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2023 Nissan LEAF  

Nissan LEAF at charger

The Nissan LEAF® has a new 2023 model available and it’s a great option if you’re looking for a compact EV. The affordable hatchback offers two trim levels, S and SV Plus, and was awarded KBB’s 5-Year Cost to Own Award: Best Electric Vehicle in its class for the fifth year in a row. First appearing in 2010, the LEAF has really come into its own. Here’s a bit more about the new 2023 model.  

Nissan LEAF S and SV Plus Quick Compare 

Feature  S  SV Plus 
Battery  40 KWH Lithium-Ion Battery  60 KWH Lithium-Ion Battery 
Motor  110 kW AC synchronous electric motor  160 kW AC synchronous electric motor 
Horsepower  147 hp  214 hp 
Torque  236 lb-ft  250 lb-ft 
Charger  6.6 kW onboard charger  6.6 kW onboard charger 
80% battery charge time  40 min  60 min 
Total range  149 miles  212 miles 
Starting MSRP  $28,040  $36,040 


Where the LEAF Shines

The LEAF is a compact vehicle which means it’s easy to maneuver. Getting in and out of tight spots or parallel parking in this vehicle are a breeze. When it comes to performance, the LEAF has a lot of zip, with quick acceleration and responsive steering. It also comes equipped with Nissan’s e-Pedal, which is one pedal to drive and slow down to engage regenerative braking. There is still a brake pedal if needed, but the regenerative braking allows the EV to get some charge while in use. 

The LEAF comes with a whole suite of technology and safety features. Nissan’s Safety Shield® 360 comes standard which includes Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Rear Automatic Braking, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning and High Beam Assist. Additionally, NissanConnect® comes standard with an 8-inch touch-screen display, mobile synching including a Nissan Connect EV app to track vehicle stats and control various vehicle features, Bluetooth® connectivity, USB-C and USB-A ports, and more. 

The SV Plus model offers further appointments including striking 17” Aluminum-alloy wheels, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, 8-way power adjustable bucket seats with lumbar support, Nissan’s Door to Door navigation with Premium Traffic and additional upgrades. 

Compared to Other EV Hatchbacks

Other makers have also come out with 2023 EV hatchback models including the Toyota Prius Prime, Kia Niro EV, MINI Cooper and BMW iX. When it comes to affordability, only the Prius Prime is expected to be comparable in starting MSRP to the LEAF. Shoppers should expect to spend more for the Kia, MINI and BMW. There is also a difference in ranges with the Kia at and estimated 253 miles, the MINI at up to 114 miles and the BMW up to 342 miles. The Prius Prime can operate as an EV or as a hybrid, and while we’re still waiting on confirmation, all-electric range is anticipated to be around 133 miles.   

Nissan LEAF Is a Solid Choice

For those looking for an EV that’s got a lot to offer, the 2023 LEAF is a great selection. The two different models give a range of affordability while keeping performance at the entry level model high.  

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