Introduced back in 2011, the LEAF soon earned acclaim 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 seventh year, the Leaf has continued to gain in popularity.
A four-door hatchback, the LEAF is designed to seat five, though four will be a lot more comfortable. Through its early years, maximum range between battery charges was limited to about 84 miles. That was more than enough to cover short commutes and around-town errand running. In fact, most drivers travel far fewer miles each day. Still, many potential buyers have been restrained by the possibility, however unlikely, of coming to an abrupt halt with a stone dead battery.
For those concerned about running out of energy, a longer-range battery became available in the 2016 model year, installed in upper trim levels.