2012 Nissan Leaf Electric 1-speed Direct Drive Consumer Review - Electric Wonder
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2012 Nissan Leaf SL 4dr Hatchback (3-phase, 4-pole electric DD)

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By mikelaw1 on

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2012 Nissan Leaf SL 4dr Hatchback (3-phase, 4-pole electric DD)

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The Leaf has great acceleration up to about 40 mph, because of the high torque of the electric drive, it is only two wheel drive but feels like four wheels drive, maybe because of large wide tires (55 series) and a low center of gravity, Batteries under floorboard have a lot of weight, so it really hugs the road. Keeps the car about forty mph in ECO mode, (slower mode, slower acceleration ) should get you 150+ mile range. It really begins to use up the juice over 50 mph and by 60 to 70 mph range is only about 75. Frost on inside if left outside is a problem requiring defrosting before starting out. It is a really about town car. Most charging stations appear to charge $3 for a charge.

Favorite Features

Charge times much less than advertised for me. Heated seats and steering wheel a real plus in winter to save range is heater really uses up electricity for 20112 and before models. Seats very comfortable. SL is worth extra price to get heated seats, steering wheel. High setting on seats is really hot, low was enough for me.

Suggested Improvements

Already being done, for 2013, longer range, better heating.
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