The Nissan LEAF is expected to continue for 2022 without changes of note. Credited with helping bring EVs into the mainstream, the LEAF is in its second generation, which debuted in 2018. The last update occurred in 2020, when the LEAF gained a wealth of standard driver assistance technology.
The LEAF retains its hatchback design and a cargo capacity of 30 cubic feet. All models carry an 8-inch touchscreen, automatic climate control, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The LEAF can move upmarket with features like leather upholstery, navigation, and a heated steering wheel and front seats.
The LEAF comes standard with a 40-kWh battery pack and a 110-kW electric motor that puts out 147 horsepower. This setup permits up to 149 miles of travel on a full charge. The available 62-kWh battery is paired with a 215-hp 160-kW motor that offers 226 miles of range. Full recharging takes eight hours on a 240-volt home charger. A DC fast charge port is standard on most models, enabling the battery to reach 80 percent charge in about 45 minutes at a public charging station. With the NissanConnect EV app, drivers can initiate and monitor charging from their smartphones.
Standard drivers assistance features include blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and front and rear automatic emergency braking. The available ProPilot Assist system provides a semi-autonomous driving experience, a feature lacking on key competitors.