2011 Nissan Leaf Long-Term Road Test


2011 Nissan Leaf: Shifter or Mouse?

March 11, 2011

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I'm guessing a mouse is what Nissan was going for when it came time to design the shifter in the Leaf. Problem is, no matter how much computing power is buried within the Leaf's dashboard, it's still a car.

Reaching down to put into gear is not a pleasant process with this little nub thing. There's not much to grab and it doesn't feel natural moving from one gear to other. Of all the things Nissan could have done to get creative, messing with something as simple as the shifter was not the best move. Should've conserved all that energy for the exterior, definitely needs some help there.

Ed Hellwig, Editor, Edmunds.com

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