2022 Nissan Leaf electric

MSRP $27,400 - $37,400

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2022 Nissan Leaf electric Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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While Tesla set the tone for EVs, the Nissan Leaf fueled EVs' growth in the hatchback segment. It is the world's first mass-produced electric car with a long range that is affordable and incredibly fun to drive. From its first generation forward, it has been a reliable and affordable zero-emission solution for environmentally conscious drivers. Offering a wide range of features and comfort at an affordable price, Nissan Leaf is highly successful. 

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Traditional styling

Well-appointed and spacious cabin

Standard features galore

Rapid acceleration


A less comprehensive range than the competition

The cabin has mediocre and hard plastics

What's New?

Nissan's Leaf remains unchanged for 2022

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vehicle bio

base price



4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity



front wheel drive

engine type


147 hp @ 3283 rpm


236 lb.-ft.


1-Speed Direct Drive


suspension front


suspension rear

Torsion Beam

brake rotors (f/r)

11.1/11.5 in.



106.3 in.


176.4 in.


70.5 in.


61.4 in.

curb weight

3516 lbs.

ground clearance

5.9 in.


passenger volume

92.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

30 cu ft.

payload capacity

992 lbs.

fuel economy


NA/111/123 mpg


roadside assistance


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S$27,400 onwards

  • 60/40-Split folding rear seats
  • Automatic headlights
  • Height-Adjustable driver's seat
  • Illuminated and locking charge port
  • Rear spoiler
  • Remote cabin preheating/precooling

SV$28,800 onwards

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel
  • Navigation system

S PLUS$32,400 onwards

  • 8-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • Automatic climate control
  • Automatic headlights
  • Four USB ports
  • Keyless entry

SV PLUS$35,400 onwards

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Foglights
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel
  • Navigation system

SL PLUS$37,400 onwards

  • Leather upholstery
  • Seven-speaker Bose audio system

Colors and Styles

2022 Nissan Leaf electric in Brilliant Silver Metallic color
Brilliant Silver Metallic

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Pricing and Features




Engine and Performance


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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


Overall Rating

If you look solely at range versus cost, the Nissan Leaf is a good deal- Edmunds

Since the Nissan Leaf was last updated in 2020, it will have no exterior or interior changes for 2022 but Nissan reduced the prices for the 2022 Leaf, making it the most affordable EV car. Nissan also updated the standard feature list. It is roomy and practical enough to make you forget it's an electric car. The Leaf is fun to drive but don't expect a quick straight-line acceleration. 

Since it is an EV, buyers will largely benefit from cheap maintenance costs due to the absence of a gasoline engine. Considering all costs such as repair depreciation, insurance, fuel, and maintenance, you can expect at least $8,000 every year, which is very less than its rivals.  Nissan is currently offering a 0% APR finance offer for up to 60 months. 


Engine and Performance

Fuel Economy





2022 Nissan Leaf electric Buying Advice

The SV Plus model is definitely value for money as it now comes standard with the Technology package which was previously optional. Besides this, you also get an 8-way power driver's seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, driver awareness assistance, and a 360-degree camera. Moreover, the larger battery pack means a better driving range. 

2022 Nissan Leaf electric Features


The S comes with a generous equipment level in terms of luxury, safety, and driver-assistance features- Carbuzz

The Nissan Leaf is available in five trim levels: S, SV, S Plus, SV Plus, and SL Plus. Two battery configurations are offered with these five trims. The S and SV trims feature the 40 kWh battery pack while the Plus trims boast the 62 kWh battery pack with a much powerful motor. Each of the five trim levels comes standard with a variety of technology and safety features.

The biggest news this year is the price reduction for the 2022 Leaf. Prices have been reduced significantly between $4,200 and $6,500 on all trims. With a starting price of $27,400, the 2022 Leaf is currently the cheapest EV one could buy in America.  Add to that a $975 destination fee. Also, factor in the $7,500 tax credit and any other incentives your state offers. 




S Plus

SV Plus

SL Plus



$28,800 $32,400 $35,400 $37,400

Key Features

Push-button start

Adds/ Upgrades to S trim

Adds/ Upgrades to SV trim Adds/ Upgrades to S Plus trim Adds/ Upgrades to SV Plus trim

4-speaker audio system

Heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel

100 kW quick-charge port

8-way power driver's seat Leather upholstery
  Automatic climate control

6-speaker audio system

62 kWh lithium-ion battery

Auto-dimming rearview mirror Cargo cover
  8-inch touchscreen w/ Android Auto & Apple CarPlay

Navigation system with over-the-air updates


Driver awareness assistance

LED turn signals integrated into outside mirrors

  Satellite radio

Heated front seats


360-degree camera 7-speaker Bose premium audio system

16-inch steel wheels

17-inch alloy wheels


ProPilot Assist  
  Proximity keyless entry

Adaptive cruise control


LED headlights


  Voice recognition Fog lights    


  Cloth upholstery Heated exterior mirrors      

The Technology package which was previously optional on the SV Plus trim is now made standard. This package includes an auto-dimming rearview mirror, LED headlights, an 8-way power driver's eat, ProPilot Assist, driver awareness assistance, and a 360-degree camera. This package is also available on the SV trim for $1,490. 

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2022 Nissan Leaf electric Engine and Performance


The Leaf is snappy right off the line and has excellent mid-range passing power- Kelly Blue Book

The 2022 Nissan Leaf offers the same motoring options as its predecessor. The S and SV models are powered by a 40kWh battery pack and an electric motor rated at 147 hp and 236 lb-ft. of torque. In contrast, the Plus trims have a larger battery that holds 62kWh, as well as a more powerful motor that produces 214 hp and 250 lb-ft. of torque. Power from both electric motors is sent straight to the front wheels through single-speed direct drives. 

The tires have such low rolling resistance. Hence, they can't grip enough and as a result, squeal so much. But that doesn't mean that the Leaf doesn't handle well. The batteries are located low in the frame and that lowers the center of gravity. The ride is plush; it rolls a lot but it is controllable. The steering is quick and precise. In reality, the Leaf isn't particularly fast. It takes 7.4 seconds to sprint to 60 MPH and 15.4 seconds to cover the quarter-mile mark. 

The Leaf Plus models may feel a little fast. It completes the same sprint in 6.5 seconds but it lacks a sporty feel. The brakes feel natural went though they are using electric regeneration. Nissan doesn't let you control the level of regenerative braking like other EVs. The Leaf has a B-mode like every other EV that causes stronger deceleration but the e-Pedal can bring the Leaf to a full stop. In the brake test, the Leaf took 121 feet to halt from 60 MPH. 


2022 Nissan Leaf

2022 Tesla Model 3*

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2022 Hyundai Kona Electric







Electric Motor

Electric Motor

Electric Motor

Electric Motor







1-Speed Direct Drive

1-Speed Direct Drive

1-Speed Direct Drive

1-Speed Direct Drive


147 hp

283 hp

200 hp

201 hp


236 lb-ft. 

307 lb-ft. 

266 lb-ft

291 lb-ft.

0-60 MPH

7.4 sec

5.8 sec

6.5 sec

6.4 sec

Quarter Mile 

15.4 sec

13.8 sec

14.9 sec

15.0 sec

Top Speed 

106 MPH

140 MPH

110 MPH

110 MPH

*2021MY data used for reference

The Tesla Model 3 differentiates itself from all other vehicles in its class with its power outputs and performance stats. But, of course, it is one pricey option. The performance of the Hyundai Kona and the Chevy Bolt EV is more or less than the same. The Leaf is definitely underpowered but it is more affordable and value for money than its rivals. 

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2022 Nissan Leaf electric Fuel Economy


The Leaf's range is disappointing when measured against the Tesla 3 Long Range- Carbuzz

The Nissan Leaf is known for its fuel efficiency, delivering a substantial range even for its base models. The models with a 40 kWh battery capacity have an EPA-estimated MPGe rating of 123 in the city, 99 on a highway, and 111 combined. The Plus trims are equipped with a 62 kWh battery pack and hence, the economy drops down to 114/94/104. 

With the base models, the battery will last around 149 miles, while the plus models with bigger batteries will go 226 miles on a single charge. The Leaf also gets a quick-charging port and a portable charging cable as standard this year. With this quick-charge port, you can get the Leaf charged to 80% in just 40 minutes whereas the Plus models take 45 minutes. 


2022 Nissan Leaf

2022 Tesla Model 3*

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2022 Hyundai Kona Electric

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MPGe (Combined)





Battery Capacity (kWh) 40 50 65 64

Range (Miles)





*2021MY data used for reference

The Tesla Model 3 has the best fuel ratings and driving range in this competition. The Chevy Bolt and the Hyundai Kona offer almost identical MPGe ratings and driving ranges. The Leaf, in its base form, has the lowest economy in comparison to its rivals. Therefore, choose the Plus model if you travel long distances regularly. 

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2022 Nissan Leaf electric Interior


The interior materials in the Nissan Leaf look a grade better than those of its predecessor- Edmunds

A great deal of popularity has surrounded the Nissan Leaf's well-engineered interior with a strong focus on practicality. Although there are no wood grains or chrome inserts available, the cabin overall does not feel cheap. You can choose between conventional driving mode and advanced driving mode with the drive mode selector, but there is no shifter. The selector's unique design makes it look as futuristic as the car in which it is mounted.

Leather-trimmed seats with contrast stitching are only available on the top-end SL Plus model. The seats are well-padded and are supportive enough to accommodate adults. Only the driver's seat can be power-adjusted in 8 ways but you also get other comfort features like a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, etc. There is ample head and legroom in both rows to accommodate five people. Overall, the cabin is handsome and comfortable. 

Every Leaf comes standard with an 8-inch touchscreen for the NissanConnect infotainment system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard connectivity features. The interface responds to inputs quickly and intuitively, despite not being particularly pleasing to the eye. The top-tier SL Plus trim features a 7-speaker Bose premium audio system, resulting in a very dynamic and satisfying sound while lower trims settle for 4 and 6-speaker stereo. 


2022 Nissan Leaf

2022 Tesla Model 3*

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2022 Hyundai Kona Electric

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





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





Cargo Volume (cu-ft.)





*2021MY data used for reference

A standard cargo volume of 23.6 cubic feet for the Leaf is significantly more than its rivals. When the rear seats are folded down, 30 cubic feet of cargo space can be availed of. The total cargo room available is worse than its rivals. You get to store only three large bags. Some of the main interior features are:

  • Heated leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Heated front seats
  • Cloth & leather upholstery 
  • 8-way power driver's seat
  • Automatic climate control
  • Push-button start
  • Proximity keyless entry
  • 8-inch touchscreen w/ smartphone integration
  • 7-speaker Bose sound system
  • Voice recognition

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2022 Nissan Leaf electric Exterior


The second-generation Leaf looks far less cartoonish than the original model- Edmunds

The Nissan Leaf's exterior design is simplistic and uniform in style. There are no sharp edges or surface features, creating the appearance of a pod created by the low, sleek silhouette of the vehicle. This car was designed in part by Nissan's "clean sheet" strategy, which had been applied in its early days, and also by studies of zero-emission vehicles on the market. Every part of the vehicle is awash with clean, geometric lines, from the nose to the tip of the high-tech spoiler at the back.

On the second generation, Nissan has introduced a deeper V-shaped grille similar to other Nissan models, and the rear trim panel has been blacked out so that it appears the roof is sweeping above the ground. All but the Plus variants come with 16-inch wheels, while the Plus models have 17-inch alloy wheels. The vehicle is raised by 5.9 inches while the 106.3-inch wheelbase is slightly wider than its rivals to offer a stable and comfortable ride. 


2022 Nissan Leaf

2022 Tesla Model 3*

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2022 Hyundai Kona Electric

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,516 3,582 3,589


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*2021MY data used for reference

Due to its sedan profile, the Tesla Model 3 is the longest car measuring 184.8 inches while its wheelbase sports 113.2 inches. The Chevy Bolt EV and the Hyundai Kona have identical wheelbase and yet, the former offers more rear legroom than the latter. The Leaf weighs less than its rivals but its on-road performance is a disappointment. Some exterior features are:

  • Chrome V-motion grille
  • LED headlights with DRLs
  • Fog lights
  • 16/17-inch steel/alloy wheels
  • Black rear roofline spoiler
  • Chrome door handles
  • Black window trim
  • Heated exterior mirrors

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2022 Nissan Leaf electric Safety


Nissan's Safety Shield 360 suite of driver-assistance features are standard across the lineup- CarAndDriver

Only NHTSA has paid attention to the 2022 Nissan Leaf. It gave an overall safety rating of five out of five stars. Individually, it scored four stars for the frontal and rollover crash tests and full five stars for the side-impact crash test. IIHS is yet to conduct crash tests on the Leaf but we expect the ratings to be the same as the outgoing model as there are no structural changes. 

With the Leaf, you gain access to plenty of driver assistance and safety features. Nissan's ProPilot Assist is a semi-autonomous driving system that can accelerate, steer and brake the car, provided your hands and legs are on the steering wheel and pedal. This system is now standard on the SV Plus trim. The hatchback also includes a suite of 10 airbags. Some main safety features are:

  • Lane keep assist
  • Lane departure warning
  • Auto forward & rear braking w/ pedestrian detection
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Forward collision warning
  • High-beam assist
  • Driver awareness assistance
  • 360-degree camera
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Rearview camera

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2022 Nissan Leaf electric Competition


2022 Nissan Leaf vs 2022 Tesla Model 3

Although the Leaf and the Tesla Model 3 are both popular electric cars, they have different advantages. Its luxurious interior and more battery options make the Model 3 more expensive than the Leaf. The Model 3's range lies between 263 and 353 miles, which is considerably longer than other electric cars. Moreover, its driving dynamics and acceleration are more of a sports car but it is a lot costlier. 

2022 Tesla Model 3

2022 Nissan Leaf vs 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV

In comparison to the Leaf, the Chevrolet Bolt EV has a longer range, more comfortable seating, and almost twice as much cargo space. Additionally, the Bolt comes standard with a larger touch screen, while Nissan compensates by including a higher level of safety technology. Nissan's Leaf isn't a bad choice, but if you can afford it, the more well-rounded Bolt EV may be worth the extra price tag.

2022 Chevy Bolt EV

2022 Nissan Leaf vs 2022 Hyundai Kona Electric

Although the Hyundai Kona Electric was introduced recently, it has already earned a decent reputation for its class-leading range. It also offers a comfortable ride and better acceleration than the Leaf. The cargo space in the Kona is much better but the Leaf has an upper hand in terms of safety. Though it's lacking in features, power, and range, the Leaf is still the most affordable and value-for-money EV on the market. 

2022 Hyundai Kona Electric

2022 Nissan Leaf electric Final Verdict

It is no secret that the Nissan Leaf is one of the most popular electric hatchbacks available today. Its strong brand value, lower base price, and position in the hatchback sector will surely propel the Leaf sales to new heights in 2022. With the Leaf, everyday commutes and daily living will be enhanced, and you will experience the thrill of the future like never before.

2022 Nissan Leaf FAQs

What is the life expectancy of the Nissan Leaf?

The Nissan Leaf has a lifespan of up to 300,000 miles. 

What is the range of the 2022 Nissan Leaf?

The lower trims can drive up to 149 miles while higher trims with a larger battery pack can deliver 226 miles of range. 

Can a Nissan Leaf use a Tesla charger?

Tesla charges have proprietary connectors that can only be connected to Tesla vehicles. 

How much does it cost to replace a battery on the Nissan Leaf?

It may cost up to $5,500 including battery replacement and labor costs. 

How much does it cost to fully charge a Nissan Leaf?

It costs $5.14 on average to fully charge a Nissan Leaf. 

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