2012 Nissan Leaf SV 4dr Hatchback (3-phase, 4-pole electric DD)
We have a 68 mile daily commute to and from work in cold climate Michigan so we looked at the volt, prius, tdi, among others trying to offset costs of gas.
We narrowed our choice to a volt or leaf after test driving cars.
The volt was a close second but the Leaf beat it out for the following reasons: the volt managed a meager 30 miles in all electric when driven in temps hovering in the mid 40‘s - this wouldn't even get us half way.
The leaf pulled out 82 during same weather.
The leaf is larger with seating for 5 and larger cargo area.
We liked the Leaf's dash and gauge layout better than the Volt.
The leaf is quiet,yet has tremendous torque and really flies off the line.
Carwings - We love how we can start the climate control, heat our car, and get it ready without leaving our house.
Carwings let's us do all of this via our phone or ipad.
Navigation system is top notch and very accurate.
Acceleration and torque.
Heated steering wheel
Roomy interior and comfortable seats
80+ miles of all electric driving which meets our daily commute of 68 with miles to spare.
Never had to recharge at work.
We have made long tips (160 miles) in the car with planning.
We traveled to Detroit from grand rapids with one stop in Lansing to charge our car.
Worked out well as lots of charging statins along the way.
Can't wait for the DC level 3 stations to be implemented which will charge our car to 80% capacity in 30 minutes.
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