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All about the New 2015 Nissan Leaf

Our society has evolved quicker than any other species on the planet and our advancements in technology are staggering to say the least. Because of these incredible advancements, vehicles have become more fuel efficient and way more powerful. Some vehicles are even 100% electric requiring “0” fossil fuels. In regard to the Nissan Leaf, all these technological advancements have contributed to its conception.

2015 Nissan Leaf Review

2015 Leaf

The first thing we need to discuss about this vehicle (because in my opinion it’s the most important) is the vehicles completely electric motor. The only motor available of the Leaf is a 107 horsepower electric motor (no fossil fuels). The transmission (just like the engine) is far from conventional; it only has “1-speed” and its automatic.

The reason it only has “1-speed” is because a completely electric vehicle does not need to shift. Also included with this vehicle are a backup camera and a 6.6 KW onboard charger option for the fastest charging available for any completely electric vehicle. Currently this vehicle only has a few styles. Reason being, this is a very new concept and will need some time to “come into its own”.

The vehicle currently has three different styles: the S 4dr Hatchback, the SV 4dr Hatchback and the SL 4dr Hatchback. The differences between these styles are really in the interior. For example, some styles will have leather over other types of material. Or, some styles may have more advanced technology than others. Now lets talk a second about the price. Depending on your budget, the price might seem reasonable, or it could sound irrational (all depends on how much your willing to spend).

The most basic Leaf starts at $27,486 and goes all the up to $35,120. If you go with the fully packed option it can be expensive. To be honest, even though the initial price might be a little bit more than your willing to spend, in the long run this vehicle is guaranteed to save exponentially more money than any other vehicle. To make this point a little bit more clear, lets take a look at the gas mileage. All the different styles and models get the same gas mileage. The Leaf gets 126 miles per gallon city driving and 101 mile per gallon driving on the city. Now you may be thinking, “why is the city fuel economy higher than the highway fuel economy”? The reason is because the vehicle is electric, in smaller distances (city driving) it actually exerts less energy than if it was driving on a highway.

The one thing we don’t like about the Leaf is the short distance it can travel without recharging. This vehicle can only go 84 miles without a charge while certain fossil fuel burning vehicle can go as far as 400 miles before refueling. And because electric vehicles have not been fully accepted into the market yet, there is most likely NOT a charging station at your local gas station (unless you live in a very progressive area). But you can always re-charge the vehicle at home, don’t forget about that!

Next, lets take a look at the safety of this vehicle. This vehicle was rated a “4 out of 5” by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Even though this is not the highest rating a vehicle can receive, this is still very good for a vehicle that just entered the market a few years ago. Also, a 4 star rating is still very good, I would feel more than comfortable about my own safety driving the Leaf.

How do Consumers feel about the 2015 Leaf?The 2015 Nissan Leaf

Consumers who own the 2015 Nissan Leaf and experts that reviewed this vehicle have a lot of good things to say. The experts like the heated door mirrors, standard fog lamps, and the solar panel on top of the vehicle to trickle charge the battery. The experts also had some “cons” to mention: the charger installation can become pricey and there is limited public charging infrastructure (which we already discussed). But honestly, who cares about the so-called “expert” opinions, they don’t own the car; they haven’t paid for the car, they aren’t the one who should be happy or disappointed in the vehicle. With that said, let’s take a look at what the consumers think. A survey was distributed to 11 owners of the Leaf, they were asked to judge their vehicle on six different parameters; comfort, performance, exterior styling, interior design, value for the money and reliability.

  • Comfort received an overall rating of 4.1 out of 5.
  • Performance received a 4.5 out of 5.
  • Exterior styling received a 4.0 out of 5 (this will increase as new styles are released).
  • Interior design received an overall rating of 3.8 out of 5. Reason being, many find the Leaf to be tight.
  • Value for the money received an overall rating of 4.3 out of 5.
  • Reliability received an overall rating of 4.3 out of 5.

These results were reached by averaging together all the individual results form each reviewer. The concept of this vehicle is still very new, even though the ratings may seem lower than other reviews, its because the vehicle is so new, not many people have had the chance to purchase and review the vehicle.

How has the Leaf evolved?

A lot has changed on this vehicle from the year 2014 to the model available in 2015. First things first, the 2015 model is going to save you more money than the 2014 model with the increase in driving range from 75 miles to 84 miles. This increase in range comes from a technicality that Nissan corrected.

Even though the life of the Leaf seems short, it actually was first produced in 2011. But for the first few years this vehicle was in stages of testing and development. Now the Leaf is actually on the market and has been fairly successful during its time in the US marketplace.

Final Verdict

If you want to save a ton of money on fuel, and remain safe while doing it, the 2015 Nissan Leaf is the perfect vehicle for you. Also, no need to be scared by the higher initial purchase price, the US federal government will give you a grant of $7,500 to help you purchase the vehicle and contribute to the war on global warming and environmental pollution. If you have any doubts about the Leaf, leave us comment and we can clear those doubts up for you!