2012 Nissan LEAF  -  $36,050

Vehicle Details

MSRP: $36,050
Base Invoice: $34,557
Destination Charge: $850
Options: $0
Trim: 4dr HB SV
Doors: 4
Drive train: Front Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: | City: | Hwy:
Body Style: 4dr HB SV


All-electric powertrain, 100-mile nominal range on an 8-hour charge, driving characteristics of a regular gasoline-powered car

Model News

The Nissan LEAF is the first all-electric car available to the mass U.S. market. Introduced as a new vehicle in 2011, it ventures into 2012 virtually unchanged.

Value Writeup

Nissan has broken new ground with the LEAF, which is the company's first all-electric subcompact. Unlike the Tesla roadster or smart electric, this electric car has room for five, and it's being built on a much more massive scale. With a reported MSRP of $35,200, it offers pure, practical full-electric vehicle driving more affordable than the nearest competitor, the Chevrolet Volt, which stickers at over $39,100.

Model Highlights

The Nissan LEAF is the first all-electric vehicle to be built on a large scale by a major automakers. Unlike the Chevrolet Volt or Toyota Prius, the LEAF runs on electric power only, with four doors and room for five. Two trim levels are available: the SV and up-market SL.

Motivation for each comes in the form of a 107-hp 80kW AC electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. Nissan claims this combination allows for a 100-mile range between charges, which can be done via either a 110-volt or 220-volt household outlet. At 110 volts, a complete recharge takes around 20 hours, while a 220-volt outlet achieves a full battery in just 8 hours. Both trims come only with a single-speed transmission that is said to function transparently, like a conventional automatic.

A total of 48 battery packs are located centrally in the chassis, which helps provide a good balance and decent handling. And with torque from the electric motor always instantly available, the LEAF is no slouch--Nissan compares its performance to that of a similar car fitted with a 2.5L gasoline engine. City streets with stop-and-go driving are where the LEAF is most at home, although it's capable of 90 mph--albeit at a significantly decreased range. Braking is achieved via standard 4-wheel power assisted disc brakes, which are also regenerative, providing power back into the system.

On the outside, the LEAF features unique styling and "Zero Emissions" markings, as well as special aerodynamic underbody panels and diffusers to help reduce parasitic drag. Inside, the LEAF features a 6-way adjustable driver's seat and a 4-way passenger's seat, both of which are adjusted manually. In keeping with the LEAF's green cred, the seats are made of partially recycled fabric.

Safety features include those that you might expect on any small car on the market today. Anti-lock brakes, traction control and an antiskid system are all part of the package, as well as dual-stage front side airbags and curtain side airbags.

Both the SV and SL come with navigation as standard. The SL features Nissan's Intelligent Key and push-button start, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, power locks, power windows and cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls. SL models add a rearview camera, fog lights, a roof-mounted solar panel to charge batteries that run accessory items, automatic headlights and an available "quick charge" port that can bring the batteries to 80% charge in just 30 minutes. Nissan's CARWINGS system allows remote connection into the LEAF's computer via cell phone, which can monitor charging status, start a charge and even activate heating and air conditioning systems to prepare for an upcoming drive.

Front Wheel Drive

Cruising Range - City
0.00 mi

Cruising Range - Hwy
0.00 mi

Engine Order Code

Engine Type

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
107 @ -TBD-

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
207 @ -TBD-

Trans Order Code

Trans Type

Trans Description Cont.

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

EPA MPG Equivalent - City

EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy

EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined

Battery Range
73 mi

EPA Classification

Passenger Capacity

Passenger Volume
98.3 ft³

Front Head Room
41.2 in

Front Leg Room
42.1 in

Front Shoulder Room
54.4 in

Front Hip Room
51.5 in

Second Head Room
37.3 in

Second Leg Room
31.1 in

Second Shoulder Room
52.5 in

Second Hip Room
50.0 in

106.3 in

Length, Overall
175.0 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
69.7 in

Height, Overall
61.0 in

Track Width, Front
60.6 in

Track Width, Rear
60.4 in

Min Ground Clearance
6.3 in

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up
14.5 ft³

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down
24.0 ft³

Base Curb Weight
3385 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut

Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs

Front Tire Size

Rear Tire Size

Front Wheel Size
16 x -TBD- in

Rear Wheel Size
16 x -TBD- in

Front Wheel Material

Rear Wheel Material

Steering Type
Electric Pwr

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
34.1 ft

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall
36.1 ft

Brake Type

Brake ABS System

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
11.1 x 1.1 in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
11.5 x 0.6 in

Basic Years

Basic Miles/km

Drivetrain Years

Drivetrain Miles/km

Corrosion Years

Corrosion Miles/km

Hybrid/Electric Components Years

Hybrid/Electric Components Miles/km

Overall Rating

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

Frontal Crash Test Note
Not Applicable

Overall Side Crash Rating

Side Barrier Rating

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

Male/Female Dummy Note
Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

Rollover Rating

Rollover Rating Dynamic Test Result
No Tip

Risk of Rollover

Side Barrier Rating Driver

Rollover Note
Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

Side Barrier Rating Note
Not Applicable

80kW AC synchronous electric motor

Push-button start

24 kWh lithium-ion battery

3.3 kW onboard charger

240V charge port

Single speed gearbox

Front wheel drive

Battery heater

Independent MacPherson strut front suspension -inc: coil springs

Torsion beam rear suspension -inc: coil springs

Front/rear stabilizer bar

Vehicle speed-sensitive electric pwr steering

Pwr vented disc brakes

Regenerative braking system

Portable 120V trickle charge cable

5-spoke 16" alloy wheels

P205/55R16 all-season tires

Rear spoiler

Body-colored front/rear bumpers

Aerodynamic under body cover

Rear diffuser

Tow hooks -inc: (1) front/(1) rear

LED headlights

Body-colored remote controlled heated pwr exterior mirrors

UV reducing glass

Variable intermittent windshield wipers

Intermittent rear window wiper w/washer

Chrome exterior door handles

AM/FM stereo w/CD player & MP3/WMA playback -inc: aux input, USB input, iPod input, (6) speakers

XM satellite radio

Bluetooth hands-free phone system

Fixed roof antenna

Heated front bucket seats -inc: 6-way manual driver, 4-way manual front passenger, height adjustable head restraints

60/40 fold-down heated rear bench seat -inc: height adjustable head restraints

Partially recycled cloth seat fabric

Center console storage

Dual front cupholders in front center console

Dual front/rear bottle holders in door panels

3-spoke urethane tilt heated steering wheel

Steering wheel mounted cruise/audio/Bluetooth controls

Digital meter cluster

Trip computer -inc: instant/average energy consumption, drive time, outside temp, autonomy range

Palm-shift drive selector

Pwr door locks w/auto-lock

Pwr windows w/driver one-touch auto up/down

Cruise control

Intelligent Key system

Remote charge door release

Immobilizer system

Vehicle security system

Navigation system -inc: 7" LCD display, voice recognition, SDHC memory card slot, XM NavTraffic

Automatic temp control w/front microfilters

Rear HVAC duct

Rear window defroster w/timer

Illuminated glove box

12V pwr outlet

Front door map pocket

Chrome interior door handles

Front map lamps

Auto dimming rearview mirror

Front visor vanity mirrors

(4) front/rear assist grips

Driver & front passenger seat back map pockets

Carpeted floor & cargo area

Electronic parking brake

4-wheel anti-lock brake system (ABS)

Electronic brake force distribution w/brake assist

Vehicle dynamic control (VDC)

Traction control system (TCS)

Shift interlock

Front/rear energy absorbing bumpers

Steel side-door impact beams

Zone body construction w/front & rear crumple zones

Dual-stage front airbags w/occupant classification system

Front side-impact airbags

Front/rear side curtain airbags

Nissan Connection telematics -inc: CARWINGS remote connection to monitor battery state of charge/charging status, start charging event, turn on HVAC system

3-point ELR driver seat belt w/pretensioner & load limiter

3-point ELR/ALR front passenger seat belt w/pretensioner & load limiter

3-point ELR/ALR rear seat belts at all positions

Adjustable front seat belt upper anchors

Child safety rear door locks

Rear child seat tether anchors (LATCH)

Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)

Energy absorbing steering column

Tire repair kit




















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