2011 Nissan Leaf Long-Term Road Test


2011 Nissan Leaf SL: Price Hike for 2012

July 19, 2011

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Going the opposite way of the Chevy Volt, Nissan has announced that for the 2012 model year, the Nissan Leaf will come with more options and a higher price.

The Base SV now starts at $36,050, $2,420 over 2011 while the top-trim SL (which we have) will now start at $38,100, $3,530 over 2011.

The price cut for the Volt was due to decontenting and the price hike for the Leaf is due to content addition. Specifically, quick charging, battery warmer, heated steering wheel and heated front and rear seats are now standard. DC Fast Charge is now standard on the SL-- something 90 percent of Leaf buyers were already buying.

More expensive, yes, but still $4,000 less than a Volt.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor, Edmunds.com

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