2011 Nissan Leaf Long-Term Road Test


2011 Nissan Leaf SL: None Shall Pass

June 29, 2011

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Besides having a quiet-as-a-crypt cabin and no exhaust fumes, our little Leaf has a decent amount of power. Case in point: this morning's drive into the office and a sneaky driver.

There I was at a red light, waiting patiently for the light to turn. Then I see a white Mazda 3 sneaking up on the right. With that ridiculous grin on the front of that car, I knew that this driver would attempt to snake me out of the gate. There's no real lane to the right of me, and there's very little room ahead for the Mazda to accelerate and pass. There's no doubt that she is going to swerve right across my bow.

"None shall pass," I said in my best Black Knight voice, "I yield to no Mazda."

Sure enough, as the opposing traffic light turned yellow, the Mazda 3 started creeping forward out of my blind spot. A quick flick of the drive selector from ECO to D, a hearty stomp on the pedal and I was smoothly and quickly shuttled far ahead of the right-lane demon.

"I'm invincible! The Black Knight always triumphs!"

But like John Cleese's character in one of my all-time favorite movies, I was probably a bit misguided. The Mazda driver probably thought that I was unaware of her presence, or that as an electric pod person, I didn't have the stones to blow through a bunch of electrons in order to reach the other side of the intersection first. Or perhaps she underestimated the Leaf's instant torque.

In any case, I won. So, "na-nana-boo-boo, stick your head in doo doo."

Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor

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