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1.9

Litres / 100 Kms
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2.3

The Leaf's forte is short errands, where its linear power delivery and single-speed transmission take all the tedium out of stop-and-go traffic.
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Trips to lunch and nearby errands are easy and even occasionally pleasant, given the serenity of the low-noise propulsion system and the no-shift, always-on power delivery.
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The Nissan LEAF is an all-electric five-passenger, five-door compact hatchback that is claimed to be the world's first affordable, zero-emission car.

The LEAF is powered by an 80kW electric motor and a choice between a 24kWh lithium-ion battery pack or a 30kWh, enabling it to travel approximately 84 or 107 miles on a charge respectively. The LEAF doesn't sacrifice features for efficiency either, available features include a navigation system, six-speaker audio system with CD/USB/AUX and satellite radio, Bluetooth phone system, Bose audio system, around view monitor, Intelligent keyless entry, push button start, automatic climate control, 60/40 folding rear seats and cruise control. All the usual safety features are here as well, six airbags, active front head restraints, stability and traction control, security system and front belt pretensioners are all standard. LED head and tailights provide safe lighting as well as using less power than incandescent bulbs.

For 2016, the Nissan LEAF now offers a larger 30kWh battery in the SV and SL trims.

Introduction

For 2016, Nissan Leaf takes a leap: Thanks to a new battery pack, the all-electric car now boasts a range of 107 miles, the farthest of any electric car except the expensive luxury Tesla.The hatchback Leaf is the size of a compact car with the interior space of a midsize car.

It accelerates silently to 60 mph in less than 10 seconds, and has a top speed of 90 mph, although don't expect to go 107 miles at high speed (or in cold weather).

The Leaf can keep up with traffic and is easy to drive.The Leaf can also seat four adults comfortably or sometimes five, and is well equipped.

Leaf SV and Leaf SL models get the new 30-kWh battery, with a 6.6-kW charger thaten can fully charge in four hours, as well as a DC fast-charging port.And electric heater keeps the battery warm when the car is plugged in during cold weather.

The Leaf was launched as a 2011 model, and previously had a range of 84 miles.

The base Leaf S carries over the old technology: A flat 24-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack, mounted under the floor below the rear seat, sends electricity to an 80-kilowatt electric motor that drives the front wheels and serves as a generator to recharge the battery when braking.The charger is 3.3 kW.

The Leaf is the antithesis of sporty.Underway it feels like a boring economy car except it's silent.

All Leafs sold in North America are assembled in Tennessee.

Lineup

The Nissan Leaf comes with heated seats front and rear, heated steering wheel, Bluetooth, rearview camera, dark nylon upholstery, 16-inch steel wheels and plastic wheel covers, and a 5.0-inch touchscreen.

Leaf SV upgrades to the bigger battery pack and faster charging, plus 7.0-inch touchscreen with navigation, power mirrors, 16-inch alloy wheels.Leaf SL gets leather seats, 17-inch alloy wheels, and automatic headlights.Options include a seven-speaker Bose audio system and surround-view cameras.

Walkaround

It's a unique shape, unusual, a little wierd.There's no grille on the Leaf, just a sloped nose with a hatch over the charging ports.Rising frog-like headlamps trail off almost to the windshield pillars.LED taillights in vertical ribbons flank the tailgate.

Interior

The interior is more conventional, although there's a weird mix of Space Age styling with cheap controls from the Leaf's economy roots.The parking brake, an old-school pedal, is especially at odds with the car's image.

The drive selector looks like a mushroom, and the digital displays are dazzling.A two-row instrument panel is clustered behind the steering wheel, with a big screen in the center dash that displays range, maps, energy usage, nearby recharging points, and more.The base model Leaf S offers a smaller display screen.

Sound is an issue in any electric car, because with all the engine noise gone, the other road sounds emerge.The Leaf has its own super-quiet windshield wipers; engineers tried to borrow the wipers from a luxury Infiniti, but even they were too loud.

Driving Impression

Driving an electric car feels like you're driving a clothes dryer, but still there's something nicer about it than driving a car with thousands of explosions constantly happening under the hood.The Leaf is quiet and calm at all times, so silent around town that there has to be an artificial exterior sound to alert pedestrians.

It starts with a button and goes into gear with a mouse.It can accelerate more quickly than an economy car with an engine, which needs more attention from the driver and sometimes gives drama for feedback.The 80-kilowatt (107-horsepower) electric motor, drawing from the lithium-ion battery pack under the floor, sends a strong 187 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels.It's there when you need it, although the Leaf is not super-quick for passing from 40 to 70 mph.

To get maximum acceleration you have to press hard on the accelerator.It's designed that way to make sure you really do want to use up that precious energy, kind of like your computer or television asking if you're sure you want to delete that thing.

At any speed more than about 50 mph, the Leaf feels breathless, and the steering gets heavier, like it's pushing into headwind, which is exactly what's happening with wind drag, so the range drops like a stone.

An Eco mode cuts power by 10 percent, when you're suffering from range anxiety, but it feels like more than 10 percent, dragging the Leaf down to slow and frustrating.For safety's sake, Eco is over-ridden when you floor it.

The regenerative braking is tuned to feel like an automatic transmission.A B mode increases the regeneration to feel like engine braking.Because of the low center of gravity from the battery pack there's almost no body roll, but being a tall car on small wheels, it's sensitive to side winds.

Overall, the Leaf's handling and roadholding are adequate, but hardly engaging; driven aggressively, it's disappointing, with numb steering and little feedback.The driver feels removed.But on the upside, the turning circle is a shockingly small 17 feet.

Summary

If you've already decided to buy an electric car, the best reason to choose the 2016 Leaf is range.

Driving impressions by John Voelcker.Words by Sam Moses.

ABS Brakes
ABS4-wheel
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningAutomatic
Airbags
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st and 2nd row
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeIntegrated roof
Digital Audio InputYes
In-Dash CDSingle
Memory Card SlotYes
MP3 playerYes
RadioXM AM/FM/Satellite
Satellite RadioXM
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Total Number of Speakers4
Brakes
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Child Safety
Child safety locksManual
Colors
Fabric TypeCloth
Fabric Type 2Cloth
Fabric Type 3Cloth
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Center console trimPiano black
Dash trimPiano black
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Heated steering wheelHeated steering wheel
Reading lightsFront
Shift knob trimMetal-look
Steering wheel trimLeather
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet1
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Center ConsoleFull with covered storage
Cruise controlCruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver and passenger
Overhead consoleMini with storage
Power steeringSpeed-proportional electric power steering
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Steering wheelTilt-adjustable
Dimensions
Aerodynamic Drag (CD).28 cD
Angle of Approach16.9 degrees
Angle of Departure26.0 degrees
Front Head Room1,045 mm
Front Hip Room1,308 mm
Front Leg Room1,070 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,383 mm
Front track1,540 mm
Overall height1,550 mm
Overall Length4,445 mm
Overall Width1,770 mm
Rear Head Room946 mm
Rear Hip Room1,271 mm
Rear Leg Room790 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,334 mm
Rear track1,535 mm
Wheelbase2,700 mm
Doors
left rear passenger door typeConventional
Rear door typeLiftgate
right rear passenger door typeConventional
Driver Seat
Head Restraint Whiplash ProtectionYes
HeatedMulti-level heating
Height AdjustableManual
Manual Adjustments6
Drivetrain
Axle ratio7.94
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Engine
Electric Motor Battery TypeLithium ion
Fuel TypeElectric
Horse Power107 hp
Keyless IgnitionDoors and push button start
Torque254 Nm
TypeElectric
Vehicle EmissionsZEV
Exterior Features
Rear spoilerLip
Fuel Consumption
City1.9 L/100 km
Combined2.1L/100 kme
Highway2.3 L/100 km
Header
Doors4
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Fuel TypeElectric
Trans Speeds - VA1
Trans Type - VAAutomatic
TransmissionAutomatic
Headrests
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual adjustable
Adjustable rear headrestsManual adjustable
Number of rear headrests2
Instrumentation
ClockIn-dash
External tempExternal temperature display
Rear View CameraYes
Trip computerTrip computer
Lights
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Locks
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Mirrors
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Vanity mirrorsDual vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
Head Restraint Whiplash ProtectionWhiplash protection system
HeatedMulti-level heating
Manual Adjustments4
Rear Seats
Climate controlledHeated
FoldingFold forward seatback
HeatedHeated
TypeBench
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Seatbelts
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Seats
Climate controlledDriver and passenger heated-cushion, driver and passenger heated-seatback
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity5
Total Seating Capacity5
UpholsteryCloth
Security
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Stability and Traction
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlABS
Suspension
ClassRegular
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeStrut
IndependentFront
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Stabilizer BarRegular
Rear Suspension ClassificationSemi-independent
Rear Suspension TypeTorsion beam
stabilizer barFront and rear
Telematics
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
Tires
Diameter16.0"
PrefixP
Profile55
Speed RatingH
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemYes
TypeAS
Width205 mm
Towing and Hauling
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Transmission
Automatic typeAutomatic
Manual / automaticAutomatic
Number of speeds1
Truck Features
BumpersBody-coloured
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size5.0"
Video Monitor LocationFront
Warranty
basic distance60,000 km
basic months36 months
drivetrain distance100,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distanceUnlimited km
roadside months36 months
rust distanceUnlimited km
rust months60 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place411 L
Cargo capacity, rear seat down or removed680 L
Curb weight1,481 kg
EPA interior volume2,783 L
Gross vehicle weight1,902 kg
Ground clearance160 mm
Max cargo capacity680 L
Turning radius5 m
Wheels
Diameter16
Rim TypeNone steel
Wheel CoversFull wheel
Width6
Windows
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
One-touch windows1
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassLight
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Rear wiperFixed interval
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Heated door mirrors
Power door mirrors
Spoiler
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
1-touch up
Air conditioning
Automatic temperature control
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Front beverage holders
Heated steering wheel
Illuminated entry
Overhead console
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power windows
Rear beverage holders
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
CD player
MP3 decoder
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Exterior parking camera rear
Front reading lights
Low tire pressure warning
Outside temperature display
Rear window defroster
Rear window wiper
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Anti-whiplash front head restraints
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Security system
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Front centre armrest
Heated front seats
Heated rear seats
Leather steering wheel
Split folding rear seat
Suspension/HandlingStd.Opt.
Front anti-roll bar
Front wheel independent suspension
Power steering
Rear anti-roll bar
Speed-sensing steering

2016 Nissan LEAF S 4dr Hatchback, , Ontario

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