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.
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