2015 Nissan Leaf

S FWD 4-Dr Hatchback ELEC auto trans

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2015 Nissan Leaf
2015 Nissan Leaf

New for 2015

For the 2015 Nissan Leaf, the S models add a B-mode drive option already higher trims (more aggressive regenerative braking), SV and SL models gain Bluetooth Hands-Free texting and voice destination entry, the SV gets standard 17-inch alloy wheels and Morning Sky Blue is added as an exterior color option.

Vehicle Overview

The Nissan Leaf is an all-electric compact hatchback that is about the size of a Versa; the car is the best-selling fully electric car in the U.S.

Summary

The 2015 Nissan Leaf is powered by an electric motor that puts out 107 hp and 187 lb-ft of torque, which is good for an EPA-estimated range of 84 miles. Charging of the on-board batteries takes about 21 hours at 110-volt or about 8 hours at 220-volt, but a fast charger is capable of bringing the battery to 80% charge in just 30 minutes.
The 2015 Leaf's fuel economy is rated at 126/101 MPGe city/highway by the EPA, more efficient than the Ford Focus EV and Kia Soul EV, but just under the Chevrolet Spark EV's 128/109 MPGe and about on par with the Volkswagen e-Golf's 126/105 MPGe and the Fiat 500e's 122/108 MPGe. All of the above vehicles have an EPA-estimated driving range of between 76 miles (Focus EV) and 93 miles (Soul EV).
The 2015 Nissan Leaf received a four-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), and in IIHS testing it received four ratings of good and one of poor in the new – and more difficult – small overlap front category (the highest possible rating is good).

What We Think

The 2015 Nissan Leaf is an interesting proposition: the driving experience is pleasant, visibility is great, steering is light without being vague, and the B-mode that increases regenerative braking levels makes commutes a little more fun as “you anticipate traffic's chaos with the aim of using the stopping pedal as little as possible.”
One editor, after driving a 2013 Nissan Leaf, pointed out the problem with an otherwise decent enough vehicle: “Even with the upgrades, the Leaf is still too expensive and, without the government's generous support, no one would want it.”
You’ll Like
  • Fast charges in 30 minutes
  • Great outward visibility
  • Mostly normal driving experience
You Won’t Like
  • Range anxiety
  • Even with tax incentives, still expensive
  • Home charging station is $999 (DIY) or $1,999 (Pro-installed)
Key Competitors
  • Ford Focus EV
  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV
  • Chevrolet Volt
  • Volkswagen e-Golf
  • Chevrolet Spark EV

Rating

3
2015 Nissan Leaf Rear Three Quarters View
When it receives a midcycle refresh later this year, the Nissan Leaf is expected to achieve an EPA-rated range of 125 miles on a single charge. According to a report from Automotive News, the model may arrive as early as this August.
Nissan Leaf Glow In The Dark 5
Nissan recently became the first modern automotive manufacturer to apply glow-in-the-dark paintwork to a car, coating a Nissan Leaf in phosphorescent paint. The glow-in-the-dark Leaf, which emits a soft neon-blue glow, absorbs sunlight during the day, and radiates the glow for eight to ten hours after the sun sets.
Autonomous Nissan Leaf Prototype 2
Nissan announced a new partnership with NASA, aimed at commercializing autonomous drive systems for vehicles, and bringing some variant of autonomous drive technology to the market by the end of the year. Nissan and NASA engineers are teaming up to develop various technical and software aspects of autonomous drive systems. The co-developed systems will incorporate technology used in both road cars and NASA space applications.
2014 Nissan LEAF Front Drivers Side View
The second generation of the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle is reportedly set for a 2016 debut, according to a report from Auto Express. The redesigned Leaf will apparently use new battery technology for significantly improved driving range, and may also adopt a more traditional hatchback look.

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$27,090
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$29,010
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2015 Nissan Leaf Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
0.0L ELECEngine
Fuel economy City:
126 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
101 MPG
Horsepower:
107 hp
Torque:
187 ft lb of torque
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • 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
36,000 miles / 36 months
IIHS Front Small Overlap
Poor
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
5
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
3
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
3
NHTSA Rating Overall
4
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
IIHS Roof Strength
Good

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5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2015 Nissan Leaf

Depreciation
56.5%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$21,833
56.5%
Insurance
$7,525
19.5%
Fuel Cost
$2,657
6.9%
Financing
$2,912
7.5%
Maintenance
$1,989
5.1%
Repair Costs
$1,324
3.4%
State Fees
$405
1%
Five Year Cost of Ownership: $38,645 What's This?
Value Rating: Below Average