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Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf side view

Safety ratings of the Nissan Leaf

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Safety ratings provided by NHTSA

  • Number of airbags6

Specifications of the Nissan Leaf

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats5
  • Doors5
  • Fuel typeElectric
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • City consumption1.9 - 2.2 L/100km
  • Highway consumption2.3 - 2.6 L/100km
  • Width1770 mm
  • Length4445 mm
  • Trunk space411 - 680 L
  • Cargo space680 - 1427 L
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims available with the Nissan Leaf

What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This version of the Nissan Leaf 2011 - 2017 is available in 3 trims:

S trim features and specs

Available with the S trim:
  • Leather steering wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
  • Tire repair kit
Available with the S trim:
  • Steel wheels
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Electronic traction control
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the S trim:
  • Cruise control (optional)
  • Hill start assist
Available across all trims:
  • Bluetooth
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Digital cockpit
  • Keyless entry
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
1 engine is available with the S trim:
Electric - 107 hp
City consumption:16.5 - 19.3 kWh/100km
Highway consumption:20.8 - 23 kWh/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:117 - 172 km

SV trim features and specs

Available with the SV trim:
  • Leather steering wheel (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
  • Tire repair kit
Available with the SV trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • LED headlights (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
Available with the SV trim:
  • Dimming interior mirror
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Electronic traction control
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the SV trim:
  • Cruise control
  • Digital radio (optional)
  • Hill start assist (optional)
  • Navigation system
Available across all trims:
  • Bluetooth
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Digital cockpit
  • Keyless entry
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
1 engine is available with the SV trim:
Electric - 107 hp
City consumption:16.5 - 19.3 kWh/100km
Highway consumption:20.8 - 23 kWh/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:117 - 172 km

SL trim features and specs

Available with the SL trim:
  • Leather steering wheel (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
  • Tire repair kit
Available with the SL trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Fog lights
  • LED headlights
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
Available with the SL trim:
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Dusk sensor
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Electronic traction control
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the SL trim:
  • 360 degree camera (optional)
  • Cruise control
  • Digital radio (optional)
  • Front sensors
  • Front view camera
  • Hill start assist (optional)
  • Navigation system
  • Side sensors
Available across all trims:
  • Bluetooth
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Digital cockpit
  • Keyless entry
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
1 engine is available with the SL trim:
Electric - 107 hp
City consumption:16.5 - 19.3 kWh/100km
Highway consumption:20.8 - 23 kWh/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:117 - 172 km

Overview of the Nissan Leaf

Learn about the Nissan Leaf

Summary

The first electric car mass-produced by a major manufacturer, the Nissan Leaf is a good option for those seeking a quiet, environmentally conscious ride. Though it's gasoline-free, that doesn't mean the Nissan Leaf lacks pace—it has a top speed of 140 km/h. The exterior has changed only subtly since it debuted in 2010, and yet it retains a sleek and modern aerodynamic design. The design is functional too, as aerodynamic features such as slanting LED headlights and wind diffusing side mirrors allow the vehicle to achieve better range.

Safety

A great deal of thought went into the safety features of the Nissan Leaf. All vehicles come standard with six airbags: front-driver and passenger, side-body front and rear, and head front and rear. Optional automatic on/off headlights and fog lights are included in more expensive trims in models 2013 and later. Other features available in newer Nissan Leafs, from around 2017 to 2019, are:

  • Four-wheel antilock braking systems (ABS) and traction control, to reduce the risk of skidding
  • Energy-absorbing front and rear bumpers to mitigate the impact of minor accidents
  • Blindspot warning and cross-traffic assist for added safety when backing up
  • Child seat anchors and rear door safety locks for those with families

Interior

The interior of the Nissan Leaf matches its exterior—somewhat subdued but surprisingly sleek and modern. This is true even for older models. As part of a highly functional interior layout, the vehicle comes equipped with standard power windows and air conditioning. Heated seats and steering wheels are also available for models 2012 and onwards.

Technology

As this is an electric vehicle, the most important technology is the Nissan Leaf's battery-powered engine. Charging-times for the base model are somewhat disappointing, falling somewhere around 20 hours to get back to full power. Though, you can cut charging-time down to a tenth of that by opting for the Charge package, which adds a DC fast-charger port. 

The advanced technology in the Nissan Leaf extends to the vehicle's interior. A Bluetooth hands-free phone system and a USB connection to charge your smartphone are included. With each generation, the Nissan Leaf’s interior tech features and options grow more impressive. Newer 2019 models include:

  • Centre console multimedia centre with a five-inch, full-colour display
  • GPS navigation to ensure you always end up at your destination
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for seamless integration with your smartphone

Space

Due to the smart battery placement in the Nissan Leaf under the seats, the interior of the cabin is impressively roomy for a compact car. Legroom in the backseat is not as plentiful as in the front, but cargo space in the trunk is impressive. However, you don't gain as much space as you might expect when the 60/40 split rear is folded. 

Comfort

The Nissan Leaf's range is somewhere between 117 km for earlier models (2011 and 2012) and 250 km for the 2019 model. The range could be more if your vehicle has an additional battery pack. The Nissan Leaf’s front-wheel drive and firm suspension are suitable for driving on paved roads, making for a smooth ride in the city and on the highway. 

Frequently asked questions about the Nissan Leaf

Charging costs will depend on the electricity prices in your area. On average, Canadians pay about $0.15/kWh during peak hours, meaning that to fully charge your vehicle it will cost you about $3.

Yes, you can. For a slow charge, it can be plugged directly into a regular wall outlet. For a faster charge, you must upgrade to a Level 2 home charger.

No, the Nissan Leaf does not use gas. Unlike a hybrid which has both fossil fuels and electric motor to propel it, the Nissan Leaf is 100% powered by electricity.

Drivers itching to go fast in their new Nissan Leaf should opt for a 2018 or 2019 model. These models offer a top speed of 140 km/h.

The Nissan Leaf only comes with standard front-wheel drive. This allows the vehicle to get more kilometres per charge, extending its range.