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Our most recent review of the Nissan Leaf was in early 2019 when we looked at Nissan Leaf Plus:

 The 40kWh Leaf has 150 miles of EPA range, whereas the Leaf Plus has 226 miles. A couple hundred pounds of extra weight from the larger battery reduces efficiency slightly, though we don’t have EPA MPGe numbers yet, so we’ll have to extrapolate from the results of our drive.

So this review concludes by stating that the Leaf Plus is more of a good thing. Nissan has put together another solid package that improves on last year’s offering in many ways, and offers good options for buyers. Those who realize they’ll rarely need 200 miles of range can save several thousand dollars with the base model, and those who want more power, greater range, and additional included features still have a good choice in the Plus. Assuming the price comes in at the level we guessed above, the Leaf Plus remains an easy car to recommend for buyers looking for a comfortable, usable daily driver.

In 2018, we also reviewed the 2017 model:

I think the 60kWh LEAF will probably fade a little when compared to the Bolt and Model 3 unless Nissan can come up with a way to keep the price a little lower than those two cars, but it is a solid entry and bridge between the two EV markets/price points as they currently stand.

As a solid EV that outshines the Hyundai Ioniq EV in most ways and comes in significantly under the price of the Model 3 and Bolt EV, the new Leaf is easy to recommend.

Nissan Leaf price

The current Nissan Leaf starts at $31,600 before any upgrades or tax credits.

Shopping for the best prices for EVs can be time-consuming. At Electrek, we’ve done the hard work of finding the best purchase and lease pricing for a long list of electric vehicles.

Best pricing on Nissan LEAF: Purchase | Lease

Nissan Leaf features

The Nissan Leaf comes with a 151-mile range by default, but the Leaf Plus option raises it to 226.

Nissan touts its ProPILOT Assist as a headline feature of the Leaf lineup. ProPILOT Assist helps keep you in the middle in your lane through the straightaways, and even through gentle curves. ProPILOT Assist can keep a set distance from the car ahead of you based on the traffic flow. It can even come to a complete stop and bring you back up to speed when traffic starts moving again.

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Winemaker goes from high energy bill to added profit using his Nissan LEAF’s solar energy storage capabilities

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Facing rising electricity costs that climbed to around $6,000 a year, one winemaker decided he had had enough. Joseph Evans first installed a solar energy system to power his entire property while the sun was out. However, he wanted to take it a step further. So, he started using his Nissan LEAF with vehicle-to-grid (V2G) capabilities to store energy during the day to power the property at night — which reduces cost and even adds an extra profit stream since he can sell the excess back to the grid.

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Tesla Model 3 tops list of 20 most affordable EVs to run according to 2022 EV Miles Report

Most affordable EVs 2022

A recent 2022 report by Zutobi has ranked the top 20 most affordable EVs to operate around the world based on a number of factors. This includes considerations such as battery size, cost to charge, and miles driven per given dollar amounts. Tesla takes the top spot this year, but there are plenty of other viable options currently available to consumers.

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2022 Nissan LEAF gets cosmetic updates but is still clinging to yesteryear’s CHAdeMO fast charging

2022 Nissan LEAF

Ahead of an opening of orders on March 1, the 2022 Nissan LEAF will arrive in the UK and Europe with a refreshed exterior look. The 2022 models will include new alloy wheels, Nissan brand badges, and new exterior color choices. However, not much else has changed compared to previous model year LEAFs, including the decision to stick with the lame duck CHAdeMO charging port.

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In search of: Black Friday EV deals in the US

Black Friday deals on EVs have been few and far between this season. The ones we managed to discover earlier last week were scooped up shortly after including on our Electric Vehicle Best Lease Guide. Coincidence? Perhaps. Good news is we took one last look yesterday and found a couple of great LEAF and Niro EV discounts. No doubt these will go quick, so for those left in the dust that absolutely need to buy or lease a car ASAP, we’re highlighting several offers worth considering in this supply-constrained market.

As always, check our Electric Vehicle Best Price Guide and Electric Vehicle Best Lease Guide for the best deals on EVs in the US.

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Nissan joins UN-backed ‘Race to Zero’ campaign, aiming for 100% EVs by… ‘the early 2030s’

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Nissan has announced that it’s the first Japanese automaker to join a United Nations-supported “Race to Zero” campaign, which is focused on accelerating electric vehicle implementation and reaching carbon neutrality. With the long-established LEAF on the market and an all-electric crossover on the way, Nissan said it aims to make all new-vehicle offerings fully electric… but not until “the early 2030s.”

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Nissan slashes 2022 LEAF price to $27.5k, under $20k after Fed Tax credit

Nissan LEAF price

Move over, Mini Electric, there’s a new price-friendly EV in town. Nissan has released pricing on its all-electric 2022 Nissan LEAF, and it’s pretty aggressive. The automaker slashed the LEAF price by over $4,200 compared to the 2021 models, making it the most affordable EV in the US… at least for now.

Check all the latest EV prices in the Electrek EV Low Price and leasing guides.

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January EV deals: 200+ miles of range for less than $200/month

Happy New Year! Now that 2021 has arrived, dealers are even more motivated than last month to move old inventory off their lots. Remaining stock of 2020 models is already thin in some locales, so act soon if you find any of these offers on 200-mile EVs enticing.  

As always, check our Electric Vehicle Best Price Guide and Electric Vehicle Best Lease Guide for the best deals on EVs in the US.

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Huge year-end discounts and rebates drive the cost of new EVs below $20K

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During our monthly search for the best EV discounts, we found four models – two BEVs and two PHEVs – that can cost less than $20,000 before tax and license. Considering the average used vehicle price as reported by USA Today was trending upward at $21,558 in July, and that the average new vehicle transaction price is just shy of $40,000 ($39,259 to be exact, per Kelly Blue Book), $20K for a brand-new electric vehicle looks like a relative bargain.

Note this is the last week we’ll include PHEVs in our roundups. Our resolution for 2021 is BEVs only!

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Nissan to premiere electric Ariya crossover on July 15, taking on Tesla Model Y

Nissan Ariya Concept

Nissan will hold a global, digital unveiling of its new all-electric SUV on July 15. Few details about the Ariya have been announced since its unveiling at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. The new Nissan EV is expected to offer nearly 300 miles of range, 0-60 acceleration in less than 5 seconds, and a mainstream price of around $40,000. Hopefully, we’ll get confirmed details and a look at the production design two weeks from now.



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Nissan will add only one new EV in the US through 2023

Nissan yesterday unveiled its four-year growth plan. The Japanese automaker will “right-size” its production capacity and streamline unprofitable parts of its business. At the same time, Nissan said it would invest in areas of strength, such as sports cars and electric vehicles. That said, Nissan will introduce the Ariya EV to the US in 2021, while most of its EVs will be sold in China.



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Nissan uses combustion-engine sounds to create lullaby tracks for the Leaf EV

Nissan Leaf zero-emission lullaby

Here’s one for the “find an EV non-problem” file. Nissan cites research that says 60% of parents with children under age 2 lull their kids to sleep by taking them on a drive. The Japanese automaker claims that the “soothing sound frequencies of an internal combustion engine are the biggest contributor to a child falling asleep in the car.” In other words, a non-polluting EV like the Leaf won’t get the job done without piping in combustion noise.



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Nissan Leaf completes 230-mile driverless trip in UK

Self-driving Nissan Leafs in the UK

While the EV revolution is in full swing, the shift to highly automated driving is still at least a few years away. That self-driving future got a tiny bit closer this week after a modified all-electric Nissan Leaf completed a difficult 230-mile journey autonomously in the UK.

The journey began at the Nissan’s European technical center in Cranfield in southern England and ended at its Sunderland factory in the northeast.



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Nissan e-4ORCE First Drive: New dual motor AWD control tech makes EVs quicker and safer

Nissan flew us out to Las Vegas during CES 2020 and put us up, allowing us to get a first-hand drive of the new e-4ORCE AWD technology going into their upcoming Ariya platform vehicles. We got to drive the new technology around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway – a place where exotic supercars are rented out the to wealthy with a backdrop of the Strip and F-35s flying overhead out of Nellis Air Force Base. It was quite the scene.



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