2011 Nissan Leaf Long-Term Road Test


2011 Nissan Leaf SL: Easier Being Green

June 03, 2011

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What you see above is the badge on our Leaf. No, the color balance is not out of whack on my camera, the badge is actually tinted blue. Blue? Why blue? I have to admit, I'm not a fan of the blue treatment. To me, it looks like somebody left the protective film on it -- the film that keeps shiny bits from getting scratched up in transit.

As a former designer, this is a minor annoyance. I get the whole "blue skies" association, but for me, green is where it's at. If it were up to me, I would've proposed something as subtle as green lettering.

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Lexus uses blue inserts on their hybrids and it seems to work just fine. Here's the Nissan logo with green inserts added. I think it's a bit too much.

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Since I thought I had already gone too far, I decided to push it even more. Maybe some nice glittery leaves. To my surprise, I quite liked it.

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What do you think?

Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor

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