2011 Nissan Leaf Road Test 2 Specs | Edmunds

2011 Nissan Leaf - Road Test Specs

2011 Nissan Leaf Hatchback

(0-cyl. Electric 1-speed Direct Drive)


Year Make Model2011 Nissan Leaf SL-e 4dr Hatchback (3-phase, 4-pole electric DD)
Vehicle TypeFWD 4dr 5-passenger Hatchback
Base MSRP$34,540
Options on test vehicleEco Design Package (sill plates, exterior decals, center console trim); Floor and Cargo Area Mats; Splash Guards.
As-tested MSRP$35,110


ConfigurationTransverse, front-electric motor, front-wheel drive
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)107
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)207
Fuel typeElectricity
Battery typeLithium-ion
Battery capacity, rated (kW-hr)24 kWh
Plug-in type (110v/220v)110v & 220v standard; 480v optional
Charge time (hours @ 110v/220v)21 @ 110v; 8 @ 220v (mfr est.)
Plug-in driving range, mfr. claim (mi.)100
Transmission typeSingle-speed Direct Drive
Final-drive ratio (x:1)7.94


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearSemi-independent twist beam-axle, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, integrated stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric speed-proportional power steering
Tire make and modelBridgestone Ecopia EP422
Tire typeAll-season front and rear
Tire sizeP205/55R16 89H
Wheel size16 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAluminum alloy
Brakes, frontOne-piece ventilated cast-iron discs with two-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rearOne-piece solid cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)3.4
0-45 mph (sec.)6.0
0-60 mph (sec.)10.0
0-75 mph (sec.)16.0
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)17.3 @ 77.8
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)9.6
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)3.3
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)6.0
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)9.9
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)15.9
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)17.3 @ 78.0
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)9.6
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)32
60-0 mph (ft.)126
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)63.0
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON58.5
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.78
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.75
Sound level @ idle (dB)36.7
@ Full throttle (dB)67.7
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)67.7

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsSurprising snap from a dead stop, but not if I overlapped the pedals. Best to "slap and go" (i.e., simply floor the accelerator pedal). Of course, it's very quiet, with slight motor whine and exceptionally linear acceleration. No wheelspin possible even with traction control switched off.
Braking commentsFirst stop was routine; however, subsequent stops resulted in wheel hop/judder/skidding from about 45 mph until stopped.
Handling commentsSkid pad: With ESC off, mild understeer is easy to maintain with exceptionally precise throttle response -- no steering required. Steering itself fells artificially weighted; however, its feedback is better than other EPS systems we've tested. ESC on merely takes away throttle. Slalom: With ESC off, the Leaf has a propensity to oversteer progressively down course. While there is a magic (6.28-second) run in it, the number of runs required to achieve that make it an unrealistic result. Good turn-in but slow to set with major roll and long transitions. Steering weight is appropriate and feel is suprisingly natural. ESC on is super intrusive!

Testing Conditions

Test date11/16/2010
Test locationCalifornia Speedway
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)66.7
Relative humidity (%)31.8
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.9
Wind (mph, direction)2.1 cross
Odometer (mi.)1,376
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)36/36

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)106 city/92 highway/99 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)34.3 kWh/100 miles
Driving range (mi.)73 (EPA)

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,375
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,354
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)56.6/43.4
Length (in.)175.0
Width (in.)69.7
Height (in.)61.0
Wheelbase (in.)106.3
Track, front (in.)60.6
Track, rear (in.)60.4
Turning circle (ft.)17.1
Seating capacity5
Step-in height, measured (in.)14.9
Cargo loading height, measured (in.)28.6
GVWR (lbs.)4,322


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/unlimited miles
Roadside assistance3 years/unlimited miles
Hybrid/battery8 years/100,000 miles

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