

DAVID W., TX (2015 Nissan Leaf)

"Surprising acceleration and very good handling. Another of my cars is a Porsche, so I have experience with that level of handling. My commute to the office is 20 miles each way, so battery range is ideal for me. I really like to drive this car. Electronics are very good as well."

WILLIAM S., TX (2015 Nissan Leaf)

"Accelerates very slowly when starting from a dead stop, takes a couple of seconds before it starts gaining any speed"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Nissan Leaf)

"very smooth running, lots of pep"

Anonymous, GA (2015 Nissan Leaf)

"Love the super peppy acceleration, however, I mostly don't drive that way as it sucks back the battery power--really fun though!"

CHRISTINA Y., ON (2015 Nissan Leaf)

"Its WOW quick corners well and has a smooth ride"

STEVE M., WA (2015 Nissan Leaf)

"Handling is crap. Acceleration is crap unless you want to lose a ton of charge."

VIVEK R., CA (2015 Nissan Leaf)

"the acceleration is amazing. I can outrun anyone at a traffic light... all without any noise."

Anonymous, MA (2015 Nissan Leaf)

"It has excellent acceleration and handles quite well I the curves."

Anonymous, CO (2015 Nissan Leaf)

"The most fun to drive car I have ever owned."

DALE B., TX (2015 Nissan Leaf)

"ELECTRIC CARS KICK ASS! Smooth constant power to the wheels. Extremely quiet ride. Ultra convenient ability to recharge at home."

MICHAEL G., CO (2015 Nissan Leaf)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"excepsionaly quiet, roomy for 4 people, comfortable seats"

JAMES L., TX (2015 Nissan Leaf)

"The Leaf is very quiet and comfortable to drive. Of the cars I've owned over the last 45 years, this is the most enjoyable for quiet comfort summer or winter."

CHARLES A., PA (2015 Nissan Leaf)

"The Leaf is fast, responsive, and enjoyable to drive. The navigation, cruise control, stereo system work perfectly and I am especially happy with the Bose stereo system. This car is as much fun to drive as my 1967 Volkswagen Beetle and the surround cameras with the 3D projection is awesome!"

JOHN M., HI (2015 Nissan Leaf)

"Very comfortable, but try to minimize climate control usage to maximize driving range. Using the heater appears to have the largest effect."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Nissan Leaf)

"Very smooth ride, handles well."

DAVID C., WA (2015 Nissan Leaf)

"Car is amazingly quiet and comfortable to ride in"

SHANE P., GA (2015 Nissan Leaf)

"I am currently on my second problem with the AC/climate control issue with my leaf. Not a good time of year,here in Texas to have such a problem"

DAN B., TX (2015 Nissan Leaf)

"Fabric seats attract an rain dust and small particles so they look dirty all the time."

MARTIN C., CA (2015 Nissan Leaf)


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

What Owners Say

"As a lease, the value I get will be determined by dealer incentives on the buyout."

WILLIAM C., CO (2015 Nissan Leaf)

"Still a bit pricey for what you get distance wise."

GREGORY C., TX (2015 Nissan Leaf)

"Low lease pmt. Free charging for 2 years."

TODD W., CA (2015 Nissan Leaf)

"Car value drops quickly (re Blue book value), so buyers need to bargain for best price. Otherwise, it's a good car & GREAT commuting vehicle."

JOSEPH S., MD (2015 Nissan Leaf)

"Price is high, even considering government rebates."

DAVID J., GA (2015 Nissan Leaf)

"Too expensive relative to a gas car."

Anonymous, GA (2015 Nissan Leaf)

"No maintenance costs"

Anonymous, GA (2015 Nissan Leaf)

"got maximum state and federal rebates for electric car; received free electric recharge station card good for 2 years."

JAMES L., TX (2015 Nissan Leaf)

"Seems to have a low resale value"

DALE B., TX (2015 Nissan Leaf)

"starts and runs easy and well"

Anonymous, GA (2015 Nissan Leaf)

"I can operate this almost maintenance free car for less than $0.04/mile with on home solar energy system."

KEVIN H., CA (2015 Nissan Leaf)

"With all of the rebates, the Leaf is a real bargain. I keep track of every Joule I supply to this car; it averages over 165 MPGe, about 6 times what a typical gas-engined car achieves!"

JAMES S., CO (2015 Nissan Leaf)

"The Leaf is a good, solid car. The problem, for us, is that we found after leasing it, that it really makes more sense for people that live in urban areas, not a rural area as we do. Under perfect conditions, a driver can expect to receive the estimated miles shown on the car. One long hill can knock down that "range" expected quite a bit, however. We believe that considering costs to recharge, it makes more sense to drive a gasoline Prius and forget the range anxiety. The Leaf is not a good val"

RICHARD S., OR (2015 Nissan Leaf)

"The value of an electric car over a gasoline car show up everyday by not having to pay for gasoline. I also got a very good deal on the car including rebates and tax incentives. There is very little service required for this car so that gives additional savings."

Anonymous, CO (2015 Nissan Leaf)

"This car costs about 2 cents/km to run."

CHRISTINA Y., ON (2015 Nissan Leaf)

"Not worth the price for a rural area"

GEORGE H., MO (2015 Nissan Leaf)

"This car is a bargain, low maintenance, very low cost due to gov't rebates, my electric bill did not increase because I now have time of day electric metering, and I never have to drive around looking for gas."

DONALD B., CA (2015 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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