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2016 Nissan LEAF OVERVIEW
Introduced in 2011, the LEAF was soon acclaimed as the car that turned the idea of an all-electric vehicle from an auto-show exhibit into a functional, everyday driver. Now in its sixth year, the Leaf continues to gain in popularity.
A four-door hatchback, the LEAF is designed to seat five, though four will be a lot more comfortable. Until this year, maximum range between battery charges has been limited to about 84 miles. That’s more than enough to cover short commutes and around-town errand running. In fact, most drivers travel far fewer miles each day. For those concerned about running out of energy, however, a longer-range battery is now available.
What's New for 2016
A new higher-capacity 30 kWh battery pack goes into SV and SL trim levels, boosting driving range to an EPA-estimated 107 miles. That’s 27 percent longer than the preceding LEAF’s range. The base-level LEAF S retains that older 24 kWh battery and its 84-mile range. All models use an 80 kW AC motor that generates 107 horsepower and 187 pound-feet of torque.
Every LEAF now has NissanConnect with Mobile Apps, Nissan’s infotainment system. The LEAF S has a 5-inch display and Bluetooth for both phone calls and audio streaming. Hands-free Text Messaging Assist and a USB port also are included. SV and SL models get NissanConnect with Navigation and Mobile Apps, with a 7-inch display and voice recognition. Improved charging-screen information will update every 12 miles when driving.
Choosing Your Nissan LEAF
As an all-electric car, the LEAF operates solely on battery power, with an electric motor to provide propulsion. In the base S trim level, the 80 kW electric motor teams with a 24 kWh lithium-ion battery, providing a range of about 84 miles on a full charge. Maximum range escalates to as much as 107 miles with the new, higher-capacity battery used in SV and SL models. Note that range depends on such factors as traffic and your particular driving style.
Two chargers are available. What Nissan calls the “normal” 3.6 kW charger is standard for S trim. A 6.6 kW charger is standard with SV and SL trims. A quick-charge port that substantially speeds up charging times is standard with SL trim and available for S and SV.
Charging with a basic household 120-volt outlet can take 15 hours or more. Adding a 240-volt charging system to your garage (if you have one) will likely cost $1,000 or more, depending on whether you can install it yourself or need professional installation.
Three trim levels are offered:
When picking a LEAF, consider how each choice of charger will affect your lifestyle and driving capabilities. Although the LEAF S starts at $29,010 (plus destination charge), SV and SL trim levels, with their higher-capacity battery and longer range, are priced considerably higher: $34,200 and $36,790, respectively. Nissan’s LEAF is expected to be redesigned in 2017, with a longer-yet range and more mainstream styling.
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