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2011 Nissan LEAF SLReview
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The Ev For Everybody — We bought this Leaf for my wife to commute to work and to run around town. She originally wanted a Prius but after one drive of that car we were not impressed. It had poor power and the whole center mounting of the controls was odd. Then we drove the Leaf and BANG what a difference. I love this because I have one car that has never been in a gas station and requires so little to do to it. With past cars I always had to be nagging my wife about oil changes and she would always run the oil too long and it would end up a quart low. With this car, you do the brake fluid every once in a while and get it plugged into the computer to check the batteries. I bought an 8 year warranty, wish I could have that money back now, it was a waste, this is such a well engineered car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Of course it uses no gas so cheap to run. It is very simple to maintain, no oil changes or other fluids to change. the car has had zero issues, in over 32k I mean nothing, not one thing has gone wrong

Cons: the 2011 had a hump in the rear cargo area that really hampers the cargo room but they fixed that. I would like to see more range out of the Leaf in the future

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2011 Nissan LEAF SLReview
Davedierker writes:
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Well-engineered — Air conditioner works great. Plenty of power. Can drive around town all day, but highway speeds (65-75) deplete the batteries much more quickly, as expected. The car is a joy to drive. It's quick, nimble, quiet, and comfortable. Can't help but realize a whole lot of thoughtful engineering went into it.

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: Quick & nimble

Cons: In-town car only

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2011 Nissan LEAF SLReview
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I Don't Know If I Will Ever Want To Drive A Car With A Gasoline Engine Again. — I've had my 2011 Leaf for a year now and I put over 12,000 miles on the car in that amount of time with no money spent on any kind of maintenance or fuel. I learned a lot about the car after owning it a few months. The car isn't expensive at all to charge , I didn't notice much of a difference in my electric bill. You don't need an expensive home charger installed and the car doesn't have to be charged to 100 percent everyday. The car has more interior space than most small cars and plenty of cargo space, a 15 gallon air compressor will fit in the back with hose and air tools. I was very surprised at how fast this car is . I drive this car like I would any other car, I drive the speed limit or maybe a little over . Over all I'm very happy with this car an would certainly by another one if I found the right deal. I bought my Leaf shopping on car cargurus for $21,500 with 795 miles on it. The dealer was asking $27,000, dropped it to $24,000 and I sent my offer for $21,500 , they accepted.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: No fuel, no maintenance and quite . No more stopping to purchase fuel, plug the car in at night and when you wake up in the morning the car is charged

Cons: This car isn't for everybody's lifestyle. This car has a range of less than 100 miles before needing charged. I use this car for work and my route is 67 miles round trip so the car works perfect for me.

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2011 Nissan LEAF SLReview
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Great Car — I purchased this car for $21,500 cash with only 756 miles on it. I've been driving it for 7 months now and it has 7,500 miles on it now and I'm very pleased since I spent over $3500.00 last year in fuel and so far I haven't had to purchase any . I use this car for work and I drive roughly 70 miles round trip and the car is charged when I sleep . The car can be charged with the 120V charger that comes with the car or purchase a level II charger for around $800.00 . I get all the charge I need from the regular charger. I was spending over $3500.00 a year in fuel in my Honda Element which just didn't seem normal when there was a car on the market that didn't use fuel.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Don't have to purchase fuel.

Cons: About 80 miles per charge and the car isn't sexy.

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2011 Nissan LEAF SLReview
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A Real Electric Car Alternative — This is really the first usable electric car on the market. While the Tesla Roadster was a great car, it was made for midgets and was over 100k to buy. This car is a mass produced all electric car that uses the standard for power adapters. Telsa is making a huge mistake by going with propriatry ones that only work with their cars, I think that someone will make an adapter or they will wake up and change them. If you setup a separate meter like I did the power you use is VERY cheap as the power companies are giving great prices to people with Electric cars.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Cheap as dirt to run, emits ZERO emissions, no oil changes, tranny or rear end fluids or other frequent changers, tune-ups are essentially nothing.

Cons: You only can drive 100 miels at a time, the charger is going to cost almost 2k to install and the car isn't the best looking car on the road (the wife feels different about that comment)

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2011 Nissan LEAF SLReview
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Only 95% Of Americans Could Make It A Daily Driver! — Has some pick up in non- economy at low speed. Could almost blend in with gasoline cars, even from behind the wheel. Range suites 70% to 95% of drivers if people can get comfortable with the 100% electric power train. Packed with features, to make it a very smart car. Rare but potentially dependable energy saving LED headlights

Pros: 100% electric power train,  Loaded with features

Cons: 100 mile range

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2011 Nissan LEAF SLReview
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Powered By The Sun — Excellent acceleration, more upscale than expected, a bit smallish on the interior, especially the trunk. Overall fun to drive (especially on the car pool lane). Of course no need for gas stations, altough range could be better. Reality is about 70-80 miles vs. the advertised 100 miles.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Acceleration, interior, and of course "fuel" economy. Charging at home with solar panels makes it the ultimate green car at least for the time being

Cons: Nothing to hate, range could be better, no spare tire (I have bought one after a first flat tire experience)

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2011 Nissan LEAF SL Review
Odd looking. I do like the bright blue color on the one I drove. Short range (120 mile approx listed), but will be enough for me on everything but trips. Similar size overall ans seating to Prius (my current car). Not much cargo room. Fold down rear seats and there is enough cargo room for me. Car rides and drives very well. It is comfortable. When accelerating hard, you lose a couple miles of range on a run from 0 to 50. I would avoid doing so, but it is there if it is ever needed. Super good value.
vs2016 FIAT 500e FWD
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Family Car Ranked 2016 FIAT 500e FWD worse.
"Size, room, comfort. The Fiat 500e is very sporty in character. I want the family size. Otherwise features are very comparable."
Would Buy Ranked 2016 FIAT 500e FWD worse.
"Less expensive and more suitable to my needs."
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Reviews From Other Years

2021 Nissan LEAF Reviews

Review By Steve

My brand new Leaf SL Plus range is only 132 miles and NOT the 215 that Nissan says it has. Read More

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2020 Nissan LEAF Reviews

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Review By Andrew

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2019 Nissan LEAF Reviews

Review By Charles

Véhicule très silencieux (conduite Zen), sièges confortables, excellente visibilité (grandes fenêtres, portières hautes) (presquun VUS urbain / VUS sous-compact), beaucoup despace de rangement (grand ... Read More

Review By GuruGD4S3

Loved the external look and the drive feel of this car. Wish they had vegan leather and a better dashboard for the price. A wireless mobile charge deck would be great. Wish the car had better long ... Read More

2018 Nissan LEAF Reviews

Review By Marie-Andree

Très bon confort des sièges qui sont dailleurs chauffant avant et arrière. Belle visibilité, agréable a conduire avec e-pedal . Modèle avec plusieurs années sur le marchée... Read More

Review By Stkh22

For local in around town and if you live close to work it is a good car. 150 mile range should be plenty for school, errands, and shopping. Has all the basic amenities you need like power everything, ... Read More

2017 Nissan LEAF Reviews

Review By C

Very limited on features. Not best for value. Biggest con not able to regulate battery properly. Comparing vehicle to Chevy Bolt or Tesla 3 Read More

Review By william

No info about white bars on speedometer. When full charge Read More

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