Nissan Leaf (Gen 1)

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Make: Nissan
Year(s): 2017

Cost per mile of range: $262 per mile

(Base price divided by total range)

Horsepower: 215 hp
Torque: lb/ft
Seats: 5
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Drive Train = RWD
Rear Wheel Drive or RWD means that the power of the car is driven from the rear of the car, or the rear motor/axle. The most common type of drive trains out there. Most suited for everyday driving, however, if you need to go off-road or live in areas with snow/gravel roads, look to the AWD, or all-wheel drive instead.

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Nissan Leaf (Gen 1) Overview

What Separates Nissan Leaf (Gen 1)

The Nissan Leaf range has been historically known as one of the best selling EVs and one of the few competing with Tesla for real it is still limited both in its performance and capabilities being a smal-size CUV like hatchback.

This makes Nissan Leaf (Gen 1) 2017 edition lagt somewhat behind the very much improved versions of the 2019 and 2020 Leaf edition yet it is good enough for it s price for the basic and small things that it still offers as the original Leaf range. It centers on being an all-around car offering decent enough metrics ar a moderate cost attractive for less picky andmore budget conscious buyers.

But surely to see how exactly good it is compared to other EVs on the market and other variants of cheaper tiers, it is crucial to see specific metrics. ~Based on that the comparison between the Hyundai Ioniq differences with other variants in the range come down to acceleration, the electric range, charging time and additional minor ones looking pretty major nevertheless. Kind of median at 11.3 seconds getting from 0 to 6o miles – staying ways below the standard on the market by some good measure yet it has a cost advantage over it. Unfortunately besides that it stays below to what some other EV SUVs deliver it is in the neighbourhood of EPA certified electric range of measley 107 miles. This range is probably its biggest disadvantage as it limits it to work home commutes pretty much.

Speaking on its charging capabilities this range does deliver a fairly quick result. Speaking of recharging, the Leaf can be plugged in to a regular 120-volt outlet or a 240-volt outlet, but the charging times vary dramatically between the two. On a 240-volt connection, Nissan says both the standard Leaf’s battery and the larger one in the Leaf Plus can be replenished in 7 to 10 hrs.

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About The Leaf Gen 1
The Nissan Leaf Range When Tesla literally laid down the foundations of the personal use EV back in 2008 and 2012 with Tesla Model S going mass production there was truly just one other establisehed old car brand that was quick enough to follow the suit and immediately insert itself into the race - Nissan. Being the progressive company they are the French giant Nissan made sure to be the first  major competitor to Tesla which it still remains to this day both in terms of sales and comparable metrics and the priicing. Though the idea of competing with Tesla was central here, the whole range is indeeed limited to just one car type unlike what the like of Audi and BMW did with too many variants spread thin - as the Leaf range focused exclusively on being a 4-door hatchback. So while its performance and comfort and pricing value is definitely in the mid to top line range compared to other brands the car type being a small-size classifies it as an entry-level range. Definitely targeting both European fans and newbies to the EV market looking to lose most power and performance features for a good entry price on the first EV car, the Leaf range is meant to be more of a family car more than anything. Still it was the Leaf range that inserted and kept Nissan in the conversation. With being limited as a range to one car type unlike Audi with its e-tron, the LEaf range has proved to be a very consistent range offering similar variants that both in its power and performance and the price can be directly compared to the more petit Tesla Model Y or Model 3. Its FWD with 1 to 2 motors depending on the specific variant of the range showcases some decent enough attributes across the board despite its size. While surely being in the game of competing with the market leader Tesla, it is crucial to compare the Niro range to that brand both in terms of specs and looks. So comparing how technically and technologically, not even mentioning comfort wise did this range get to Tesla it might be a quite so close call. A very quick gander at the specs in the range shows how an idea of an EV became a reality for the Nissan brand fans as well. Talking about the looks as well - we can say that unlike Tesla, Nissan has gone the safer route and made its SUVs look like a more of a generic family car with streamlined features. Its updated range has both a somewhat minimalistic futuristic body form as a sedan and a very minimalistic yet stylish interior finsh with some premium options. As the looks and design are very important for any car range for sure, the specs and performance are truly everything. Based on just judging the Leaf range on the merit of it specs and metrics, let's take a look at the fact that depending on the variant its EPA certified electric range and starts o to 60 at kind of low still acceptable 7.1 seconds which is not much at all. Unfortunately where it is kind of average to lackluster in terms of max speed or acceleration or other show-off features, it also does not gain in range to improve the impression. More power and performance metrics that make it truly stand out from the rest, including the ever so important for EVs range. This tranlsates to when the journey has already begun, it will deliver you as far as the official EPA rated range of up to 171 mi without a single recharge definitely seems like a barrier for some buyers. This means that avid out of the city and interstate travelers will not be very likely to grace it with their attention but it works for most average traveling in between. Somewhat lower priced than a few other smal sized EVs, which might make buyers or people new to the EV world ignore a lack of some things other top-of-the-line ranges like Tesla Model X or other offer at a higher cost. Be sure to check out its multiple top features such as:
  • High-resolution touchscreen

  • Fuel Economy Features
  • Class-high cargo volume

  • Driver-assistance features
that combined make for a very satifsfying feeling when inside it on the road.
Nissan Leaf (Gen 1)
About Nissan
One of the most adaptive companies on the market it was their Leaf that started competing with Tesla on the all-electric EV market right away. This goes true for their all-electric EV ranges just as well as it showcases versatile competitive hatchbacks.
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Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the Nissan Leaf (Gen 1)

The 0-60 time of this car is 11.3 seconds.
Yes it is available for sale now.

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