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Review I am not your prototypical Leaf owner. For one, I live in Connecticut...one of two Leaf owners in the state...I have a long commute (45 miles one way) and, at the moment, I don't have a Level 2 charger where I work (I'm working on that, but the Chevy Volt has made convincing my company to get one very difficult). After a few rookie mistakes (driving 70 mph to work in the cold w/o a full charge), one of which found me driving into my garage with 4 miles of charge left, I have learned to drive back and forth to work with no range issues. The Leaf definitely makes you think about the way you drive and makes you think about your trips before you go anywhere. That being said, I love my Leaf.
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What options are available on the 2012 Nissan Leaf?
Available Nissan Leaf 2012 Submodel Types: Hatchback
Available Trims: S, SL, SV
Exterior Colors: Super Black, Brilliant Silver, Gun Metallic, Glacier White, Blue Ocean, Cayenne Red, Deep Blue Pearl, Morning Sky Blue, Pearl White
Interior Colors: Black cloth, Light Grey cloth, Black leather
Popular Features: Alarm, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Auto Climate Control, Aux Audio Inputs, Bluetooth, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Rear Bench Seats, Stability Control, Tire Pressure Warning, Trip Computer, USB Inputs, Heated seats, Back-up camera, Navigation, Keyless Entry/Start, Upgraded Headlights, Leather Seats, Upgraded Stereo, 360-degree camera