The Leaf is 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 get in and out of. The Leaf's main drawbacks are a limited driving range of only about 75 miles per charge and long recharge times. That 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

"The LEAF is a zippy, stable on the road, fun car to drive. The looks are modern, clean and reflective of the innovation."

VICKIE M., BC (2016 Nissan Leaf)

"Surprised at how good acceleration is in the car"

CHAD K., IL (2016 Nissan Leaf)

"I wish I could go 200 miles on a charge."

KYLE P., UT (2016 Nissan Leaf)

"Though it took a little time to adjust to an electric car, I really like the direct drive. The ability to hold any speed that best suits traffic makes driving in traffic less annoying. Even in ECO mode, the vehicle is very responsive."

Anonymous, HI (2016 Nissan Leaf)

"I like the car's handling generally, It could be a lot smarter with some software enhancements that would optimize the acceleration, etc. GPS systems know speed limits, the car could ask for our desire to accelerate rapidly or slowly and make the most energy efficient acceleration given constraints we set."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Nissan Leaf)

"Very smooth acceleration which is why we bought it as opposed to another electric car"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Nissan Leaf)

"The acceleration is surprising. I was able to just tap the accelerator a little and I was going over 40 miles per hour in 2 seconds. Great handling and good visibility."

Anonymous, IL (2016 Nissan Leaf)

"My car's nickname is Zippy. Enough said ! Very nimble handling, everyday commute or twisting roads, a real pleasure. And zippy accelerations, way ahead of most cars at the greenlight. Very poor traction in snow, especially in parking lot. Tires spin a lot. Poor motor traction ECU policy when facing spinning conditions."

Anonymous, CO (2016 Nissan Leaf)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Exceptionally roomy inside Totally quiet Comfortable seats LOVED the heated steering wheel"

Anonymous, MO (2016 Nissan Leaf)

"The ride--even at Interstate speeds--is very quiet compared to what we are accustomed to in our other vehicles."

LARRY L., GA (2016 Nissan Leaf)

"Got more legroom and headroom than in my Ford Explorer! I am 6'4". Definitely a surprising roomy experience, love it Fast cooling AC is a big plus. Annoying beep/warning policies with no message on dashboard. Car keeps beeping at you depending on sequence for Engine OFF / open door / open charging hood / location of keys. Can't make sense of it sometimes. Frustrating. Just display a message wrt why the beeping ! Bad frontal visibility due to very thick windshield/airbag side pillars. Actually a"

Anonymous, CO (2016 Nissan Leaf)


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

What Owners Say

"This is my 2nd Leaf (1st was 2013). I love the extended range and as I was used to getting 75 miles before I had to charge, I now go over 100 miles. May not seem like much, but I was trained to 75 so it's a 33% increase for me. Also, my lease pmt is $226/mo, less than the 1st Leaf and less than my wife spends on gas for her Van."

BENNETT V., CA (2016 Nissan Leaf)

"First, I used Consumer Reports to narrow the field in Electric Vehicles (EV); then I learned that if I lease the EV, the tax credit is taken off the MSRP along with the Nissan incentive and a small incentive as a college grad. This was an UNBELIEVABLE value for my money. (And it boasts zero emissions)"

MICHELLE D., FL (2016 Nissan Leaf)

"Value is relative to price and I think I got a pretty good deal from the dealer, especially if I get the rebates. I leased it so I do not get any Federal tax refunds."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Nissan Leaf)

"Nissan offered a special group pricing offer to a local electric vehicle club that I belong to because of my Tesla ownership. Combining the electric vehicle federal rebate and the dealer discount, I got a $12000 discount"

DAVID G., MN (2016 Nissan Leaf)

"The state and federal tax incentives made this a good value."

EDWARD S., GA (2016 Nissan Leaf)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say


Anonymous, MO (2016 Nissan Leaf)

"The only downside is that being a hatchback, you don't have a covered trunk area unless you are willing to pay $300 extra for a cheap fake cloth covered piece of cardboard that should be standard equipment. That inexpensive piece of cardboard no doubt cost Nissan less than two dollars and is outrageously priced. So I got it without and will make my own."

Anonymous, OR (2016 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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