- An all-electric car that pretty much drives the same as every other car.
- It’s comfortable to drive, and no engine sound or smell.
- A fine choice for short-mileage commuters and running errands; especially if you have access to charging during the work day.
- All the accoutrements you’d want: steering wheel controls, seat heaters, AM/FM/XM radio and more.
- Feels heavy, due to the battery weight. Because the weight is low in the car, it gives the car a solid feel, but also feels heavy in terms of handling.
- No gas engine back-up: pure electric vehicle with approximately a 75-mile range, resulting in “range anxiety.”
- The Leaf is still for early adopters only—because of the limited range, it’s not usable for long drives. It’s only practical for a limited geographical circumference around your home. Before you buy, track your actual mileage, to make sure you’re well within the Leaf’s range.
- To charge the Leaf, you’ve got to have access to an electrical outlet—making ownership hard for most city dwellers, for who the Leaf would be most attractive.
- Range gauge indicates 110-120 miles when charged, but it’s not particularly accurate. Seventy-five miles is more realistic, especially in the winter or during cold spells.
- Range impacted by weather, use of accessories and any acceleration that’s beyond gentle.
- High-purchase price, considering what you get: Even with the $7,500 federal tax break, the cost will run into the low 30s.
- Due to weight, the Leaf doesn’t stop as quickly as you might expect.
- Subjectively speaking, it’s…what’s the word? Ugly. Particularly the back end.