2017 Nissan LEAF
2017 Nissan LEAF pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which LEAF does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating3.5 / 5
The first of the real battery electric vehicles on the market, the Nissan Leaf stands as the default electric car for the everyday buyer. And as the market for electric cars increases (the new Chevrolet Bolt and the forthcoming Tesla Model 3, for example), the Leaf's days, as it sits, are numbered. In order to keep Leaf sales moving, the 2017 Leaf S receives the same 30-kWh lithium-ion battery as the SV and SL variants. This increases its range from 84 to 107 miles, a welcomed boost. Otherwise the chassis, suspension, interior and exterior remain the same. But we're not complaining since the five-seater hatchback is roomy and functional and, most importantly, easy to use.
If you can wait, an all-new Leaf is destined to drop from the Nissan tree and address many of the concerns we've had about the Leaf, such as a modern interior layout, a new look, better performance and, most importantly, even more range. But if all you need is easy-to-use, affordable and gasoline-free transportation, the 2017 Leaf is still worth a look.
Trim levels & features
As the lowest trim level, the 2017 Nissan Leaf S is a bit bare-bones, at least as electric mobility goes. But you can add the the optional Charge package for quicker recharging. Otherwise, it's still a very functional car. The SV adds the Charge package and navigation as standard, but it still doesn't beat the S in the value proposition. The top-level SL adds leather seats, LED headlights and a host of comfort features that might edge out the S if you'd like a pampered electrified ride.
Nevertheless, all three feature the same suspension and powertrain, and mainly differ in infotainment, interior materials and wheel choices. Our choice, the S, comes with steel wheels, an 80-kW AC synchronous motor (produces 107 horsepower and 187 lb-ft of torque), front heated seats and a 60/40-split folding rear seat. You also get a rearview camera, a 5-inch central display, Bluetooth connectivity, and a USB port for streaming audio and charging your smartphone.
The optional Charge package includes the quicker 6.6-kW onboard charger and extra DC fast-charger port.
The SV comes with alloy wheels, the Charge package, a 7-inch touchscreen, navigation and NissanConnect, Nissan's web-connectivity system. The seats are still fabric, but rather than cloth, they're made out of a sustainably sourced, suede-like polyethylene terephthalate (PET).
As the top model, the SL adds LED headlights, foglights, heated rear seats (heated front seats are standard for all trims) and leather upholstery.
The SV and SL can be had with a Premium package, which includes a Bose audio system and a 360-degree camera system.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2015 Nissan Leaf SL (electric | direct drive).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Leaf has received some revisions, including the addition of the 30-kWh lithium-ion battery. But our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Leaf.
Noise & vibration5
Ease of use1
Getting in/getting out4
Most helpful consumer reviews
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite LEAF safety features:
- RearView and Around View Monitors
- Provides a camera view of what's behind you. An optional Premium package for SV and SL trims provides a 360-degree view around the car.
- Advanced Air Bag System
- The front airbags adjust inflation rate based on crash severity, while side bags adjust based on seat position, helping to minimize injury.
- NissanConnect EV
- Using an app on your smartphone, it lets you know when your battery is charged and can set the interior temperature for maximum comfort.
The 2017 Nissan Leaf is an affordable and easy-to-use electric vehicle, but it lacks the latest and greatest in technology and safety that the competition has. Still by only offering concise packages and minimal options, Nissan made the Leaf easy and convenient to purchase.
Those trim levels are the S, SV and SL, and the 2017 model year brings them closer than before. Although all Leafs have had the same 107-horsepower motor and the same basic interior and exterior, they now all have the same 30-kWh battery pack, providing an estimated 107 miles of range.
The S trim features Bluetooth, a USB port for smartphone connectivity, steering-wheel-mounted controls, keyless entry and ignition and heated front seats. Both SV and SL trims add on to that by including alloy wheels, heated mirrors and a built-in 7-inch navigation system.
NissanConnect EV is also standard, and this allows you to control charging and climate control systems from your smartphone when your Leaf is plugged into a charger. The Charge package is standard, and it increases charge speeds by incorporating a higher-capacity Level 2 charger (from 3.3 kW to 6.6 kW) as well as a high-speed Level 3 DC charge port. The Charge package is optional on the the standard S trim, and we highly advise getting your car with it.
Differences between the SV and SL are mainly cosmetic: The SV wraps the seats in a special fabric, whereas the SL features leather. The SL adds to that with heated rear seats, HomeLink, LED headlights and foglights. All new Leaf buyers receive a federal tax credit, and additional rebates are often offered at the state level. Let Edmunds help you navigate the electric vehicle field to find the best 2017 Nissan Leaf for you.
2017 Nissan LEAF Overview
The 2017 Nissan LEAF is offered in the following submodels: LEAF Hatchback. Available styles include SV 4dr Hatchback (electric DD), S 4dr Hatchback (electric DD), and SL 4dr Hatchback (electric DD).
What do people think of the 2017 Nissan LEAF?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2017 Nissan LEAF and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2017 LEAF 5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2017 LEAF.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2017 Nissan LEAF and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2017 LEAF featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.
Our Review Process
This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.
We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.
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Should I lease or buy a 2017 Nissan LEAF?
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