2011 Nissan Leaf Long-Term Road Test


2011 Nissan Leaf: Community Weekend

April 04, 2011

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I live in West L.A. in a neighborhood that's perhaps less sprawling and more pedestrian-friendly than your typical SoCal enclave. There's a Walgreen's within walking distance (open 24 hours for your 'round-the-clock shopping pleasure) and a Whole Foods just a couple of minutes away. I can get to movie theaters in less than a mile and I can stroll to the eateries of 3rd Street and Restaurant Row if I'm feeling so inclined.

As is often the case, the stops on my weekend itinerary involved destinations that were all within the immediate 'hood -- all within a mile or two. A couple of trips to the grocery store. A trip to a nearby restaurant to get the lowdown from an old friend who recently quit her job. A visit to KMart for a replacement water filter. The weather was on the warm side so I kept the Leaf's air on all throughout.

On Monday morning after the 6-mile drive into work, I had 58 miles of range left, according to the ol' range-o-meter; keep in mind that I'm not set up to charge at my apartment so the car's last charge was at work on Friday.

Electric cars won't be everybody's glass slipper but given the fact that I typically don't have a need for too much range, the Leaf strikes me as being a great little city car for my needs.

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor @ 1,613 miles

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