2017 Nissan Leaf Owner Satisfaction - Consumer Reports
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Nissan Leaf

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 (based on a 24 kWh battery) 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

"smooth acceleration and competent handling. Higher, SUV-like ride would be preferred."

Anonymous, WA (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"It is fun to drive and so quiet!"

Anonymous, UT (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"It's the future... It's a new driving experience, pleasantly so..."

John B., CT (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"acceleration,"

Kenneth W., GA (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"Smooth, beautiful ride. The turning radius is amazing."

Gabriel G., VT (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"very responsive controls"

Anonymous, OH (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"Surprised by the acceleration! Handles cornering very, very smoothly (no sway)."

Stephen T., CA (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"The electric motor is sufficient to get up to freeway speeds from on-ramps or from dead stops. The handling is crisp."

Douglas S., CA (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"What a treat! Car handles as well as or better than any car I’ve driven. Great pickup, amazing turning radius, very responsive, smooth, comfortable and of course quiet ride."

Jo A., MA (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"The car is very quiet and quick to accelerate in traffic."

Anonymous, NC (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"As a urban vehicle - lots of stop and go, short trips, it is terrific. The instant acceleration and handling on city streets, merging with traffic, etc., it is excellent. And it is acceptable on the expressways at 70/80 mph."

Frank P., CO (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"Available torque is amazing with limited slip traction control from standing start and at any speed. The car has enough horsepower up to freeway speeds."

Anonymous, CO (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"Acceleration is excellent. Handling is average. The acceleration is due to the torque available with electric cars and not unique to the Leaf. Compared to other electric cars the torque on the Leaf is below average."

Michael Y., WA (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"My Nissan Leaf accelerates smoothly in eco mode and is quite peppy with eco mode turned off. This is my first electric car and it's acceleration and handling is as good or better than any other similar sized car that I have previously driven."

Roger W., ON (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"accelerates and handles very well - better than most gasoline cars. Likely that is because the electric motor and battery weigh so little compared to a gasoline-based vehicle."

Anonymous, CO (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"Pleasantly surprised by the driving experience. It is not a sports cars (prior car was Audi A4), but still drives well."

Anonymous, MD (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"Leaf drives quietly and is so smooth! Love the electric drive!"

Marchelin H., WI (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"Very good city car. Great for stop and go traffic and parking in tight city spots. Not as great on the highway, but still acceptable."

Anonymous, IL (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"The best regenerative braking on market;"

John R., UT (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"In order to save battery found I must accelerate slowly and evenly"

Janice B., HI (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"Very fun, incredible torque from a dead start, very good handling."

James A., CO (2017 Nissan Leaf)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Quiet and composed ride, peppy performance."

Anonymous, WA (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"The Leaf was purchased as a local area transport. The seats are comfortable for the short drives. Minimal noise due to electric motors. Ride on local roads and freeways does not transmit excessive shock from unevenness."

Douglas S., CA (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"The ride in the passenger seat is rough and causes my head to bounce against the head rest."

Anonymous, MN (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"Seats are very comfortable, good padding and nice support. There is some road noise but only because engine is silent. The ride is very nice - smooth and quiet."

Roger W., ON (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"The driver seat should be moved manually and it bothers me."

Anonymous, MD (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"the seats are comfortable, the interior layout is convenient and well thought out (except for the dash controls)"

Anonymous, OH (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"we both find the seats to be very comfortable. The heated seats are a blessing on cold mornings."

Stephen T., CA (2017 Nissan Leaf)

Value

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

What Owners Say

"never buying gas! incredible mileage! huge rebates, making this one of the most affordable cars anybody in our state can buy."

Anonymous, VT (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"Lots of rebates on an electric car"

Richard L., CO (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"$7500 federal tax credit plus $10000 discount for power company customers made the car half price and in-line with used prices"

Anonymous, OH (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"With the $7,500 federal tax credit and the $10,000 discount from Nissan and Austin Energy, this car was a steal."

Hamilton R., TX (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"Between my tax incentive and my utility, I’m getting $17500 of the car. Couple that with haggling another $1200 off MSRP, and I could not have found a better deal on a new electric car."

Jonathan K., UT (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"The rebate and tax break for the purchase of the Leaf combined with the operating cost have made this car a tremendous value."

Anonymous, MO (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"I purchased the Leaf because I installed a PV system on my house and have excess electricity. The price of gasoline is high in HI. This is a better alternative to gasoline powered cars. Since there is federal tax credit and the local electric company provided a $10000 credit to the puchase price it was a good buy. I have been very happy with every feature of the car so far. I have only had the car for 6 months."

Janice B., HI (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"My electric company, in conjunction with the Nissan dealer, gave me $10,000 off the msrp."

Gabriel G., VT (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"It's easy to use and own for commuting"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"Nissan and Austin Energy offered a $10,000 discount on the car in March 2017. Combined with the $7,500 federal tax credit, that brought the cost down to about half of the list price."

Hamilton R., TX (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"Incredibly low maintenance and fuel costs when compared to a car with an ICE."

James A., CO (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"Our local electricity provider provided a very generous incentive towards the purchase of a Leaf, which with the Federal incentive, made this car very affordable. The operating cost is lower than our previous vehicle, Honda Civic Hybrid, too."

Anonymous, IL (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"Because of tax incentives and utility-provider rebates, the car lost almost 50% of it's value the instant I drove it off the lot. In other words, why would someone pay me what my car is worth if they can buy a new one with incentives for cheaper from the dealer."

Anonymous, CO (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"We received a large discount through our utility company and of course the tax credit was nice. It drives really well and I enjoy not filling up gas and maintenance is minimal"

Lloyd K., HI (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"Local power company gave $10,000 rebate. US Government gave $7,500 tax credit, and dealer gave $1,500 hundred more than dealer Kelly Blue Book. A new $35,000 car for $12,000 is a very good value. Power company has significant power discount for late night usage. I use that time to charge the car, run pool pump, and cool down the house lower than daytime temperature. I am currently using more power than previously, since I now charge the Leaf, but monthly electric payments are actually less."

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"Federal tax credit and a $10k rebate through power utility cut the price of the car in half. As a car for a short commute and errands around town, it’s perfect"

Anonymous, OH (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"Great value with tax credits and local electric company credit. Paid half of list price"

Janice B., HI (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"Given the tax credits especially in Colorado it was a great deal for a new car."

Frank P., CO (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"Great value"

Jonathan B., CA (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"The best value car ever purchased. It’s the car of choice to drive in our house and is selected over a European car costing twice as much."

John R., UT (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"Utility ($10K) and state rebates ($5K) and federal tax break (up to 7.5%) amounted to an offer I could not refuse."

Anonymous, CO (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"Very good value because of tax rebate and electric company's credit."

Anonymous, MD (2017 Nissan Leaf)

"Electric utility paid $10,000 of price. Got $7,500 in tax rebate"

Anonymous, MO (2017 Nissan Leaf)
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