2016 Nissan LEAF

2016 Nissan LEAF
2016 Nissan LEAF

2016 Nissan LEAF


Vehicle Highlights

  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 3 Years / Unlimited Miles
  • Hybrid Component: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 5 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 3 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 3 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2016 Nissan LEAF

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
    • Back-Up Camera
  • Entertainment Features
    • Integrated Roof Antenna
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control and Steering Wheel Controls
    • Radio: AM/FM/Single In-Dash CD/MP3/WMA -inc: CD-ROM playback capability, NissanConnectSM w/mobile apps, 5" color display, USB connection port for iPod interface and other compatible devices, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, streaming audio via Bluetooth, hands-free text messaging assistant, XM satellite radio and 4-speakers
  • Exterior Features
    • LED Brakelights
    • Auto Off Aero-Composite Halogen Headlamps
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Lip Spoiler
    • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
    • Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
    • Body-Colored Power Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
    • Chrome Door Handles
    • Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Chrome Bumper Insert
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Spare Tire Mobility Kit
    • Tires: P205/55R16
    • Wheels: 16" Steel w/Covers
  • Interior Features
    • Heated Front Bucket Seats -inc: 6-way manual driver and 4-way manual front passenger seats
    • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Traction Battery Level, Power/Regen, Traction Battery Temperature, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows
    • 5 Person Seating Capacity
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Keyfob Charge Port Door
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Automatic Air Conditioning
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
    • Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Chrome Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Metal-Look Gear Shift Knob
    • Cloth Seat Trim
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Auxiliary Mirror
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 1 12V DC Power Outlet
    • Front Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering
    • Carpet Floor Trim
    • Cargo Features -inc: Spare Tire Mobility Kit
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • Back-Up Alarm
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Digital Display
    • Seats w/Cloth Back Material
    • Manual Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 1 12V DC Power Outlet
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 80kW AC Synchronous Motor
    • Transmission: Single Speed Reducer
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • 7.94 Axle Ratio
    • Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • 4277# Gvwr
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Torsion Beam Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Regenerative 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
    • Lithium Ion Traction Battery w/3.3 kW Onboard Charger, 21 Hrs Charge Time @ 110/120V and 7 Hrs Charge Time @ 220/240V

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11.1
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11.5
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) - 24
    • Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) - 30
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Electric
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 107
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 187
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 106.3
    • Length, Overall (in) - 175
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 69.7
    • Height, Overall (in) - 61
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 60.6
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 60.4
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 6.3
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 92.4
    • Front Head Room (in) - 41.2
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 42.1
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 54.3
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 51.7
    • Second Head Room (in) - 37.3
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 33.3
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 52.5
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 50
  • Mileage Features
    • EPA MPG Equivalent - City (N/A) - 126
    • EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy (N/A) - 101
    • EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined (N/A) - 114
    • Battery Range (mi) - 84
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 34.2
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Nissan LEAF
    • Body Style - Hatchback
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Torsion Beam
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Torsion Beam
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P205/55HR16
    • Rear Tire Size - P205/55HR16
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 1
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 7.94
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Mid-Size Cars
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3256
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 16 X 6
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 16 X 6
    • Front Wheel Material - Steel
    • Rear Wheel Material - Steel

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For 2016, Nissan Leaf takes a leap: Thanks to a new battery pack, the all-electric car now boasts a range of 107 miles, the farthest of any electric car except the expensive luxury Tesla. The hatchback Leaf is the size of a compact car with the interior space of a midsize car.

It accelerates silently to 60 mph in less than 10 seconds, and has a top speed of 90 mph, although don’t expect to go 107 miles at high speed (or in cold weather).

The Leaf keeps up with traffic, is easy to drive, comfortably seats four adults and five sometimes, and is well equipped.

Leaf SV and Leaf SL models get the new 30-kWh battery, with a 6.6-kW charger that can fully charge in four hours, as well as a DC fast-charging port. And electric heater keeps the battery warm when the car is plugged in during cold weather.

The Leaf was launched as a 2011 model, and previously had a range of 84 miles.

The base Leaf S carries over the old technology: A flat 24-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack, mounted under the floor under the rear seat, sends electricity to an 80-kilowatt electric motor that drives the front wheels and serves as a generator to recharge the battery during braking. The charger is 3.3 kW.

The Leaf is the antithesis of sporty. Underway it feels like a boring economy car except it’s silent.

All Leafs sold in North America are assembled in Tennessee.


The Nissan Leaf comes with heated seats front and rear, heated steering wheel, Bluetooth, rearview camera, 16-inch steel wheels and plastic wheel covers, dark nylon upholstery, and a 5.0-inch touchscreen.

Leaf SV upgrades to the bigger battery pack and faster charging, plus 7.0-inch touchscreen with navigation, power mirrors, 16-inch alloy wheels. Leaf SL gets leather seats, 17-inch alloy wheels, and automatic headlights. Options include surround-view cameras and a seven-speaker Bose audio system.


It’s a unique shape, unusual, a little wierd. There’s no grille, just a sloped nose with a hatch over the charging ports. Rising frog-like headlamps trail off almost to the windshield pillars. LED taillights in vertical ribbons flank the tailgate.


The interior is more conventional, although there’s a weird mix of Space Age styling with cheap controls from the Leaf’s economy roots. The parking brake, an old-school pedal, is especially at odds with the car’s image.

The drive selector looks like a mushroom, and the digital displays are dazzling. A two-row instrument panel is clustered behind the steering wheel, with a big screen in the center of the dash that displays range, energy usage, maps, nearby recharging points, and more. The base Leaf S has a smaller screen.

Sound is an issue in any electric car, because with all the engine noise gone, the other road sounds emerge. The Leaf has its own super-quiet windshield wipers; engineers tried to borrow the wipers from a luxury Infiniti, but even they were too loud.

Driving Impressions

Driving an electric car feels like you’re driving a clothes dryer, but still there’s something nicer about it than driving a car with thousands of explosions constantly happening under the hood. The Leaf is quiet and calm at all times, so silent around town that there has to be an artificial exterior sound to alert pedestrians.

It starts with a button and goes into gear with a mouse. It can accelerate more quickly than an economy car with an engine, which needs more attention from the driver and sometimes gives drama for feedback. The 80-kilowatt (107-horsepower) electric motor, drawing from the lithium-ion battery pack under the floor, sends a strong 187 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels. It’s there when you need it, although the Leaf is not super-quick for passing from 40 to 70 mph.

To get maximum acceleration you have to press hard on the accelerator. It’s designed that way to make sure you really do want to use up that precious energy, kind of like your computer or television asking if you’re sure you want to delete that thing.

At any speed more than about 50 mph, the Leaf feels breathless, and the steering gets heavier, like it’s pushing into headwind, which is exactly what’s happening with wind drag, so the range drops like a stone.

An Eco mode cuts power by 10 percent, when you’re suffering from range anxiety, but it feels like more than 10 percent, dragging the Leaf down to slow and frustrating. For safety’s sake, Eco is over-ridden when you floor it.

The regenerative braking is tuned to feel like an automatic transmission. A B mode increases the regeneration to feel like engine braking. Because of the low center of gravity from the battery pack there’s almost no body roll, but being a tall car on small wheels, it’s sensitive to side winds.

Overall, the Leaf’s handling and roadholding are adequate, but hardly engaging; driven aggressively, it’s disappointing, with numb steering and little feedback. The driver feels removed. But on the upside, the turning circle is a shockingly small 17 feet.


If you’ve already decided to buy an electric car, the best reason to choose the 2016 Leaf is range.

Driving impressions by John Voelcker. Words by Sam Moses.

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