The all-electric 2014 Nissan Leaf costs $180 more this year to accommodate a few new standard features for the base S model. This slight increase follows a significant price cut for the 2013 Nissan Leaf that jumpstarted sales of this electric hatchback—Nissan sold 22,610 copies of the Leaf in 2013, more than double the total number for 2012.
The 2014 Nissan Leaf S now starts at $29,830 with destination and adds a backup camera as standard equipment. As before, the Leaf S also includes Bluetooth, automatic climate control, keyless entry and pushbutton start, and a 3.6 kilowatt onboard charger. (The addition of the cut-price S trim level last year helped lower the Leaf's effective starting price.) Opting for the $32,850 2014 Nissan Leaf SV adds navigation, a 7.0-inch LCD screen, alloy wheels, cruise control, and a more powerful 6.6-kilowatt onboard charger. Finally, the top Nissan Leaf SL, which starts at $35,870, has 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, automatic headlights, leather seats, LED headlights, and a solar panel spoiler that can be used to power the climate control system when the car is turned off. A new premium package available on 2014 Leaf SV and SL adds Nissan’s AroundView Monitor 360-degree camera system and a seven-speaker Bose audio system.
Mechanically, the 2014 Nissan Leaf’s electric drivetrain remains the same for 2014, offering 75 miles of driving range as estimated by the EPA. The 80-kilowatt electric motor produces 107 hp and 187 lb-ft of torque and is powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. With the upgraded 6.6-kilowatt onboard charger, a full charge takes approximately five hours when connected to a 220V outlet, and the optional quick charge port can change the Leaf up to 80 percent battery capacity in 30 minutes.
The 2014 Nissan Leaf is on sale now.