2017 Nissan Leaf electric

MSRP $30,680 - $36,790

Ranked #4 in Hatchback

6.7

Overall Rating

2017 Nissan Leaf electric Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 13, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Nissan Leaf hatchback instantly gained popularity a d became the best-selling EV in the U.S. Refreshed just last year, the 2017 Leaf gets a standard 30 kWh lithium-ion battery which increases its EPA range to 107 miles from 84 miles of yesteryear models. The Leaf is about the same size as the Sentra sedan, making it a spacious compact car with a midsize interior. Starting just above $30,000, Nissan Leaf is costlier than the conventional hatchbacks but undercut most of its rivals. 

The Nissan Leaf is powered by an 80 kW AC synchronous electric motor rated 107 hp and 187 lb-ft of torque. Also, Nissan offers a 3.6 kW onboard charger that can fully charge the battery in 7 hours with a 220-volt outlet while the V and SL trim upgrades to a 6.6 kW onboard charger that can charge in 6 hours. Fast charging takes 30 minutes to charge the battery up to 80 percent. Though the Leaf offers an efficient powertrain and a comfortable ride with ample space, it scores below average in the safety department.

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Pros

Affordable Pricing.

Great passenger space and quiet cabin.

Cons

Range not on par with rivals.

What's New?

The 2017 Leaf gets a 30kWh battery as standard across all the trim levels


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$30680

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

5

top speed

90 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

horsepower

107 hp

torque

187 lb.-ft.

transmission

1 speed direct drive

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

106.3 in.

length

175 in.

width

69.7 in.

height

61 in.

curb weight

3323 lbs.

ground clearance

6.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

92.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

30 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

payload capacity

1108 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.5 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.8 sec.

fuel economy

highway range

444.0 mi.

ev range

296.0 mi.

highway range (evs/hybrids)

444.0 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes

ev battery warranty

8 yr./ 100,000 mi.


Pictures & Videos


Trims

S$30,680 onwards

SV$34,200 onwards

SL$36,790 onwards

Colors and Styles

2017 Nissan Leaf electric in Brilliant Silver color
Brilliant Silver

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

6.0

Engine and Performance

6.8

Fuel Economy

9.9

Interior

7.3

Exterior

4.0

Safety

5.7

6.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

6.7

Overall Rating


Nissan gave the LEaf EV a major update last year, so the 2017 model has a few changes. The 30 kWh battery introduced in 2016 is now standard across the lineup. The Nissan leaf is one of the most affordable EVs to own with a five-year cost estimate for insurance, fuel, repairs, and maintenance of about $15,700. The Chevy Bolt and Hyundai Ioniq for that matter, are expensive.

The Nissan Leaf is the first of the real electric vehicles but now it competed with the upcoming new Chevrolet Bolt and the forthcoming Tesla Model 3.


6.0/10
Features

6.8/10
Engine and Performance

9.9/10
Fuel Economy

7.3/10
Interior

4.0/10
Exterior

5.7/10
Safety


2017 Nissan Leaf electric Features

6.0/10

The 2017 Leaf comes in three trim levels: S, SL, and SV. Starting from $ the entry-level Leaf S comes with standard equipment including basic essentials such as Bluetooth and cruise control, along with desired heated front seats and automatic climate control.

The SV adds the Charge package and navigation as standard. The top-level SL adds leather seats, LED headlights, and a host of comfort features that might edge out the S if you'd like a pampered electrified ride.

Trim S SL SV
MSRP(FWD) $30,780 $34,200 $36,790
Key Feature LED headlights Steel wheels Alloy wheels
  Foglights 80-kW AC synchronous motor (produces 107 horsepower and 187 lb-ft of torque) Charge package
  Heated rear seats (heated front seats are standard for all trims) Front heated seats 7-inch touchscreen
  Leather upholstery 60/40-split folding rear seat Navigation and NissanConnect
    Rearview camera Nissan's web-connectivity system
    5-inch central display Suede-like cloth upholstery

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Comparing all the three trim levels carefully, we find the basic S trim level of the Nissan Leaf as the most valuable choice. At $30680, the Leaf S EV isn't too expensive and gets you the most basic equipment for the price. 

2017 Nissan Leaf electric Engine and Performance

6.8/10

"Making 170 horsepower, up from 147. Electric motors solve two small-car problems: a traditional lack of torque and the noise of a strained four-cylinder."  - Car and Driver

2017 Leaf Engine and Transmission

The Nissan Leaf comes with an 80 kW AC synchronous electric motor rated at 107-horsepower and 187 lb-ft of torque. A 30 kWh lithium-ion battery pack is standard, unlike the previous 24 kWh battery in the 2016 model. This increases its range from 84 to 107 miles, a welcomed boost.

Though the 107 hp looks meager, the Leaf's electric motors offer instant torque that delivers instant acceleration. Though on the highways, it won't be easy and needs proper planning.

Models

2017 Nissan Leaf

2017 Tesla Model 3

2017 BMW i3

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

MSRP

$30,680

$35,000

$44,450

$36,620

Engine

Electric

Electric

Electric

Electric

Transmission

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic

Horsepower

170 hp

258 hp

170 hp

200 hp

Torque

187 lb-ft

NA

184 lb-ft

266 lb-ft

The Leaf isn’t the most powerful car in its category rather is the least powered car in the competition. The Tesla Model 3 sedan makes 258 horsepower while the Chevrolet Bolt EV  makes 200 horsepower.

2017 Leaf Acceleration

Like most electric cars, the 2017 Leaf is quick off the line. The Leaf's slow zero-to-60-mph time of 10.2 seconds puts it behind most of the EVs on the market. While the Leaf is fine for freeway commuting but it loses vigor on the highway speeds.

Models

2017 Nissan Leaf

2017 Tesla Model 3

2017 BMW i3

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

0-60 MPH

10.2 sec

4.6 sec

7.0 sec

NA

Quarter mile

17.3 sec

13.3 sec

15.6 sec

14.9 sec

Engine

Electric

Electric

Electric

Electric

It may be most useful in around-town use up to 50 mph or regular commutes. The top speed is capped at 90 mph. The Model 3 is the quickest car in the competition and does a 0-60 MPH in 4.6 seconds. 

2017 Leaf Ride and Handling

Driving the Nissan Leaf feels effortless like most EVS, thanks to their no-shift direct-drive architecture and plentiful torque. The front-wheel-drive Leaf's refined ride and a low center of gravity add to its agile, maneuverable demeanor. Though it can't be considered sporty as the body roll around the corners is too pronounced.

The steering is right on point but there's a little feedback. The Leaf goes where you point it but you will have to rely solely on your eyes to judge how much to turn the wheel. There's an Eco mode for greater efficiency, which cuts maximum available power by 10 percent. 

2017 Leaf Braking

The Leaf's panic-stop distance from 60 mph of 122 feet seems inspiring. The brake pedal does feel firm but the response is somewhat nonlinear.

Models

2017 Nissan Leaf

2017 Tesla  Model 3

2017 BMW i3

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

60-0 MPH

122 ft. 

N/A

N/A

NA

In Normal mode, the regenerative brakes feel like those in a traditional gasoline-powered car. There’s rarely a need to hit the brakes with B-mode. Turn it on, and the Leaf slows down more aggressively when you let off the throttle.

2017 Nissan Leaf electric Fuel Economy

9.9/10

The 2017 Leaf's new battery gets an EPA-estimated range of 107 miles, better than the outgoing Leaf with a 24 kWh battery with an EPA-estimated range of 84 miles. The base Leaf S comes with a 3.6 kW onboard charger that can fully charge the battery in 7 hours with a 220-volt outlet or 26 hours with a 110-volt outlet.

Model

2017 Nissan Leaf

2017 Tesla Model 3

2017 BMW i3

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

MPG (city)

101

120

106

110

MPG (highway)

124

131

129

128

MPG (combined)

112

126

118

119

The higher SV and SL trims gain a standard 6.6 kW onboard chargers that can charge in 6 hours or 26 hours, respectively, or can charge the battery to 80 percent in 30 minutes with a Fast Charge. By comparison, Tesla offers the best in segment combined range of 126 miles. Most of the EVs offer better range and faster charging than the Leaf.

2017 Nissan Leaf electric Interior

7.3/10

Easy to enter and spacious once seated, but the driving position isn't great for folks taller than average height. Clumsy shifter, navigation and climate system controls, and the cargo compartment's ultimate utility is compromised by an intrusive chassis component and a poor seat-folding design. - Edmunds

2017 Leaf Seating and Comfort

The Leaf hatchback offers a roomy interior to set five people. The doors open wide and front seats offer comfortable seating. The standard heated front seats are pleasant but the driver's seat is too high. Leaf gets high marks for rear legroom and the rear seat can reasonably accommodate tall passengers. On the downside are the far placed tilt-only steering wheel, clumsy shifter, and climate controls.

The interior materials do not justify the starting price. The EV components compromise the utility factor in the leaf, leaving less room for the cargo. However, the outward visibility is good, thanks to ample glass housing and a low hood. 

Model

2017 Nissan Leaf

2017 Tesla Model 3

2017 BMW i3

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Passenger capacity

5

5

4

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

41.2/54.3/42.1

39.6/56.3/42.7

39.6/53.6/40.5

39.7/54.6/41.6

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.3/52.5/33.3

37.7/54.0/35.2

37.2/49.2/31.9

37.9/52.8/36.5

Interior Features

Some of the cool features on the inside of the Nissan Leaf are listed below.

  • 60/40 split-folding seats.
  • 5-inch center display.
  • Front heated seats.
  • NissanConnect EV telematics system (available with SV and SL trim levels only).
  • Automatic climate control.
  • Optional Bose audio system.
  • Seats are made of environment-friendly, sustainable materials.

2017 Leaf Infotainment System

The 2017 Leaf comes with a standard 5-inch central display, Bluetooth connectivity, and a USB port for streaming audio. With SV and SL trims upgrade the infotainment system to a 7-inch touchscreen, navigation, and NissanConnect, Nissan's web-connectivity system. Both the interfaces are easy to use. Also, the higher trims can be had with a Premium package, which includes a Bose audio system and a 360-degree camera system.

2017 Leaf Cargo Capacity

The Leaf offers 23.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat, which is generous in the hatchback class. However, the split-folding seating expands the space up to 30 cubic feet which is less in the class. 

Model

2017 Nissan Leaf

2017 Tesla Model 3

2017 BMW i3

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Trunk Volume 

23.6 ft.3

15.0 ft.3

15.1 ft.3

16.9 ft.3

Also, Nissan Leaf does not offer much space in the door pockets and center console box. Most EVs suffer from this lack of utility due to more EV components placed. By comparison, the 2017 LEaf leads the with most space behind the back seat. 

2017 Nissan Leaf electric Exterior

4.0/10

The 2017 Nissan Leaf's squat 5-door hatchback design looks sleek and futuristic despite its age, and if anything is something of a familiar presence. While not particularly exciting, it stands out thanks to its lighting treatments. The headlights sweep way into the body, and the taillights form part of the entire rear design of the car, standing tall against the hatch. - Kelley Blue Book

2017 Leaf Dimensions and Weight

Certainly, the Nissan Leaf has a unique and distinctive design, that looks polarising to most shoppers. Nissan has done a good job as the five-door hatchback is a more practical package the other EVs on the market. On the outside, the sloping hood offers a rectangular electric charging port instead of a grille. The front LED headlight runs almost up to the front pillars. At the rear, the LED taillights flank the tailgate.

The base Leaf S rides on 16-inch steel wheels while the SV gains alloy wheels. The SL, meanwhile, adds LED headlights, and fog lights.

Model

2017 Nissan Leaf

2017 Tesla  Model 3

2017 BMW i3

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Curb weight

3323 lbs.

3549 lbs.

2961 lbs.

3563 lbs.

Length

175.0"

184.8"

157.0"

164.0"

Width

69.7"

72.8"

70.0"

69.5"

Height

61.0"

56.8"

62.0"

62.8"

Ground clearance

6.3"

5.5"

5.5"

6.0"

Wheelbase

106.3"

113.2"

101.0"

102.4"

Exterior Features

Some of the cool features on the outside of the Nissan Leaf are listed below.

  • Steel wheels.
  • Rearview camera.
  • LED headlights. (Available with the SL trim level only).

2017 Nissan Leaf electric Safety

5.7/10

The 2017 Leaf earned top scores in four IIHS crash-test but received a Poor grade for its performance in the driver’s side small overlap front category. The NHTSA rated the 2017 Leaf in only two categories (frontal crash and rollover), giving it four out of five stars in each.

The Leaf lacks most of the advanced safety features. A rearview camera comes standard, and some models may have a 360-degree parking camera. The Leaf isn't available with a front crash warning system.

Safety Features

Some of the safety features of the Nissan Leaf are listed below.

  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Blind Spot Sensor
  • Forward Collision and Rear Collision
  • Left Side Camera
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag
  • Power Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Front Camera
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Front And Rear Parking Sensors

2017 Nissan Leaf electric Competition

2017 Nissan Leaf vs 2017 BMW i3

The BMW i3 and Nissan LEaf share some similarities, especially the power ratings and the acceleration times. However, the BMW's EV hatch offers better driving dynamics with a slightly more electric driving range than the Leaf.  The Nissan, on the other hand, is more spacious, can carry 5 passengers, one more than the BMW.

In terms of practicality, Nissan is an overall better package but the i3 is more luxurious inside with more tech and multimedia features. In terms of starting prices, the BMW i3 costs $14450 more than the Nissan Leaf. 

2017 Nissan Leaf vs 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV.

The Chevy boasts 238 miles from its Bolt EV, and certainly eclipse the Leaf for a slightly more starting price. Until the Chevrolet released Bolt EV, LEaf was a sensible choice but there is a better alternative to it.  The Chevy not only makes more power but offers more space inside the cabin.

On the flip side, the Nissan offers a larger trunk and costs about $6000 less than the Nissan, If you can stretch your budget by $6000 then you should definitely go for the Chevy Bolt. If not, the Leaf is also a good proposition.

2017 Nissan Leaf electric Final Verdict

The Nissan Leaf came into the market as a futuristic car. One of the best-selling EVs in the market, the name of the Nissan Leaf instantly pops into your mind when you think of EVs. Such is the impact of the car which can be considered as the first true electric vehicle.

The current version of the Leaf is still based on the 2011 platform which is slowly aging. More players have made their way into the market that offers better features and are equipped with advanced technology. In spite of being based on an older platform, the Leaf still gives a tough competition to these newer cars. The Leaf desperately needs an upgrade and it will be interesting to see what Nissan would do to help the Leaf regain the spot of the best-selling electric vehicle.