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The Innovative 2013 Nissan Leaf

First launched in 2011, the Nissan Leaf is one of the most innovative and advanced electric cars to hit the market. Too often viewed as a golf cart with a larger motor, electric cars are starting to pack some serious power. With room to comfortably fit at least four people, it is among the bestselling of all battery powered cars across the country.

With modern technology, the 2013 Leaf is changing the conversation, demonstrating that they are as powerful as a comparable gas powered hatchback, but far less expensive to drive, and eco-friendly to boot. Excellent cargo room rounds out a vehicle that is a pleasure to drive, provides you with amazing MPG, and has a contemporary styling that is perfect for a new driver or someone who is more eco-conscious.

2013 Nissan Leaf Models and Features

Despite being an electric car, the 2013 Leaf offers people a range of choices and options, so that the car you buy is one that suits all of your needs perfectly. The price of the Leaf varies from $28,800 for the standard S model, to $34,840 for the SL. If you want more features, all the bells and whistles of a modern car, you are going to want either the SL or the SV model, which starts at $31,820. Driving a Leaf, regardless of the model that you chose, is an experience that will make you want to stick to an electric car for years to come. With seamless performance and a number of luxury features, this is the vehicle that is changing how we view the standard gasoline engine.

Nissan Leaf 2013 modelThe 2013 Leaf is Packed with Features

Every model to date, including last year’s 2012 Nissan Leaf, comes with a leather steering wheel, heated front, and heated rear seats. Typically heated seats are only available in the most expensive models, but Nissan has chosen to make it standard in the Leaf. In addition, the car has electronic stabilization, a security system, traction control, ABS brakes, an overhead airbag, automatic temperature control, and full tilt steering wheel. For music and entertainment, every model has between 4 and 6 integrated speakers that are operated by an AM/FM/CD/MP3 compatible player with steering wheel mounted controls. Power windows and keyless entry are also standard features. For the more discerning environmentally conscious driver, the Nissan Leaf SL comes with many superior luxury features that make it feel like a much higher end vehicle.

What Makes the 2013 Leaf Special

The Nissan Leaf gets its power from a 107 HP, electric powered motor. The motor is able to get the car from zero to sixty (0-60) in less than 10 seconds, making it one of the faster electric cars available in the 2013 market. With 207 pounds of available torque, the car can get up to speeds of 90 MPG, making it an excellent small car for both city and highway driving. The battery included is a 24 kilowatt battery pack, which can be charged in as little as four hours with Nissan’s latest innovation (specifically designed for the 2013 Nissan Leaf) – a 6.6 kilowatt charger.

Nissan LeafThe Nissan Leaf has gone above and beyond in an attempt to provide its drivers with the most plugged in experience possible. For example, it comes with a smartphone app that allows the driver to cool or heat the interior for maximum comfort during extra cold or extra hot months. The app also allows the owner to charge their car remotely, which allows charging during off-peak hours. While all of this is convenient to manage with a smart phone, in the event that the driver does not have one, all of these same controls are available through the in car touch screen control module.

Gas Mileage and Final Verdict

The most important feature of the Nissan Leaf is its ability to go further. The 2013 iteration will take a driver 73 miles on a single charge, though this can be influenced by weather and driving at a high rate of speed. When you factor in incentives, like the Federal Tax Credit offered to owners of electric cars, the 2013 Nissan Leaf becomes an extremely and highly attractive alternative for city commuting.