2023 Nissan Leaf electric

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$30,925

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Key Spec of 2023 Nissan Leaf electric
fuel economy

NA/111/123

fuel type

Electric

horsepower

201 hp

basic warranty

-

ProsConsWhat's New

Affordable price tag

Average driving range

Revised exterior styling

Surprisingly low ownership costs

Not-so-great cabin materials

Three trims deleted

Spacious cabin with comfortable seats

Charging port is not compatible with all public charging stations

Striking exterior design

Plenty of standard features

User-friendly infotainment system

2023 Nissan Leaf electric Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 31, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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Even before Tesla disrupted the EV industry, Nissan played its cards right and brought the Leaf back in 2010. Furthermore, the Leaf went on to become the best-selling plug-in electric vehicle of all time only to be beaten by the Tesla Model 3 recently in 2020. Coming to the car, it is currently the most affordable yet tech-rich EV in the market, and still enjoys a federal tax benefit of around $7,500 along with other state-wise incentives. During the major redesign back in 2018, the car received a much-needed design upgrade along with technological upgrades as well such as getting a bigger battery pack for more driving range along with more power figures from the motors.

2023 Nissan Leaf electric Latest Updates

  • Apr' 14, 2022 : Nissan Reveals The Updated 2023 Leaf EV With A New Face And Simplified Trims Read More »
  • Feb' 19, 2022 : Nissan's Canton Plant Will Produce 2 All-New All-Electric Models With An Investment of $500 Million Read More »

Over All Rating

0.0

Out of 10

Notable Rankings

#0 in Hatchback


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S$30,925 Est. onwards


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Colors and Styles

2023 Nissan Leaf electric in Alloy Silver Metallic color
Alloy Silver Metallic

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The 2023 Nissan Leaf is expected to arrive with a facelift that includes a redesigned front grille, redesigned front bumper, and revised exterior lighting. The chrome Nissan logo will be swapped out with a cool illuminated one as well. Moreover, the car will see three of its trim levels deleted, leaving it with only two trims. The base price for the 2023 Leaf is expected to start at $28,895 which undercuts some prominent EVs in the market. In its class, the Nissan Leaf will rival the Tesla Model 3, the Chevrolet Bolt EV, and the Hyundai Kona Electric.


Features

The 2023 Nissan Leaf hatchback will see a facelift along with the deletion of three of its trims as well. Hence, the upcoming model will be left with only two trims which are the base S and the relatively posh SV Plus. The price of the base S trim is expected to start at $28,895 including the taxes. The S trim is too sparsely equipped with features that include basic ones such as keyless entry and ignition, an adjustable steering column, automatic headlamps, and cruise control. The top-end SV Plus brings in a lot of features, but for quite a premium as well. The features include heated ORVMs, upgraded 17-inch wheels with multi-spoke design, LED headlamps and LED DRLs, 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with heating for front seats, heat pump, auto-dimming IRVM, and adaptive cruise control among a few others.

Trims

S

SV Plus

MSRP

$28,895

$35,800

Key Features

Rear spoiler

17-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels

Adjustable steering column

Heated ORVMs

Automatic headlamps

LED headlamps with LED DRLs

Keyless entry and ignition

Heated front seats with 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat

Cruise control

Heat pump

Reverse camera

Auto-dimming IRVM

360-degree camera system

Adaptive cruise control

Steering assistance

We Recommend

The base S trim is only recommended if you’re on a budget constraint. Else, the SV Plus trim is the best one to go for since it offers more power and driving range apart from the handsome list of features.

Release Date

The 2023 Nissan Leaf has been released and is expected to go on sale by fall 2022.

Engine and Performance

Electric vehicles have garnered enough fame for being incredibly zippy and fun to drive, especially within the city limits due to their instantaneous torque delivery. Despite being an affordable car, the Nissan Leaf also possesses the same traits and gets two powertrain options. The base S trim gets a 110-kW AC synchronous electric motor that puts out a maximum of 147 horsepower along with 236 lb-ft of torque. The top-end SV Plus trim gets a 160-kW AC synchronous electric motor that dials up the power output to 214 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque. With the second powertrain under the hood, the SV Plus can accelerate from 0 to 60mph in a decent 6.9 seconds along with a quarter-mile sprint time of 14.4 seconds. Despite the increased power output, the Leaf feels uneasy at highway speeds due to its low top speed with which it struggles to keep up with the fast-paced highway traffic sometimes. However, inside the cities, the Leaf feels adequately powerful and all of the 250 lb-ft of torque is available right from the get-go.

Models

2023 Nissan Leaf

2022 Tesla Model 3

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2022 Hyundai Kona Electric

MSRP

$35,800

$44,990

$31,000

$34,000

Engine

Single Electric Motor

Single Electric Motor

SIngle Electric Motor

SIngle Electric Motor

Drivetrain

FWD

RWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

1-Speed Direct Drive

1-Speed Direct Drive

1-Speed Direct Drive

1-Speed Direct Drive

Power 

214 hp

271 hp

200 hp

201 hp

Torque 

250 lb-ft. 

310 lb-ft. 

266 lb-ft

291 lb-ft.

0-60 MPH

6.9 seconds

5.8 seconds

6.5 seconds

6.4 seconds

Quarter Mile 

14.4 seconds

13.8 seconds

14.9 seconds

15.0 seconds

Top Speed 

110 MPH

140 MPH

110 MPH

110 MPH

The Tesla Model 3 is the priciest option here and is both quickest and the fastest one as well. Moreover, it feels quite effortless to drive while driving out on the highways as well. The Chevrolet Bolt is slightly less priced than the Leaf SV Plus but offers similar performance to the latter. The Hyundai Kona Electric has a similar performance to both the Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Bolt and feels more comfortable inside the city limits only.

2023 Nissan Leaf Ride and Handling

The Nissan Leaf has its battery placed under the seats, which gives it an advantage in the handling department. The suspension is tuned to offer a comfortable ride over most surfaces while the elevated driving position gives excellent all-round visibility. Despite the comfort-oriented tuning, the Leaf also feels quite agile too around the twists and turns, giving that fun-to-drive factor. The steering feels precise and direct along with feeling light and effortless at low speeds.

2023 Nissan Leaf Braking Performance

Compact city cars usually get small brakes which are adequate to tame them whereas electric vehicles amp up the scenario with regenerative braking. The 2023 Nissan Leaf will get the E-Pedal mode like the current model where you can drive the car practically with the gas pedal only. Moreover, you can also set the regen level for more aggressive braking once you lift your foot off the gas pedal. The Leaf gets a pair of 11.1-inch rotors at the front along with 11.5-inch rotors at the rear, which are capable of stopping the car from 60mph within 140 feet.

Model

2023 Nissan Leaf

2022 Tesla Model 3

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2022 Hyundai Kona Electric

Brake Rotors (front) (in)

11.1

12.6

15

12

Brake Rotors (rear) (in)

11.5

13.2

15

11.8

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,538

3,648

3,589

3,715

60-0 (-ft)

140

152

128

134

The Tesla Model 3 also gets regenerative braking but has a much bigger set of brakes than the Leaf. Despite that, the Model 3 comes to a complete stop within 152 feet, a disappointing performance among its rivals. The Chevrolet Bolt EV has an almost similar curb weight to the Leaf but gets huge 15-inch rotors on all four wheels. As a result, the Bolt EV comes to a halt within 128 feet only, one of the best braking performances in the segment at present. The Hyundai Kona Electric gets a pair of 12-inch rotors up front along with 11.8-inch rotors at the rear and has an average braking performance with a stopping distance of 134 feet.

Fuel Economy

During its launch, the Nissan Leaf was criticized for its lackluster driving range figures even though they were average for the class and the price the car came at. Fast-forward to 2022, the Leaf still has an average driving range to offer, especially with its base S trim but things have improved vastly with the addition of the higher SV Plus trim. The SV Plus gets a bigger 62-kWh lithium-ion battery pack which offers an average city driving range of 121 miles along with a highway driving range of 98 miles. The total driving range according to the EPA is rated at 212 miles, a significant improvement over the base trim’s 149-mile range. Charging the Nissan Leaf would be a time-consuming affair if you opt for the regular 120-volt household outlet. The household outlet would take about 2.5 days to fully charge the vehicle by adding a few miles to the driving range every hour. Stepping up to the 240-volt output reduces the time to 12 hours for the bigger 60kWh battery and about 9 hours for the smaller 40kWh battery. DC fast charging charges the Leaf from zero to 80 percent in about 40 minutes. Alternatively, you can use Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3 public charging stations while out on the roads. Disappointingly, the Nissan Leaf requires a CHAdeMO connection while charging through DC chargers whereas a majority of the EVs have shifted to the more commonly used CCS connector.

Models

2023 Nissan Leaf

2022 Tesla Model 3

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2022 Hyundai Kona Electric

MPGe (City)

121

150

131

132

MPGe (Highway)

99

133

109

108

MPGe (Combined)

111

142

120

120

Battery Capacity (kWh)

40

50

65

64

Range (Miles)

212

250

259 

258 

As usual, the Tesla Model 3 offers the best city driving range along with the highest highway driving range here despite having a 50kWh battery only. However, its total driving range is just at par with the rivals at 250 miles. The Chevrolet Bolt EV has over 10 miles more of city range than the Leaf here along with an additional 9 miles of highway range as well. In terms of total mileage, it even beats the Tesla Model 3’s Standard Range model’s 250-mile range, with its 259-mile of total driving range. The Hyundai Kona Electric is almost identical to the Chevrolet Bolt EV in almost every aspect starting from the battery capacity to the city and overall driving range numbers.

Interior

The interior of the Nissan Leaf is where the car exudes most of its budget feeling with mediocre cabin materials. The cabin feels robust with all the panels solidly put together and you’d be surprised by the silence you’ll get inside the car even at highway speeds. At the front, the Leaf offers plenty of headroom and legroom, even for tall adults and the seats are comfortable for long journeys too. The overall design is user-friendly and well within the reach of the driver as well. However, the design has started to show its age when compared to the newer and updated rivals out there. The rear seats are comfortable too with an adequate amount of headroom and legroom on offer. The cargo capacity behind the rear seats is impressive at 23.6 cu-ft. Feature-wise, the base S trim only gets a few convenience features such as a cargo area organizer, adjustable steering column, and keyless ignition. The SV Plus sets things on track with more features such as an 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat along with heating for both the driver’s seat and front passenger seat, and a heat pump that helps to keep the cabin warm.

Models

2023 Nissan Leaf

2022 Tesla Model 3

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2022 Hyundai Kona Electric

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

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

41.2/54.3/42.1

40.3/56.3/42.7

40.1/54.7/41.6

39.6/55.5/41.5

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

37.3/52.5/33.5

37.7/54.0/35.2

37.9/52.8/36.5

37.7/54.5/33.4

Cargo Volume (cu-ft.)

23.6

15.0

16.9

19.2

The Tesla Model 3 walks a different path with its interior design. There are practically no buttons on the inside apart from the indicator stalks and the steering-mounted buttons. A huge centrally-mounted infotainment screen dominates the dashboard that houses all the controls and settings of the car. Interior space is adequate for both the front and rear passengers while the cargo capacity behind the rear seats is average at 15 cu-ft. The Chevrolet Bolt EV’s cabin looks and feels surprisingly good for the class and the price it comes at, and a lot different than the interior designs we see on other Chevy vehicles. The interior space is at par with the rivals here and the same goes for the cargo capacity as well. The Hyundai Kona Electric gets a typical cabin design you’d find inside other updated vehicles from the brand. Even though the headroom is slightly tighter than what you’d find inside the rivals here, the space is adequate at the most.

Some of the key interior features available with the 2023 Nissan Leaf include:

  • Adjustable steering column
  • 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Heat pump
  • Keyless ignition
  • Auto-dimming IRVM

How intuitive is the 2023 Nissan Leaf’s infotainment system?

The 2023 Nissan Leaf might be ill-equipped in its base form, but its infotainment system tells a different tale. As standard, the system offers an 8-inch touchscreen display with a user-friendly interface. The display is bright and the menu options are arranged for easy access as well. In terms of features, the system gets standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay along with satellite radio, Bluetooth, a four-speaker audio system, one USB port, and a six-speaker audio system on the SV Plus trim.

Some of the most notable infotainment features available with the 2023 Nissan Leaf include:

  • 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • Satellite radio
  • USB port
  • 4-speaker/6-speaker audio system
Exterior

The 2023 Nissan Leaf will arrive with an updated exterior styling that includes a slightly redesigned front grille, a redesigned front bumper, and redesigned exterior lighting. After entering its second-generation mode, the Leaf already looks quite aggressive with Nissan’s latest V-shaped grille design which you’d find on other vehicles from the brand’s stable. The wheels will get an updated multi-spoke design, giving the car an additional dose of coolness. The side profile of the car remains as streamlined as possible with a couple of subtle character lines flowing across the doors from the front fenders to the rear fenders. The rear end of the car gets a unique design with a black treatment at the middle of the liftgate. The charging ports of the car are placed on the nose of the car with a cover that sits flush with the front fascia of the Leaf.

Models

2023 Nissan Leaf

2022 Tesla Model 3

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2022 Hyundai Kona Electric

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,538

3,582

3,589

3,715 

Length (in)

176.4

184.8

163.2

165.6

Width (in)

70.5

72.8

69.5

70.9

Height (in)

61.6

56.8

63.4

61.2

Ground Clearance (in)

5.9

5.5

5.5

6.2

Wheelbase (in)

106.3

113.2

102.4

102.4

The Tesla Model 3’s exterior design stands out from the crowd with a unique, front grille-less design while it looks slightly similar to the Model S from behind. It has the longest wheelbase and is the longest one here as well. The Chevrolet Bolt EV looks like a sci-fi movie car due to its front-end design while from the back, it gets a similar black treatment on its liftgate as the Leaf. It is the most compact one here, both on paper and in real life as well. The Hyundai Kona Electric has a similar design to the regular Kona SUV minus the front grille, giving it a more streamlined appearance. Surprisingly, it has the highest ground clearance among the rivals it competes with here.

Some standout exterior features include:

  • Halogen/LED headlamps with auto on/off
  • Heated ORVMs
  • 17-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels
  • Rear window defrost
  • Premium paint(SV Plus trim only)
  • LED DRLs
Safety

The 2023 Nissan Leaf will come with an excellent safety aspect since there will be no upgrade in that area over the current model. The 2022 Leaf scored a perfect 5-star rating from the NHTSA; however, the IIHS did not crash test the car completely. Apart from having the basic safety aids in place, the car additionally gets forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and rear automatic braking. The SV PLus trim further gets adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree camera system, and a steering assist for the adaptive cruise control system.

Some of the standout safety features include:

  • Automatic emergency braking and Pedestrian detection
  • Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert 
  • Rear automatic braking
  • 360-degree camera system 
  • Adaptive cruise control with steering assistance
  • Brake assist
  • Electronic stability control
Competition

2023 Nissan Leaf vs 2022 Tesla Model 3

The Tesla Model 3 is one of the best out there in terms of performance and comfort but carries a hefty price tag than most of the rivals in this class. In terms of safety too, the car single-handedly beats a majority of the offerings in the segment as well. However, the Leaf is more compact than the Model S due to its hatchback-style design, making it easier to drive within tight spaces and congested city traffic.

2023 Nissan Leaf vs 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV

The Chevrolet Bolt EV was General Motors’ response to the Leaf and the Bolt has come a long way in terms of improvement as well. Apart from offering a better city and overall driving range numbers, the Bolt has a better and more compact design than the Leaf. The Bolt also enjoys comprehensive warranty coverage whereas the Leaf’s standard warranty coverage is mediocre given its price tag.

2023 Nissan Leaf vs 2022 Hyundai Kona Electric

Hyundai did a commendable job by electrifying the Kona for the EV markets while retaining the design and the practicality of the regular crossover. Moreover, the Kona offers a much better driving range and standard features considering its price and this is where the Leaf takes the back seat. In terms of design though, both the cars are quite competitive.

Final Verdict

Need an EV for your daily driving needs, especially within the city limits, the Nissan Leaf comes up as a potential option in the segment. The Leaf woos the budget-oriented shoppers with its affordable base S trim and it covers the basics such as having a well-equipped infotainment system and an impressive safety department. The higher SV Plus trim also relieved a considerable amount of range and performance woes with its bigger battery pack and a more powerful motor over the base trim. Overall, the Nissan Leaf offers good value for its price but for more driving range, you might take a second look at the Kona Electric or the Bolt EV.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$30925

body style

dr Hatchback

engine type
horse power

201 hp

torque

236 lb.-ft.

transmission

1-Speed Direct Drive

dimensions
length

176.4 in

wheelbase

106.3 in

width

70.5 in

curb weight

3516 lbs

Height

61.4 in

Ground Clearance

5.9 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

92.4 cu ft

cargo volume

30 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

NA/111/123 mpg


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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