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The new 2011 Nissan Leaf receives good ranking in small upscale cars. Our ranking is based on analysis of various published reviews online and reports available on Nissan Leaf 2011. The added advantage in Nissan Leaf is that it is a Green 100% electric vehicle. It is the first electric car with environmental friendly features. Nissan Leaf is an affordable car with all electric power train, but if you consider the fuel saving the car does not cost much.

Nissan Leaf 2011

Nissan Leaf cost about $25,280 after tax savings, which is very high, but it is an electric car without gasoline engine. Nissan Leaf runs on an electric motor powered by a powerful battery pack. The battery pack is easy to charge at home with a standard 220 volt home outlet, or you can charge at quick charging station. These quick charging stations can also be installed in Nissan Leaf car owners’ homes. You can drive up to 100 miles when the batteries are fully charged that is a good mileage because not many people travel 100 miles a day. However, reviewers warn that this number can decrease considerably when heating or air conditioning is on. There are many people who are interested in Nissan Leaf because of Green Revolution.

It is the first practical electric vehicle that families can use. It is a four door hatchback with seating for five persons. Nissan Lead offers you excellent car like performance and amazing savings on fuel cost. All other electric cars available in the market are very expensive. The 2011 Nissan Leaf has starting price of $32,780, which is considerably affordable, but it is also expensive. Nissan Leaf has much lower operating costs than fuel powered cars. Nissan claims that it will cost you $2.75 per charge based on the standard electricity rates. Imagine even if you drive 50 miles in just $2.75. There are expected 20,000 Nissan Leaf that will be delivered to people this winter. You need to wait for the second phase of registration for Nissan Leaf sign up process.

There is no schedule for the next registration process. Nissan Leaf has received a good response, and it will be delivered to 20,000 people. Nissan Lead is your only option for affordable electric car. The Nissan Leaf is all electric-vehicle and it does not release any emissions. The Nissan Leaf 2011 comes in two trims the base SV and an option SL trim.

Nisaan Leaf 2011

There are good advance features in the base model SV like smart phone connectivity, which allows you to control the charging of Nissan Leaf with your cell phone. There is also navigation, Sirus/XM satellite radio and a bluetooth. People who are already signed up paid $99 refundable and are the first ones in the list. The deliveries should start in winter 2010. It is the best time for those who have missed the Nissan Lead registration because you can observe the performance on the roads.

Nissan Leaf Price;

Average Paid: $32,246 – $33,148, MSRP: $32,780 – $33,720, Invoice: $31,394 – $32,293

Nissan Leaf Ratings;

 

Nissan Leaf Performance: 4.1 (Good)

Nissan Leaf Exterior: 4.3 (Good)

Nissan Leaf Interior: 4.1 (Good)

Nissan Leaf Safety: Not Available

Nissan Leaf Reliability: Not Available

Power & Performance

 

Reviewers are thrilled about the new all electric power train on Nissan Leaf. The one charge can give you up to 100 miles drive. It takes about 8 hours to charge on standard outlet, but if you charge with Nissan quick charging station it will reduce the charge time. Reviewers are happy who driven the Nissan electric car and are very impressed. The 2011 Nissan Leaf has plenty of power and accelerates smoothly. Nissan Leaf offer sufficient power it has a 107 horsepower electric motor, which gets all the power from a 90 kilowatt lithium ion battery.

Nisaan Leaf 2011

The Nissan Leaf has two drive modes. You can select between Eco and Drive modes. Nissan Leaf requires a bit higher maintenance than fuel or gasoline powered cars, but it has many advantages. You can charge the Nissan Leaf at home or on a quick charging station, which can also be installed in your home. It can be installed at home easily, but it will cost you $2,200 extra.

It is convenient to have a Nissan quick charging station to be installed at home because you can leave the car on charging while asleep. It will take about more than an hour to charge the Nissan Leaf via Nissan quick charging station on an estimate. If the batteries are fully charged, it will take you 73 miles considering driving and climate conditions. On the other hand, Nissan Leaf will get 106 miles per charge in the city and 92 miles on the highway. If you turn on heating and air conditioning, the mileage will be reduced. Electricity rates are significantly lower than fuel prices and reviewers say that Nissan Leaf will save you good money at the end of each month.

Most of the auto reviewers are not impressed with Nissan Leaf steering. It does not provide grip on fast turns. However, the braking system is good. Another plus is that Nissan Leaf has regenerative braking, which means the battery recharges when the brake is pressed or when you decrease the acceleration. The system is smooth and reviewers are happy with braking.

Interior & Exterior

Green cars have unique futuristic interiors and Nissan Leaf offers the same. Nissan decided to offer many standard features that are not standard in many upscale cars. The base SV trim has many standard features like push button start, iPod, navigation and bluetooth. Most of the eco-cars have tight rear rows. The Nissan Leaf also offers the same tight rear row because the battery raises the floor height. Some of the reviewers say that the Nissan Leaf works best as a two seater, or maybe you can use rear seats for kids. The front seats are comfortable and spacious.

Nisaan Leaf 2011 interior

The standard features include Nissan Intelligent Key and Push Button Start, remote keyless entry, steering wheel-mounted controls, Bluetooth hands-free technology, steering wheel-mounted controls, an auxiliary audio input jack, an audio system with MP3 playback, XM Satellite Radio, iPod interface and a Nissan Navigation System. The SL trim offers solar panel charging and rear camera for $1,000. However, the solar panel is not appreciated by reviewers because it doesn’t offer exceptional charging.

The best feature is smart phone connectivity, which allows users to turn on heating and air conditioning before they get in the car.. The smart phone connectivity also allows you to control the charging times. You can save on electricity bill by setting the timings on off-peak hours. The Nissan Leaf has a dash mounted display, which shows the remaining power in terms of reachable location and also indicates nearby charging stations compatible with Nissan Leaf. Nissan Leaf does not offer enough cargo space because most of the space is taken by the electric motor and rest by batteries.

Nisaan Leaf 2011

The Nissan Leaf shape is attractive, and it is a five door hatchback. The design is perfectly curved to make the car aerodynamic. Nissan Lead doesn’t produce any emissions so it has no tail pipe. Nissan Leaf has no traditional fuel door and gas cap. The Nissan Leaf has a small panel on the front hood which reveals the car plug-in charge points. There are two are two charge points one for home charging for standard 220 volt outlet and other for Nissan quick charging station. The exterior is futuristic and it has a purpose. Nissan worked hard to decrease the interior noise by making the car aerodynamic. Automotive industry does not appreciate the styling at all.

Safety & Reliability

Nissan Leaf will be available in December, but there are no crash tests for Nissan Leaf. However, Nissan Leaf comes with many standard safety features. The standard safety features include Advanced Air Bag System with dual-stage supplemental front air bags, roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags, and driver and front passenger seat-mounted side-impact supplemental airbags. Nissan Leaf also features a Traction Control System, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Brake Assist, 4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes, Vehicle Dynamic Control, a Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children, and Tire Pressure Monitoring system.

Nissan Leaf comes with 36 months or 36,000 miles warranty. It also offers the power train coverage for 60 months or 60,000 miles and lithium ion battery coverage for 96 months or 100,000 miles.

 

About the author: Ahmad Wali

 

Ahmad Wali is associated with automotive industry from past 4 years. Also the member of the Cars Edition Magazine and critique for latest car reviews. Apart from Automotive industry he is an Entrepreneur running blog network including UK eBest Cars. Say Hello on twitter

 

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