2017 Nissan Leaf ReviewThe 2017 Nissan Leaf is an electric compact car with a starting price of $30,680 and three trims. The Leaf uses a 30kWh lithium-ion battery that has 107 horsepower with a range of 107 miles. To fill up your Leaf just plug it in and let it charge up. The Leaf has zero emissions.

There are currently over 25,000 charging stations throughout the U.S. where you can plug in and fill up your Leaf. You can also charge it up at home or out at the office. The 2017 Leaf has seating for up to 5 people and has decent space in the back seats. The range is pretty impressive and the handling is steady.

The 2017 Leaf comes with Smartphone connectivity and the Nissan Intelligent Key with Push Botton Start. It also comes wtih bluetooth and a hands-free phone system. The base model comes with a rearview monitor, heated front seats, cruise control and 16-inch steel wheels.

Specs

The 2017 Nissan Leaf uses a 100% electric drivetrain with a single-speed gear. This provides a smooth ride and great economy with a range of up to 107 miles on the highway and 126 miles in the city.

The leaf uses a 30 kWh lithium-ion battery that stores power and provides it to the 107 horsepower motor. The motor is able to get 187 lb.ft of torque from the get go. The Leaf doesn’t emit any emissions and doesn’t even have a tailpipe.

Nissan use regenerative braking so that energy is captured while your braking or coasting and recycles this bake to the battery. A power monitor in the dashboard will show you whether you’re using or gaining power.

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Interior

All models of the 2017 Leaf come with heated front seats and rearview camera. They also features a 5-inch color display for the audio system. The audio system has four speaker, USB connection, CD and MP3 playback as well as Satellite radio capability.

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Price

The 2017 Nissan Leaf has a starting price of $20,680 for the base model, the Leaf S. The Leaf SV with onboard charger and navigation system has a starting price of $34,200. The top trim, the Leaf SL comes with leather seating and fog lights. It has a starting price of $36,790.

Alternatives

One alternative to the 2017 Nissan Leaf is the Ford Focus Electric. Like the Leaf it has smooth acceleration at lower speeds but tends to struggle at highway speeds. It has agile handle and a comfortable ride. The interior of the Focus is elegant and it includes more standard features than the Leaf.

Another option is the 2017 Chevrolet Volt. While it’s not 100% electric as it does come with an electric/gasoline engine, it can travel up to 53 miles on electric power alone. It has better steering and a high quality interior.