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2015 Nissan LEAF Hatchback - Overview

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Overview

What's New for 2015:

  • New MorningSky Blue exterior color
  • Cruise control now standard on all trim levels
  • Hands-free texting system now standard on upper trim levels
  • Voice destination entry added to navigation system

Introduction
Introduced for the 2011 model year, the Nissan Leaf is an all-electric subcompact car. The 5-seat, 4-door hatchback has a range of 84 miles on a full battery charge, according to Nissan. The 2015 Leaf receives few changes from the previous model year, but a more extensive makeover is anticipated for 2016.

Models and Features
The 2015 Nissan Leaf is available in three trim levels. The base S model features an 80-kW electric motor and no gasoline engine, which means the vehicle has no tailpipe emissions. It employs Nissan Intelligent Key with push-button start and includes a Bluetooth hands-free phone system, heated front and rear seats (cloth), heated steering wheel (tilt only), and a rearview monitor. Other standard features for the base S model include a 3.6-kW onboard charger, 16-in. steel wheels, power accessories, cruise control, automatic climate control, trip computer, 6-way manually adjustable driver's seat, 4-way adjustable front passenger seat, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, 4.3-in. color touch screen, and a 4-speaker sound system.

The Leaf SV includes the S features plus the Nissan navigation system with 7-in. touch screen, a more powerful 6.6-kW onboard charger, CarWings remote control system, 17-in. alloy wheels, partially recycled cloth seat trim, upgraded heating system, 6-speaker sound system with Pandora integration, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

The top-of-the-line Leaf SL offers all the SV features plus a quick-charge port, leather-appointed seats, automatic on/off LED low-beam headlights, fog lights, HomeLink universal transceiver, cargo cover, and a solar panel on the rear spoiler that sends power to the car's accessories.

Cargo space in the 2015 Leaf is 24 cu. ft. behind the rear seats; 30 cu. ft. with seats folded. A new color, MorningSky blue, replaces last year's Blue Ocean. The interior--cloth or leather--can be any color as long as it's black. The Premium option package includes an around-view monitor and a Bose sound system. Several of the upgrades on the upper trim levels are available as options on the lower trim levels.

Under the Hood
The 2015 Nissan Leaf employs front-wheel drive and an electric motor that generates 80 kW of power, 107 horsepower, and 187 lb.-ft. of torque. It's powered by a 24-kWh Lithium-ion battery pack. The motor operates in a single gear, but full power is available from the moment the vehicle is in motion. Transmission settings include Normal, Eco-Mode, and B-Mode, which offers better speed control on steep hills via its regenerative braking. A full battery charge gives the driver 84 miles, according to the EPA.

Fuel Economy
The 2015 Nissan Leaf's drivetrain delivers the equivalent of 124 mpg in the city and 100 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. According to Nissan, it takes about 8 hours to fully charge the Leaf using a 240-volt source, while the premium 6.6-kW charger can do the job in about 4 hours. The SV's quick-charge port can deliver an 80% charge in half an hour when hooked to the proper power source, Nissan claims.

Safety Ratings and Technology
Standard safety features on the 2015 Leaf include a rearview camera, anti-lock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front side air bags, and side curtain air bags.

In crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2015 Nissan Leaf received an overall rating of 4 (out of 5) stars, with 4 stars for frontal-impact protection and side-impact protection. In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2015 Nissan Leaf received a "Good" rating (the Institute's highest) in the moderate-overlap, side-impact, frontal-offset, and roof-strength tests, as well as a "Good" rating for rear-impact whiplash protection. The small-overlap frontal-offset test elicited a lowest-possible "Poor" rating.

Available Trims for the 2015 Nissan LEAF Hatchback

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
S 1 speed automatic $29,010 107-hp / 0.0L 0-cyl 126/101
SV 1 speed automatic $32,000 107-hp / 0.0L 0-cyl 126/101
SL 1 speed automatic $35,120 107-hp / 0.0L 0-cyl 126/101

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