We've only had our 2011 Leaf for two weeks but already we are in love with this car. Gas has gone up $.20 since my last fill up in my old car, so I'm already saving more money.
The car has great "get up and go", it isn't anything like the hybrids you hear about not having any power to them. I can leave everyone at the stop light if I want to. The first few days I found myself speeding frequently.
The interior is very comfortable, even for adults in the back seat. It sits up a little higher than the sedan I traded in, which is nice.
This car is all electric so it's not for someone looking to drive it a long way. I only use it to commute to work and run errands so it's perfect.
No oil changes!
No emissions checks!
Interior is made using recycled materials
Easy to use controls
The lack of a battery capacity warranty has left dozens of warm-climate owners with cars that are no longer useful, and that are unsellable. There are no dealers in Phoenix, AZ that will take these cars as trade-ins because of the issues with the battery. After getting positive battery care reports, we can travel no more than 50 miles in our car that should go 80-100 miles. Nissan is changing it's story at every turn, and refuses to acknowledge a problem. Google: Real World Battery Capacity Loss, and you'll see the real deal with how Nissan treats it's customers. They do not stand behind this product. They got their 1.4 billion dollar loan, they don't need the LEAF anymore.
None, a car that can barely just get me to work and back is useless.
Capacity Warranty, Battery Thermal Management, Improved range, More knowledgable sales staff and technicians, truth in advertising.
I've had my 2011 Leaf for a month now. It's my only car. So far I've spent a grand total of $8.10 in electricity to drive 729 miles. In my previous car I was spending $180 a month in gasoline and probably another $50 in maintenance (if you averaged it out per month.) In the NW, off-peak power is $.044 / kwh. So, as you can see it's saving me about $220 / month. I've taken this car to every family event, errand and work daily. Not a single problem with range or anything else. I don't even need the 240v charger. The car is just great all around. Good room, good ride, excellent electronics, and decent handling. Acceleration is very good around town.
I love the electronics package!
The ride is very much like a luxury car and it's quieter than ANY gasoline vehicle I've ever ridden in.
Of course, the best feature of all is not paying for gas anymore, ever and no pollution from the car.
Obviously, a range increase would be nice, but with the West Green Highway network of DC Fast Chargers this is becoming a non-issue.
One other small annoyance, every time I start the car it asks for permission to send data to Nissan.
Can't they default that message to YES or NO?
I've really enjoyed owning and driving this car, which is now up to 10,000 miles. It is incredibly smooth, quiet and generally effortless to drive. The interior feels large, with plenty of room in the back for adults. The storage area is ample for the around-town usage dictated by the range. The range is occasionally a nuisance, but that's increasingly mitigated by charge stations. When my trips are well within the range, I have fun with the torque and the low center of gravity. So far it's getting about 30 miles per dollar, a fascinating new metric that really puts the sucking sound in the front of our minivan in perspective. (It's five times more expensive to drive that one a mile.)
Smooth, quiet, cheap miles
Could use a better horn, a light in the charge port, and a better menu for browsing songs on USB devices.