This vehicle is proving itself to work very well for the specific purpose we had in mind - to be used to get around our town, school PUDOs, sport, groceries ... all family oriented activity. Charging is really easy as we have a lot of options in the town we live in as well as at home. The range is even good enough for us to use it for short trips to nearby trailheads when we're out hiking. The vehicle drives well, is compact so it's very easy to park, and the interior is simple and comfortable. Plenty of storage in the back. ECO mode is our normal use case while we switch this off when we need a quick burst of speed. We're shortly going to be charging the vehicle from the new solar array on our house - so it's a nice and complete scenario there!
I have had my 2014 LEAF SV for four years and have put 23,300 miles on it. My wife is the primary driver and "loves it." I recently took it in for its four-year battery check. The batteries are down only one bar (of 12), so are doing quite well. This is the first time I spent any money for maintenance -- replacing the brake fluid and the cabin air filter. If I had to make the same purchase decision again, I would go with the LEAF.
Everything about this car impressed me except for the difference in highway mileage range and the city range. Unlike the gasoline cars, this one gives you very good city range but in freeways it consumes power 1.5 times more than average, so if you wanna take the freeway for a far distance, don`t rely too much on the "Range Estimation" that car gives you.
Very comfortable, excellent value, high tech everything, good stereo, fun to drive, quiet cabin, smooth steering wheel and many more...
The mileage range would be perfect if it gives you an actual 100+ range for a full charge.
The level 2 charge should be improved to take less time.
Parking sensors should be added.
the reverse drive loud beep is really unnecessary and annoying.
It is tough admitting to a mistake, but the Leaf in IL may have been one.
I say "may" because the lease payment vs. my Avalanche is so much less, that it will still probably pay off my solar panels with the difference, but I probably should have held out for a Volt to be available locally.
What don't I like about the Leaf?
It's COLD. I call it my carcicle
The stereo is not good enough for music (does fine with audio books)
The battery life in the winter stinks, and no one told me it would be this bad...real world: ~75 miles/charge in warm weather; ~45 miles/charge in the winter...and it's freezing in the car!
I can't move farther than 75 miles from where I live now without towing
What do I like about the Leaf?
- I Looove the guilt free (via the solar) acceleration
- The interior is nice and roomy (marked down above due to coooooold
- I love that "gassing up" consists of two steps to the front of my car, plugging in and walking away
- I like that it is probably cheaper to drive (jury is out due to winter battery life...haven't compiled a year of stats)