The world-famous Leaf from the Japanese manufacturer Nissan is now celebrating the 6th year on the market. As far as the new era of EV (electric vehicles) mass-production goes, this tinny-tiny fella is one of the elders. And, come to think of it, 6 straight years without a significant redesign is a pretty long time in the automobile industry right now – it’s like playing with fire, if you ask me. Ever since the Leaf’s introduction back in 2010 the majority of the giants in the business have rolled out at least one strong, competitive electric car each. However, the brand-new Nissan Leaf 2016 still remains one of the best offers on the market if you’re looking for a fuel-efficient, quiet, affordable and joyful all-electric car. So, yeah, the “old-timer” still has what it takes to be the king, and the new-comers simply can’t yet outmatch it. The entry-level edition can go for 84 miles on electricity only (that’s with the battery fully charged), while the higher trims – SV and SL – can travel for 107 miles per charge, all thanks to a bigger battery pack that was introduced wit the 2016 model.
Nissan Leaf 2016 – Three Trim Levels, Lots Of Options
By the way, those 107 miles are class-leading, so, if you’re all about electric travels, the latest Nissan Leaf 2016 is your best pick. And, in case you were wondering, 84 to 107 miles are more enough for your daily driving routines (home-school-back, home-work-back, home-mall-back you know, the usual stuff). With this car you’ll have a choice between 3 trim levels, including S, SV and SL. The entry-level S trim comes with 16-inch (steel) wheels, keyless ignition/entry, (automatic) climate control, cruise control, folding back seats, USB-Bluetooth connections, a 5-inch touchscreen, a 4-speaker sound-system, a rearview camera, and, of course, an onboard 3.6kW charger. The next trim up the ladder, SV, offers a quick-charge port and a 6.6kW charger (that’s almost twice as good), both of which are also available with the standard-level S. Furthermore, you’ll get 17-inch (alloy) wheels, a 7-inch touchscreen, a 6-speaker sound-system with High Def. radio, navigation, an improved heating system, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, and so much more. The ultimate trim, SL, comes with all of the above plus leather upholstery, heated back seats and automatic LED lights/fog lights, to name a few.
Checking Out The Fierce Competition
As I just said, half a decade is like a life-time in the world of cars, and since Nissan first rolled out its victorious EV the market had enough time to get crowded with all kinds of similarly good (and priced) models. The biggest rival to the Leaf is, of course, the latest Volkswagen e-Golf. The second-best is the Kia Soul EV. Both offer pretty much the same techy features, interior space and powertrain; however they are not available in every single state here in America, so, keep that in mind. So, if you want a nation-wide model, take a look at the brand-new Ford Focus Electric 2016 – it’s really worth your attention. The final strong rival is BMW’s i3. True, it’s much smaller and costs a whole lot more, but it’s super-fun to drive and enjoyable on the road. As you can see, there’s no obvious leader in the segment of electric vehicles, but the Nissan Leaf 2016 continues to be an attractive pick for the EV shoppers. On the road the car feels nice: you won’t really be hearing the engine, because there’s simply no engine with internal combustion. Acceleration is a bit slow – the Leaf goes from 0 to 60MPH in 10.2 seconds – but that’s not really a major selling point. Braking is good, handling is solid, and it’s pretty steady in those corners. So, again, the new Leaf is a great pick.
Watch this video review to learn more about Nissan Leaf 2016: