2014 Nissan Leaf electric

Rating8.0

Ranked #1 in Subcompact Hatchback

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Starting MSRP 

$28,980 - $35,020

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Key Spec of 2014 Nissan Leaf electric
fuel economy

-

fuel type

electric

horsepower

107 hp

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

2014 Nissan Leaf electric Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2014 Nissan Leaf is beautiful, flamboyantly styled, and one of the best selling cars across the globe. In Nissan’s product lineup, the Leaf is a very unique and different offering. It is more flamboyant and curving than many other cars from the maker and has a less functional exterior. 

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ProsConsWhat's New

Quiet ride

Very poor acceleration

Standard rearview camera

Very economical

A unique and unconventional Design

Added Gun Metallic to the color palette

Easy to use and adaptable features

Over All Rating

8.0

Out of 10

Pricing and Features9.00
Pricing and Feature6.00
Features8.00
Engine and Performance8.20
Fuel Economy9.90
Interior7.60
Exterior8.00
Safety7.40
Competition9.00
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Trims

S$28,980 onwards

  • 16-inch steel Wheels
  • 1St row LCD monitor
  • ABS Traction control
  • Cloth Seat trim
  • Front automatic air conditioning
  • Front passengers heated-cushion
  • Heated mirrors
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Seek-Scan Radio
  • Siriusxm AM/FM/Satellite

SV$32,000 onwards

  • 16-inch machined aluminum Wheels
  • Navigation system

SL$35,020 onwards

  • 17-inch machined aluminum Wheels
  • Front Fog/driving lights
  • Leather Seat trim


Colors and Styles

2014 Nissan Leaf electric in Adriatic Blue color
Adriatic Blue

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The Leaf starts at a price of $29, 010. This is a mass market purely battery-electric car and does not have any self recharging or range extending generator on board. At the price point it is placed, this five seat compact electric hatchback goes against the rivals like Chevrolet Spark EV and the Fiat 500e


Features
8.0/10

The Nissan leaf is offered in three different trims across various close but different price points; the base S model starts at $28, 980 and has a 24-kWh battery. The SV trim priced at $32, 000 is offered with the same battery but with a better 6. 6-kWh charger than the 3. 6-kWh charger on the S trim and finally at $35, 020 comes the range topping SL trim with the same battery pack but more features that can be considered premium. 

Trim

S

SV

SL

MSRP

$28, 980

$32, 000

$35, 020

Key Features

Heated Steering Wheel

Adds or replaces features of ‘S’

Adds or replaces features of ‘SV’

 

Keyless Entry

Cruise Control

Auto-off headlights

 

Rear Spoiler

Navigation System

Optional Leather Seats

 

Rearview Camera

Electrochromic Rearview Mirror

Electrochromic Rearview Mirror

 

Heated Front Seats

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration

 

Satellite Radio

Optional Fog Lamps

Optional Fog Lamps

We Recommend

We would likely recommend the SV trim that stands between the most basic and the most equipped models, the reasons would not seem too deep as the feature rich SL trim might draw more juice from the battery and the basic S trim just is too basic. The price too seems satisfactory and the faster charger is an added advantage.

Engine and Performance
8.2/10

The 2014 Nissan Leaf does not have an engine in particular since it is an electric car but it rather comes equipped with an 80 kW AC electric motor paired to a 24 Kwh Li-ion battery that is mated to 1-speed direct-drive transmission. The motor is capable of producing 107hp and 187lb-ft of torque. The car has a top speed of 84mph.

Model

2014 Nissan Leaf 

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

2014 Fiat 500e

MSRP

$28, 980

$26, 685

$31, 800

Engine

Electric Motor

Electric Motor

Electric Motor

Drivetrain

Front-wheel-drive

Front-wheel-drive

Front-wheel-drive

Transmission

1-speed direct drive

1-speed direct drive

1-speed direct drive

Power

107 hp

140 hp

111 hp

Torque

187 lb-ft

400 lb-ft

147 lb-ft

0-60 MPH (seconds)

10.4 seconds

7.9 seconds

9.3 seconds

Quarter mile (seconds)

17.6 seconds

16.4 seconds

17.0 seconds

Top speed (MPH)

98 MPH

90 MPH

86 MPH

All the cars here use the same drivetrain and the transmission setup. The Chevy is the fastest here clocking 7.9 and 16.4 seconds in the 60 MPH and quarter-mile run, respectively. It is also the most powerful with nearly 140 horsepower on tap with the torque starting almost instantaneously.

Fuel Economy
9.9/10

The Leaf is quite an efficient car that is returning 126 MPGe in the city, however on the highway the returns come down to 101 MPGe and this results in a range of 84 miles. The Leaf S has a 24-kWh battery, the upper two trims come with a stronger 6.6 kW charger. This bigger battery also aids the Leaf in squeezing out more miles from the battery pack, increasing the range as well.

Model

2014 Nissan Leaf 

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

2014 Fiat 500e

MPG (city)

126

128

122

MPG (Highway)

101

109

108

MPG (Combined)

114

119

116

Range (miles)

84

82

87

The Fiat 500e is the most efficient car here, returning more range while equipping a 21-kWh battery pack. On the other hand, the Spark EV returns more MPGe but lesser range as compared to the other cars in the comparison. The Leaf falls somewhere in between, while being not too different from the others in terms of battery capacity.

Interior
7.6/10

The 2014 Nissan Leaf has a spacious cabin and the battery pack is smartly placed underneath the cabin in order to make no compromises in the cabin space. The interior features cloth trimmed seats in the lower variants, while the higher-end trims get leather-covered seats. There is ample headroom available for taller people; the Leaf has a cargo capacity of 23.6 cu-ft, which is pretty good considering the segment. 

Model

2014 Nissan Leaf 

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

2014 Fiat 500e

Seating Capacity

5

4

4

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

41.2/54.3/42.3

39.4/50.7/42.0

38.9/49.4/40.7

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

37.3/52.5/33.3

37.3/49.7/35.2

35.5/46.4/27.6

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

24.0

9.6

7.0

The Spark EV and 500e can seat four passengers only. The Fiat is the smallest car in the segment with the least legroom on offer and a rather small cargo capacity, making it the least usable for longer drives. The Spark EV has almost a similar amount of space but also lacks considerably in cargo space. The Leaf’s interiors are roomy with some of the highlights being:

  • Steering Mounted Controls
  • Tilt Steering Wheel
  • Single Zone Front Climate Control
  • Cruise Control (Available on all except the base trim)
  • Trunk Light
  • Front and Rear Cupholders

How intuitive is the 2014 Nissan Leaf’s infotainment unit?

The Leaf comes with a 7” multi-touch control system with inbuilt navigation and infotainment. This system is not the best one out there but works decently smoothly to ensure that the task is being done well. The base trim comes with four speakers, there is a six speaker system offered in the middle spec and the top trim comes with Bose speaker system. Some other important infotainment features include:

  • Satellite Radio
  • USB Connection
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Mast Antenna
  • Smartphone Integration 
  • Premium Sound System 
Exterior
8.0/10

The Nissan leaf for this year looks just like it’s previous iteration. It still has the potential to be disliked from the outside thanks to the bizarre headlamps in the front and the weird mix of the hatchback look with a sedan boot and the cargo area of the car seems to be outside the car itself. The car has a peculiar and a shouting out appearance and offers something different from its rivals that follow the traditional car styling. 

Model

2014 Nissan Leaf 

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

2014 Fiat 500e

Curb Weight (lbs)

3242

2989

2980

Length (in. )

175

146. 5

142. 4

Width (in. )

69. 7

64

64. 1

Height (in. )

61

62. 6

60. 1

Ground Clearance (in. )

6. 3

N/A

4. 5

Wheelbase (in. )

106. 3

93. 5

90. 6

The Spark EV and 500e are lighter than the Leaf while also being smaller in dimensions, even though the Spark EV being the tallest car in the segment. The wheelbases of the Spark EV and 500e are also shorter than the Leaf which gives the Leaf an advantage of being a roomy car and also boasting of the segment’s biggest cargo space. Some exterior highlights include: 

  • Rear Spoiler
  • Splash Guards
  • 16/17-inch All season tires
  • Alloy Wheels
Safety
7.4/10

The Nissan Leaf has basic price adequate features that include brake assist, traction control, and child safety locks. As standard, 4-wheel disc brakes are standard on all trims of the car and that grants it with decent halting distance in the braking tests. Other safety features include:

  • Tire-Pressure Monitoring System
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Anti-Theft Alarm System
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Front and Rear Head Airbags
  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
Final Verdict

The 2014 Nissan Leaf is a really good alternative to the constantly growing Electric car market, it has the potential to be a great car to introduce you to the EV world as it is very affordable, practical, spacious, safe and reliable. The features offered in a car of this size is commendable as well. This car might just turn out to be a great value for money. 

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$28980

body style

4dr Hatchback

engine type
displacement

0 cu in

horse power

107 hp

torque

187 lb.-ft.

transmission

1-Speed Direct Drive

dimensions
length

175 in

wheelbase

106.3 in

width

69.7 in

curb weight

3256 lbs

Height

61 in

Ground Clearance

6.3 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

92.4 cu ft

cargo volume

30 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

warranty
basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 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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