2013 Nissan Leaf

S FWD 5-Dr Hatchback ELEC auto trans

2013 nissan leaf Reviews and News

2013 Nissan Leaf Front Right View
Almost two and a half years after its introduction, the Nissan Leaf's sweet spot may be in sight. The Leaf now exceeds Lotus's annual sales every month and soon will better Lotus and Maserati together. Meanwhile, there have been no reports of garage fires while the Leaf is charging, and the lithium-ion batteries that were baking last summer in Phoenix, impinging the performance of some Leafs, have enjoyed a rare winter that brought a snowfall to the Valley of the Sun.
While the saguaros were snow-covered, the new 475,000-square-foot Nissan Battery Plant came online at Smyrna, Tennessee. This beneficiary of a $1.4 billion Department of Energy loan is capable of adding to industry-wide overcapacity by some 200,000 packs annually. Leaf final assembly for the North American market moves from Oppama, Japan, to Nissan's adjacent Smyrna factory, where the electric runabout is built on the same line as the Altima and the Maxima.
As long as the next-generation battery plant was going in, Nissan took the opportunity to upgrade some important aspects of the Leaf. Or, as product planner Mike Higginbotham put it, "Localization really gave us an opportunity to revisit everything."
A different animal, if you will, from its predecessors, the 2013 Leaf is less platypus and more wombat. It promises greater agreeability in daily use because of new features. Additionally, it's not as pricey. There are now three models: the value-minded S ($29,650, including destination charge), the midrange SV ($32,670), and the leather-trimmed SL ($35,690), which rides quite nicely, thank you, on 17-inch aero-correct alloy wheels and Michelin Energy Saver A/S 215/50R-17 tires. Of course, the stickers don't reflect available federal and state subsidies, which kick back at least $7500 to the trendy young buyers -- some 2336 of them in March -- who just happen to average 750 on their credit scores, probably about the same as they rang up on their SATs.
The '13 Leaf is more aerodynamic and has lost about 150 pounds. It holds more cargo because the onboard charger, now available with 6.6 kW-capacity, moves under the hood from between the rear wheels. Greater range is promised after EPA testing is complete, although Nissan's proviso about actual range and decreasing battery output over time reads almost like the prose you'd find on a cigarette package.
The charging port's door in the nose now opens remotely from the key fob, a light inside the area eases nighttime hookup for either a DC fast-charger or a 220-volt connection, and an automatic locking feature secures the charger in place. (Nissan foresees a quantum jump in charging stations in coming years.) Available interior features include a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, a unique energy-efficient Bose sound system, and an "Eco Route" choice for the navigation.
The driving experience is pleasant, like listening to the Ray Coniff Singers perform the Beatles' Something. The field of view through the windshield is close to that from within an aerial tram -- although the scenery isn't as interesting -- and the steering is light without being vague. The available B-mode drive setting increases the level of regenerative braking, which translates to fun as you anticipate traffic's chaos with the aim of using the stopping pedal as little as possible.
When the Leaf was launched in December 2010, Nissan forecast the conquest of Toyota Prius customers and intimated that the appetite for an expensive small commuter car was rumbling like a cowpoke with a plate of beans. Then unknown was the soon-to-be-discovered fact that two-thirds of hybrid owners defect to conventional powertrains when trading for a new car. The notion of producing 150,000 Leafs annually in Smyrna was looking like Carlos Ghosn's Ishtar.
The battery plant went ahead anyway, and the lucky dogs involved in Nissan's marketing effort get to figure out how to sell this cute, better mousetrap. It has so many blue accents -- the wheel centers, the badges, even the tip of the dorsal antenna -- that it appears to be frosting up. Last December, Al Castignetti, vice president for sales, told Automotive News about the dealers' "need to go out and find the electric-car buyer in your market." We picture Diogenes, setting forth with his lantern in search of an honest man. But even with the upgrades, the Leaf is still too expensive and, without the government's generous support, no one would want it. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, the skeptical environmentalist himself, Bj¯rn Lomborg, recently revealed a devastating analysis of the EV's real carbon footprint: "If a typical electric car is driven 50,000 miles in its lifetime, the huge initial emissions from its manufacture means the car will actually have put more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere than a similar-size gasoline-powered car driven the same number of miles."
Might be great in a couple of decades, he suggests. Or chemistry, as others have said, might be destiny. Either way, for now we see strong appeal in less expensive competitors like the Ford Focus and the Hyundai Elantra. But if you want to take part in a moonshot, the Leaf is your launch vehicle.

2013 Nissan Leaf

Powertrain
Electric motor: 80 kW AC synchronous
Power: 107 hp
Torque: 187 lb-ft
Battery: 24 kWh lithium-ion
Transmission: Single-speed reducer
Drive: Front-wheel
Chassis
Steering: Electrically assisted rack-and-pinion
Suspension, Front: Independent MacPherson strut, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension, Rear: Torsion beam, stabilizer bar
Brakes: Four-wheel disc with regenerative capability, ABS
Tires: P215/50R-17 all-season (on SL)
Measurements
L x W x H: 175.0 x 69.7 x 61.0 in
Wheelbase: 106.3 in
Track F/R: 60.6/60.4 in
Weight: 3256-3340 lb
Cargo volume (rear seats up/down): 24.0/30.0 cu ft
Performance
0-60 MPH: N/A
Top Speed: N/A
EPA Mileage: N/A
2013 Nissan Leaf
2013 Nissan Leaf

New For 2013

Improved aerodynamics and better regenerative braking help boost the driving range. A new S trim level has very few options but allows the 2013 Leaf to slip below the $30,000 barrier.

Overview

Sales may not be living up to Nissan’s optimistic goals, but the Leaf is proving that many drivers can live with an EV on a day-to-day basis. It can perform like a normal car, exhibiting brisk acceleration from its instantly available 187 lb-ft of torque. To attract even more buyers, the 2013 Leaf has a lower entry price and an S trim level that slips below the $30,000 mark. It does without navigation and cruise control and rides on steel wheels. SV and SL models get an updated infotainment system with Pandora Internet radio, and a more efficient heater. The car is now rated at 75 miles of battery range per charge, up from 73 miles in prior years. Fully charging the battery still takes twenty-one hours on a household 120-volt outlet, but a new onboard charger cuts the time to four hours with a dedicated 220-volt outlet. The lack of engine noise makes the Leaf extremely quiet, so much so that it has a sound generator to alert pedestrians to the car’s presence at low speeds. With seating for five and generous headroom, the Leaf is fairly roomy inside. Its hatchback design provides a decent amount of cargo space, and the rear seats fold to accommodate larger loads. The Leaf abounds with technology. LED headlights, push-button start, Bluetooth connectivity, and touch-screen navigation are all standard. If you can get over the fear of running out of juice, the Leaf is an outstanding car for short urban commutes.

Safety

Front, side, and side curtain air bags are standard, as are stability and traction control, ABS with brake assist, and a tire-pressure monitoring system.

You'll like:

  • Nearly silent driving experience
  • A usable all-electric
  • Quick, smooth acceleration

You won't like:

  • Limited driving range
  • Long charging time

Key Competitors For The 2013 Nissan Leaf

  • Chevrolet Volt
  • Ford Focus Electric
  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV
  • Toyota Prius
Ford Focus Electric At Chargepoint
It’s a well-known fact that extreme temperatures can have significant effects on a car. Anybody who has shuffled into their car in sub-zero temperatures this winter, only to find that their battery is dead, can attest to this firsthand. But what about modern all-electric vehicles? The American Automobile Association (AAA) put three EVs to the test to find out how hot, moderate, and cold temperatures affected the cars’ operational range.
2013 Nissan Leaf Red Front Angle
On the road for more than three years now, the Nissan Leaf is beginning to trickle back into the used car market. To give customers some added peace of mind, Nissan is offering an extended battery and powertrain warranty, in addition to the usual components of its certified pre-owned program, such as a multi-point vehicle inspection, vehicle history report, and mileage limitation.
Nissan Leaf Autonomous Car Front Three Quarter White
Nissan announced that it will sell autonomous vehicles to the general public by 2020. To affirm its commitment to self-driving cars, the company showed off a test fleet of Nissan Leaf electric cars that can pilot themselves around a test course, and said it will build a special testing facility in Japan for autonomous cars.
2013 Nissan Leaf Front Three Quarters
The Renault-Nissan alliance has been a front-runner in the electric car game lately, with the Nissan Leaf leading the way as the best-selling electric vehicle in the world since its debut in 2010. Now, with the sale of its 100,000th EV globally, Renault-Nissan says it hopes to continue its run as the zero-emissions leader across all markets.
2013 Nissan Leaf Front Right Side View
It's time to celebrate (responsibly): Nissan North America says it has sold a total of 25,000 Nissan Leaf vehicles in the United States.

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$13,150

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2013 Nissan Leaf Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
0.0L ELECEngine
Fuel economy City:
129 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
102 MPG
Horsepower:
107 hp
Torque:
187 ft lb of torque
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer Rear (optional)
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
60,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Roadside
Unlimited miles / 36 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
AIR BAGS
Summary
Nissan is recalling certain model year 2013 Altima, LEAF, Pathfinder, Sentra, and Infiniti JX35 vehicles. Sensors within the passenger Occupant Detection System (ODS) may have been manufactured out of specification. This may cause the system to malfunction and permanently suppress the passenger airbag.
Consequences
If the vehicle is involved in a crash necessitating airbag deployment and the passenger airbag is suppressed, there may be an increased risk of personal injury.
Remedy
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the ODS sensors and replace them as neccessary, free of charge. The recall began on May 6, 2013. Owners may contact Nissan Customer Service at 1-800-647-7261.
Potential Units Affected
82,038
Notes
Nissan North America, Inc.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL
Summary
Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Altima, LEAF, Pathfinder, and Sentra, model year 2013 NV200 (aka Taxi) and Infiniti JX35 and model year 2014 Infiniti Q50 and QX60 vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the occupant classification system (OCS) software may incorrectly classify the passenger seat as empty, when it is occupied by an adult.
Consequences
If the OCS does not detect an adult occupant in the passenger seat, the passenger airbag would be deactivated. Failure of the passenger airbag to deploy during a crash (where deployment is warranted) could increase the risk of injury to the passenger.
Remedy
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will update the OCS software, free of charge. The recall began on April 14, 2014. Owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.
Potential Units Affected
989,701
Notes
Nissan North America, Inc.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: SOFTWARE
Summary
Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Altima, LEAF, Pathfinder, and Sentra, model year 2013 NV200 (aka Taxi) and Infiniti JX35 and model year 2014 Infiniti Q50 and QX60 vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the occupant classification system (OCS) software may incorrectly classify the passenger seat as empty, when it is occupied by an adult.
Consequences
If the OCS does not detect an adult occupant in the passenger seat, the passenger airbag would be deactivated. Failure of the passenger airbag to deploy during a crash (where deployment is warranted) could increase the risk of injury to the passenger.
Remedy
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will update the OCS software, free of charge. The recall began on April 14, 2014. Owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.
Potential Units Affected
989,701
Notes
Nissan North America, Inc.


IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Best Pick
1
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
IIHS Roof Strength
Good

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5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2013 Nissan Leaf

Depreciation
34.7%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$8,790
34.7%
Insurance
$7,325
29%
Fuel Cost
$2,654
10.5%
Financing
$1,974
7.8%
Maintenance
$2,496
9.9%
Repair Costs
$1,706
6.7%
State Fees
$357
1.4%
Five Year Cost of Ownership: $25,302 What's This?
Value Rating: Excellent