2012 Nissan Leaf | Review, Price, Interior, Exterior, Engine – Now, The 2012 Nissan Leaf ranks 4 out of 10 Upscale Small Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of 39 published reviews and test drives of the Nissan Leaf, and our analysis of reliability and safety data. The 2012 Nissan Leaf is kind to the environment, but a lot of shoppers may find its limited range and cramped interior hard to live with. Most reviewers will tell you that the 2012 Nissan Leaf has a lot going for it. Its price is good for an electric car, it’s loaded with standard features, and to the surprise of reviewers, it accelerates and brakes a lot like gasoline powered cars shoppers are used to. But many praises end there because the Leaf’s powertrain and interior space limit its practicality.
Now in its second model year, the 2012 Nissan Leaf was the first battery electric vehicle to be built in volume and sold by a major automaker in many decades. The five door compact hatchback has a striking look that’s as pioneering and modern as the Toyota Prius hybrid was in its day. The Leaf is easy to drive, provides comfortable space for four and accommodates five when needed, and costs perhaps one third to one-quarter as much per mile to operate as a gasoline car assuming you can afford the higher initial cost.
2012 Nissan Leaf Price :
2012 Nissan Leaf Price. – Pricing for the new 2012 Nissan Leaf has been set at $35,200 – $37,250 based on current exchange rates. If there are changes on the 2012 Nissan Leaf we will notify you as soon as possible, so keep follow our blog.
2012 Nissan Leaf Interior :
2012 Nissan Leaf Interior. – The nose tapers down because there’s no radiator it must cover. There’s no grille opening, just a center hatch with a big Nissan logo on it that’s slightly larger than a gas door. It covers the recharging ports. The headlines sweep back into vertical fins that help channel air along the sides of the car, reducing aerodynamic drag for better battery range. Nissan says the drag coefficient is 0.29 (though different manufacturers test in different wind tunnels, so such figures are rarely useful for direct comparisons).
The side doors are fairly conventional, but at the rear, the hatch is almost hexagonal, with the tall tail lamps mounted vertically alongside the hatch opening from the waistline upward. The Nissan Leaf comes in a variety of colors, including a unique Blue Ocean shade that’s become the electric car’s characteristic color. Nissan says 30 percent of Leafs will come in that shade, followed by silver, white, red, and black (in that order). Our red test car was particularly striking, though we’d recommend against black in warmer climates the air conditioning load can really sap driving range.
2012 Nissan Leaf Exterior :
2012 Nissan Leaf Exterior. – The 2012 Nissan Leaf is an all electric four door hatchback available in SV and SL trim levels. Standard equipment on the SV includes 16-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps, heated exterior mirrors, a battery heater, keyless ignition/entry, full power accessories, cruise control, automatic climate control, a height-adjustable driver seat, a heated tilt only steering wheel, heated front and rear seats and 60/40 split folding rear seats. Also included are cloth upholstery made from recycled materials, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth, an advanced trip computer, a navigation system and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack and an iPod/USB audio interface. The Leaf SL adds a spoiler mounted solar panel, automatic headlamps, foglamps, a rearview camera and a cargo cover, along with a quick-charge port that facilitates charging to 80 percent capacity in 30 minutes at high-voltage public charging stations.
2012 Nissan Leaf Engine :
2012 Nissan Leaf Engine. – The 80-kilowatt motor that powers the 2012 Leaf’s front wheels will accelerate briskly when asked to, but it requires you push hard on the “gas” pedal. That’s a different experience to most gasoline cars, which often provide half or more of their maximum power in the first inch or two of accelerator motion.
Top speed is limited to 90 mph, although a few test drivers have noted speeds slightly higher than that. It’s a huge hit to your range if you drive that fast, though, since the energy required to propel the car at 90 mph is far greater than that for 60 mph. And it points out that the Leaf’s most comfortable duties may be as an around-town or suburban commuter car.
Because the Leaf is all electric, it isn’t powered by gasoline. In most cases, that means owners must charge the Nissan Leaf before they leave home, which can take up to 20 hours without an optional quick charging station. Once charged, the Leaf’s maximum range on one charge is 73 miles, according to the EPA. This number can change based on how many people are in the car, the weather and how much cargo you’re carrying. Source: thecarconnection.com, usnews.rankingsandreviews.com, edmunds.com.