2011 Nissan Leaf electric

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Key Spec of 2011 Nissan Leaf electric
fuel economy

-

fuel type

Electric

horsepower

107 hp

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

2011 Nissan Leaf electric Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Nissan has started the debate and increased the automobile market competition by introducing the 2011 Nissan Leaf as a fully electric vehicle. This new proud child of the Nissan can get charged in 30 minutes up to 80 percent and gives an effective mileage of 100 miles. The trim range is also not confusing as there are only two trims on the sale.

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ProsConsWhat's New

Roomy and quiet cabin

Limited range

New model in the Nissan family

Awe-inspiring safety ratings

Less charging stations

Over All Rating

8.1

Out of 10

Pricing and Features8.00
Pricing and Feature9.00
Features8.00
Engine and Performance7.50
Fuel Economy9.90
Interior8.00
Exterior9.00
Safety8.60
Competition6.00
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Trims

SL-E$33,720 onwards

  • Automatic headlights
  • Rearview camera

SL$33,720 onwards

  • Front Fog/driving lights
  • Parking assist


Colors and Styles

2011 Nissan Leaf electric in Cayenne Red color
Cayenne Red

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The driving capability of the Leaf is great, the exterior design is interesting, and the interior is eco-friendly as it is filled with recycled materials. The base price of the 2011 Nissan Leaf is $32,780 for the SV trim and $33,720 for the SL trim. That said, Nissan Leaf is up against opponents such as Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Prius.


Features
8.0/10

Nissan has kept the trim range of the Leaf simple and short. There are only two trims given where the base SV trim houses feature such as 16-inch alloy wheels, a CD player, a six-speaker sound system, 40/60 folding rear seats, automatic climate control, and recycled cloth seat fabric. If you select the top SL version of the leaf then you will get features like fog lights and Homelink universal transceiver.

Trim

SV

SL

MSRP

$32,780

$33,720

Key Features

16-inch alloy wheels

photovoltaic spoiler panel spoiler

 

Keyless entry

RearView Monitor

 

Automatic climate control

Fog lights

 

cruise control

Homelink universal transceiver 

 

CD player

auto on/off headlights

 

Vehicle Security System

 

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There is not a marginal difference in price between both trims but with just $940, you can avail of every feature given on the new Nissan Leaf. Therefore, selecting the SL trim is more beneficial for you.

Engine and Performance
7.5/10

As a fully electric car, the Nissan leaf has a healthy 80kW AC synchronous motor which replaces the traditional internal combustion ignition as a default power mill. It produces 107 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. 1-speed direct-drive transmission is coupled with the motor which sends power to the front wheels. With these arrangements, the Leaf reaches 60 mph from a standstill in about 10 seconds. 

The drive is very smooth and quiet. That’s why you will notice the road and wind noise more easily which is generally gets diluted under the influence of the IC engine’s own working noise and cracking. That said, as an EV, the Leaf gives you instantaneous acceleration. Though it is not as quick as other rivals but handling, control, and braking performance of the Leaf are commendable.

Model

2011 Nissan Leaf SL

2011 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid Base

2011 Toyota Prius Hybrid 5

MSRP

$32,780

$40,280

$28,790

Engine

AC synchronous electric motor

1.4-liter inline-4 with electric motor

1.8-liter inline-4 with electric motor

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

1-speed direct drive

1-speed direct drive

CVT

Power (hp)

107

149

134

Torque (lb-ft)

207

273

105

0-60 MPH (seconds)

10

8.8

9.7

Quarter mile (mph)

17.5

16.7

17.3

Top speed (mph)

90

101

NA

Both rivals of the Nissan leaf are not purely electric in nature but for the sake of comparison, they do give a nice tussle to the Leaf. In terms of acceleration, a rival from the Chevrolet is ahead in the competition as it completes the 0-60 mph goal in just 8.8 seconds whereas the Toyota Prius gains the second spot and achieves the same target 0.3 seconds earlier as compared to the Nissan Leaf.

Fuel Economy
9.9/10

With a battery capacity of 24 kWh and 48 laminated compact lithium-ion battery modules along with an 80Kw motor, 2011 Nissan Leaf provides 106 MPGe in the city, 92 MPGe on the highway, and 99 MPGe combined. That said, in one charge, the Leaf demonstrates a range of one hundred miles. Furthermore, the 2011 Leaf can charge up to 80 percent capacity in just 30 minutes.

Model

2011 Nissan Leaf SL

2011 Chevrolet Volt Base

2011 Toyota Prius 5 

MPGe (city)

106

95

NA

MPGe (Highway)

92

90

NA

MPGe (Combined)

99

93

NA

Battery Capacity 

24 kWh

16 kWh

NA

Range (City/hwy)

NA

325/372

NA

From the EPA data, it is clear that the Nissan Leaf is the most fuel/energy-efficient car in the competition. As compared to the Nissan Leaf, the Chevrolet Volt returns 6 MPGe, 2 MPGe, and 6 MPGe less in the city, on the highway, and combined respectively. Meanwhile, MPGe figures for the Toyota Prius are not available. 

Interior
8.0/10

The interior design of the new Leaf is pleasant which soothes the eyes with its elegant design. As the battery pack is under the floor, the rear row is much more comfortable. The material used inside the cabin is mostly made of the recycled materials. The seats are covered in cloth upholstery which is made from partially recycled materials. The steering wheel has three sporks and a piano black C-stack in the center with a 7-inch information display. 

In the front row, the driver seat gets a 6-way manual adjustment whereas the passenger seat gets a 4-way manual adjustment. There is not telescopic feature given to the steering wheel column. Some other standard cabin features given on the Leaf include automatic climate control, Digital meter cluster, Auto-dimming rearview mirror, push-button ignition, power windows, and door locks, and Nissan intelligent key and push-button ignition.

Model

2011 Nissan Leaf SL

2011 Chevrolet Volt Hybrid Base

2011 Toyota Prius Hybrid 5 door 

Seating Capacity

5

4

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

41.2/54.4/42.1

37.8/56.5/42.1

38.6/54.9/42.5

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.3/52.5/31.1

36.0/53.9/34.1

37.6/53.1/360

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

14.5

10.6

21.6

Although, the overall passenger volume of the Nissan leaf is greater than the competitors it lacks comfortable rear-row legroom. That said, the Toyota Prius has the most generous rear row but its passenger volume is 4.9 cu-ft less than what’s offered in the Nissan Leaf. As for the Chevrolet Bolt, it does have modest interior space but with 90 cu-ft of passenger volume its in the last position. That said, the Toyota Prius offered the biggest trunk while the smallest one is given on the Chevrolet Volt. Major interior features include:

  • 40/60 split-folding rear seats
  • Automatic climate control
  • Tilt telescopic steering column
  • Partially recycled cloth seats
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Trip computer 
  • Electric parking brake
  • Nissan intelligent key keyless entry
  • 12-V power outlet

How intuitive is the 2011 Nissan Leaf’s infotainment unit?

A 7-inch color information display is given standard on the 2011 Nissan Leaf. Other than that Navigation system, six-speaker sound system, CD player with mp3 capability, aux jack, USB port, Bluetooth, and XM satellite radio are some standard features of infotainment features. That said, Homelink universal transceiver is given on the SL trim. Highlights of the infotainment features are:

  • 6-speaker sound system
  • XM satellite radio
  • Bluetooth
  • Navigation system
  • 7-inch color information display 
Exterior
9.0/10

The exterior design of the 2011 Nissan Leaf is aerodynamic, fluid, and full of interesting elements. Sharp LED headlights are present along with the fog lights which are only given on the SL trim. Unlike other traditional cars, there is no grille given on the Leaf. On the backside, LED taillights are present but the photovoltaic solar-panel rear spoiler is reserved for the top trim. Noise-reducing windscreen and Aerodynamic under body cover are some notable exterior features. Nissan has given 16-inch alloy wheels to the Leaf to run. There are five different exterior paints you can choose out of which glacier pearl is our favorite.

Model

2011 Nissan Leaf SL

2011 Chevrolet Volt Hybrid Base

2011 Toyota Prius Hybrid 5 door 

Curb Weight (lbs)

3366

3781

3042

Length (in.)

175.0

177.1

175.6

Width (in.)

69.7

70.4

68.7

Height (in.)

61.0

56.6

58.7

Ground Clearance (in.)

6.3

NA

5.5

Wheelbase (in.)

106.3

105.7

106.3

The Chevrolet Volt tilts the weight scale more than any other car in the segment. On the other hand, the lightest one is the Toyota Prius. In terms of length and weight, a rival from the Chevrolet has the lead but the concerned car of this article is the tallest one among the bunch. If we look at the wheelbase, the biggest one is shared by the Leaf and Prius. Major exterior features are:

  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic headlights 
  • LED taillights 
  • Fog lights 
  • Aerodynamic outside mirrors
  • Rear spoiler
Safety
8.6/10

In comparison to a traditional compact automobile, the robust body design features a stiff-mounted battery structure, which helps give better body rigidity. Moreover, the safety ratings of the Leaf are impressive as it has secured an overall 5-star safety rating by the NHTSA. The IIHS has given ‘Good’ ratings to the Leaf in all crash tests. It also named it the ‘top safety pick’ for the year 2011. Major safety features are:

  • Cruise control
  • Brake assist
  • Anti-lock braking system
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Electronic brakeforce distribution
  • Vehicle immobilizer system
  • Vehicle Security System
Final Verdict

The 2011 Nissan Leaf checks all the boxes and presents itself as a sweet deal that allures you with its enchanting exterior design language, comfy interior, and fast charging capibility. Compared to the Leaf, the Chevrolet Volt and the Toyota Prius makes competition hot but in the end, the Leaf comes out as an unscathed winner. 

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$33720

body style

4dr Hatchback

engine type
displacement

0 cu in

horse power

107 hp

torque

207 lb.-ft.

transmission

1-Speed Direct Drive

dimensions
length

175 in

wheelbase

106 in

width

70 in

curb weight

3383 lbs

Height

61 in

Ground Clearance

6 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

98.3 cu ft

cargo volume

30 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

warranty
basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.


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Nissan Leaf electric 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$33,954
5 Year Cost To Own
$42,046
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $42,046
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$12,562$2,825$2,673$3,137$2,971$24,168
Insurance$1,464$1,515$1,568$1,623$1,680$7,850
Fuel$858$883$910$937$965$4,553
Maintenance$248$484$492$829$1,352$3,405
RepairsNANA$111$269$393$773
Financing Interest$1,826$1,469$1,087$680$246$5,308
Taxes and Fees$2,841$190$171$154$133$3,489
Total Cost-To-Own$12,299$7,366$7,012$7,629$7,740$42,046
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