2013 Nissan Leaf Gets Fuel Economy, Range Improvement, Says EPA


  • 2013 Nissan Leaf Picture

    2013 Nissan Leaf Picture

    The 2013 Nissan Leaf gets improved fuel economy and a better driving range, according to the EPA. | May 03, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • The electric 2013 Nissan Leaf returns the mpg equivalent of 129 in city driving and 102 on the highway.
  • The 2012 Nissan Leaf returns the mpg equivalent of 106 in city driving and 92 on the highway.
  • The 2013 Nissan Leaf has a driving range of 75 miles, an improvement of two miles over the 2012 Leaf.

WASHINGTON — The electric 2013 Nissan Leaf returns the mpg equivalent of 129 in city driving and 102 on the highway, according to the EPA.

The 2013 Leaf has a combined MPGe of 115.

The 2012 Nissan Leaf returns the mpg equivalent of 106 in city driving and 92 on the highway.

The 2013 Nissan Leaf has a driving range of 75 miles, an improvement of two miles over the 2012 Leaf, the EPA said.

Changes to the 2013 Leaf, including improved energy efficiency due to better aerodynamics, a wider range of regenerative braking and improved energy management, were announced earlier this year. But the Leaf's EPA results were announced recently.

The 2013 Nissan Leaf starts at $29,650, including an $850 destination charge.

Leaf sales are up, according to Nissan's April sales report. The automaker sold 5,476 Leafs from January through April versus 2,103 during the same period in 2012.

Despite the fuel economy improvements, the 2013 Leaf is not the most fuel-efficient car sold in the U.S., according to the EPA. The 2013 Scion iQ electric vehicle is at the top of the EPA's most fuel-efficient vehicle list, with a combined MPGe of 121. The 2013 Honda Fit EV is in the No. 2 spot on the EPA's list with a combined MPGe of 118.

Although fuel prices have dropped recently, they still remain high. The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report on Friday pegged the average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline in the U.S. at $3.52 versus $3.80 a year ago.

Edmunds says: Nissan squeezes better fuel economy and a slight increase in range out of the 2013 Nissan Leaf, which is good news for consumers shopping for an EV.

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