...Safety: The 2011 Nissan Leaf comes standard with antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags and side curtain airbags. A rearview camera is optional on the SL. Interior Design and Special Features: Because the Leaf's battery pack resides under the floor beneath the seats, the rear seat is quite comfortable for adults. The front seat provides no shortage of space for even tall drivers and the seats themselves are quite supportive and comfortable, though the vehicle's short range makes sure they'll never be enjoyed during a long-haul road trip. The cargo area is on...
...The Leaf has manually adjustable cloth front seats, which are made partly from recycled materials. Both my husband and I were able to find a great fit, which is a challenge sometimes since I'm 5 feet 3 inches and he's 6 feet 2 inches. However, the steering wheel only adjusts up and down. It doesn't telescope, which is surprising in a car where seemingly everything else was so well thought out. The backseat had plenty of space for my two daughters and their high-back booster seats. While the Leaf seats five, squeezing three kiddos in the backseat would be uncomfortable but doable in a pinch...
...Cloth upholstery is the only choice, and the interior is almost indistinguishable from a regular car's, with the exception of the drive mode selector, which looks like a computer mouse. The usual cupholders, center storage console, door pockets and glove compartment are all present. The standard touch-screen navigation system superimposes a graphical range indicator on the map. It also provides multiple energy-readout screens to help gauge energy use and remaining range. Under the Hood The Leaf uses a 340-volt battery pack under the floor to power an electric drive motor, which drives the...
Source: MSN Autos
...While 100 miles is more than the average driver needs in a day, a full charge takes 15 hours using a standard 110-volt outlet. Since you're used to leaving home with more gas than you'll need for the day, driving the Leaf feels like the low-fuel light is on; you always have one eye on the gauge. –Mike MeredithIt may not be the fastest, the best-handling and certainly not the most beautiful vehicle, but the Leaf is one of the coolest cars on the road. With its purely electric powertrain, the novelty of driving silently never seems to wear off. The Leaf is much more than a glorified golf...
..." The top speed is electronically limited to 95 mph. I found myself speeding inadvertently — a lot . This is always a good sign in a car. It reflects low noise levels, stability and confidence, things you don't always get in typical cars, much less in efficient ones. As I said of the Volt, the Leaf isn't merely quiet as it accelerates from a stop, it's admirably quiet at high speeds. Only when you hit around 60-70 mph does wind noise begin to become intrusive, especially when you encounter crosswinds. The car's bizarre, bulging headlights are designed to deflect air around the side...
...For a compact hatch, the Leaf's ride is supple, and while you're not going to win an autocross competition, the steering and suspension can take a hard corner without fuss. Headroom is great, but seat height can't be adjusted since the batteries are fitted underneath the carpet. Standard LED headlamps are piercingly bright, as are the rear LED tail lamps. Brake feel is superb, and not at all loose like some regenerative systems. But the Leaf is no moonshot. When the last GM EV1s were ripped from customer hands and crushed, they had a nearly 140-mile range, zipped to 60 miles per hour in under...
...The Nissan Leaf may not rocket us toward some utopian World of Tomorrow, but it sure feels like a piece of that world has come to life.
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