2021/04/23 | Test drive
The Nissan LEAF: Among the Top 3 Best Electric Cars
Electric vehicles are proliferating at an incredible rate in the industry, and this trend is only going to accelerate in the coming months and years. In fact, the 2020s will be the decade of the great electric shift.
If the world was presented with battery-powered products in the last century already, it is the Nissan LEAF that is responsible for democratizing access to this type of vehicle.
Introduced in 2011, it was, until last year, the best-selling electric car in history, which is no small feat. Still offered in the Nissan catalogue, it is still one of the top three electric cars on the market.
Baie-Comeau Nissan, your dealer and garage in Baie-Comeau on the Côte-Nord, near Pointe-Lebel, Chute-aux-Outardes and Godbout, invites you to take a look at its website to discover its vast inventory of new Nissan vehicles but also a huge choice of used Nissan vehicles. Whether it's the 2021 sublime Nissan LEAF electric car or a new 2021 Nissan Qashqai, Baie-Comeau Nissan has the Nissan product you need!
As for the LEAF, here's why it's still one of the most interesting electric cars on the market alongside models like the Chevrolet Bolt and the Hyundai Ioniq.
The styling of the first Nissan LEAF was a big deal. Distinct, it conveyed a new and different model configuration, and this was no secret. When the vehicle was redesigned in 2018, Nissan decided to soften and harmonize its lines with those of other products of the brand. The result was spectacular. The current LEAF is pretty, stylish, and still offers a hatchback configuration, which is highly practical.
A Choice for Autonomy
With many other electric cars on the market, you get a fixed range... and a price that goes with it. With the LEAF, we have an interesting choice. Specifically, you can opt for the SV version, which comes with a 40-kWh battery, giving you a range of 240 kilometres. It's ideal for short to medium trips, as the model is offered at a lower price.
For those who want more freedom, it is possible to go for the Plus variants. These are offered with all three trim levels, S, SV and SL. Here, the 62-kWh battery allows for up to 363 kilometres of driving before a recharge is required.
In both cases, the estimates are conservative. If you drive around town a lot, where the model's regenerative systems are working to restore range, you'll be able to get more mileage than advertised.
When thinking about the Nissan LEAF, one immediately thinks of its electric architecture and its range capabilities. However, we forget one essential element that makes the experience with this car incredible: its smooth ride.
In fact, driving the LEAF feels like floating on a carpet. The suspension elements are tuned for comfort and combined with the vehicle's low centre of gravity, you get solid handling. Thus, the LEAF is not only comfortable, it offers an engaging driving experience.
When it comes to power, it delivers plenty. We're talking 147 horsepower for the 40-kWh battery version and 214 horsepower with the 62-kWh battery. In both cases, torque is rated at 236-pound feet. Its instant availability means that the LEAF emerges from the blocks impressively fast when the throttle is pressed.
We alluded to this earlier, but the LEAF's hatchback configuration means it has little to envy the sport utility vehicles of the world. With the rear seats folded down, it offers 849 litres of cargo space, which is more than respectable.
If you want to see the Nissan LEAF up close, don't hesitate to make a detour to your Baie-Comeau Nissan dealership, where you will have the opportunity to learn more about the model, but more importantly, test-drive it. You'll be convinced once and for all.